August presents so much anticipation for the upcoming football season. It’s the longest month, because your patience will be tested. There’s plenty of roster news, scrimmages, injuries and personnel moves that keep you informed. There’s just no games.
Then there are the projections. Last week we detailed the top five games in 2014. Now, we unveil the five players who will have the most impact this coming fall.
Agree or disagree, this is just another reminder that the season is getting closer. As always, we do this in alphabetical order.
Ryan Agnew, Carroll, QB, Sr.: He’s simply the most talented quarterback in the area. The dual threat has six Division I offers and could reel in more should he continue to perform at a high level. Agnew completed nearly 75 percent of his passes in 2013. Couple that with 1,252 rushing yards and there’s no doubt, opponents must decide which part of his game they want to limit. Agnew’s chief task this year is to bring along an inexperienced group of wide receivers. If they perform, it will continue to speak to Agnew’s presence.
Emmanuel Moore, Justin Northwest, WR, Sr.: In 2013, he caught 43 percent of his team’s receiving yards (1,068, 9TD) and just had a knack for finding a way to get open. For the sake of accuracy, he and quarterback Jesse Drummer quickly developed a chemistry that just works. Slant pattern? No problem. Deep route? No problem. Going across the middle? No big deal. At 6-1, 180, Moore is fast enough and physical enough to make any kind of catch in any kind of situation.
Ryan Phillippe, Colleyville Heritage, WR/DB, Sr.: New Panthers coach Darren Allman quickly discovered what former coach Mike Fuller saw in Phillippe: an athlete with a penchant for production with the ball on both sides. Consider that in 2013, Phillippe had nine touchdowns, and five of those were non-offensive scores. At wide receiver, Phillippe averaged 41.7 yards per reception. Phillippe is also a danger in the return game. No matter where he was, the bottom line was when had the ball, something good usually happened. Colleyville Heritage is counting on that again.
Maea Teuhema, Keller, OT, Sr.: If we weren’t ranking these in alphabetical and did it subjectively, Teuhema would lead this list. There is the incredible physique of 6-3-338, the gifted foot movement – the quality that Division I programs covet – and the talent to handle more than one defender on the same play. Any quarterback or running back would love to have that in front of him. Rivals ranks him as the No. 23 recruit in the country. Teuhema pretty much had his choice on where he wanted to go in college. He verbally committed to LSU and will join his older brother Sione, who signed with the Tigers in February.
Montrel Wilson, Keller Fossil Ridge, S, Sr.: Over the years, defensive coaches have gravitated toward taller defensive backs who can also run. The fast-paced game is starting to demand more size. Wilson went through a pretty solid 2013 season. But his summer work really erupted to the point where he was offered by and verbally committed to Baylor. The 6-3 Wilson has great range and is physical in run support to act like a hybrid linebacker. He could have an even bigger season with a very talented Fossil Ridge squad.
Honorable mention: Jesse Drummer, QB, Justin Northwest Sr.; Brandon Bowen, Northwest Byron Nelson, WR, Sr.; DeMarco Corbin, Colleyville Heritage, RB, Sr.; Tariq Gordon, Carroll, WR/DB, Sr.; Sam Barry, Grapevine, QB, Sr.; Sebastian Escalante, Keller Timber Creek, OL, Sr.; Taylor Robinson, Keller Central, FS, Sr.