By his stats alone, Fort Worth All Saints quarterback Foster Sawyer achieved his goals at the high school level. * Through the regular season of his senior year, Sawyer threw for 2,867 yards and 43 touchdowns, completing 160 of his 244 attempts en route to a second consecutive SPC Championship. * Now, the TCU commit can add a Star-Telegram 2013 Super Team Offensive Player of the Year award to that list of accomplishments as he closes out his high school career. * “That’s a true honor,” Sawyer said of earning the award. “It means a lot to me, and I’m lucky God’s blessed me in the situation I’m in and allowed me to make success and that’s only going to make me hungrier for more success.”
But how did the 6-foot-5, 210-pound, four-star recruit develop his athletic abilities on the football field?
By following one of his childhood idols and developing good footwork.
As a child, Sawyer excelled as a hockey player, developing leg strength and hand-eye coordination on the ice rinks of the Metroplex.
“That was my best sport growing up,” Sawyer said of his hockey career. “I used to be the biggest [former Dallas Stars center] Mike Modano fan.”
From hockey, Sawyer moved on to the baseball diamond where he was a pitcher and an outstanding, and extremely tall, shortstop for the Dallas Tigers select organization. It’s here, he believes, he developed solid footwork that he uses today to hit wide receivers with rocket passes on the football field.
But as Sawyer moved into high school at Grace Prep in Arlington, he began to see that football was his true calling.
“It was tough for me to say no to baseball,” Sawyer said. “I had a career in baseball playing with the Dallas Tigers and my coach thought I would have a big shot in that as well.”
His underclassman years were split between Grace Prep and Aledo High School, before he settled into his real high school home, All Saints, where he led his team to two consecutive SPC Championships.
It was the final game of his senior season, the SPC championship at Fort Worth Brewer, that stands out as the highlight game of his senior campaign.
In that game, a 42-7 rout of Houston Christian, Sawyer threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns, completing 11 of his 14 attempts.
He vividly remembers the 46-yard touchdown pass to Blake Hollenbeck early in the game as the highlight play of the year.
“I just remember getting hit onto the ground and the fans going nuts,” Sawyer said. “I didn’t even know if we caught it or not, I just found out it was a touchdown when the fans went crazy.”
The rest of the game was just part of history in the making for potentially the next big quarterbacking star to go through TCU. And, with a high school player of the year award under his belt, he’s hungry to prove himself in the colliegate game.
“It just gets me more excited for the off-season so I can do what I can do at the next level,” he said.