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THE WINNER: Kyler Murray
School: Allen (Texas)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Eagles to a 13-0 record entering the Class 5A, Division I state quarterfinals, scheduled for Dec. 7. Murray threw for 2,967 yards and 37 touchdowns on 172-of-264 passing (65.2 percent) entering the postseason final eight. A Tom Landry Award nominee, Murray also rushed for 767 yards and 15 touchdowns on 108 carries. A retuning Class 5A First Team All-State selection as named by the TSWA, he totaled 3,374 yards and 42 touchdowns as a sophomore, leading Allen to the 2012 Class 5A, Division I state championship.
Academic excellence: Murray has maintained a 3.43 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has volunteered locally as part of the Reading with the Eagles youth literacy-outreach program and as a mentor to several student team managers with special needs.
“Kyler Murray is the most explosive player that I have coached against in my 18 years,” said Jeff Smith, head coach at rival McKinney (Texas). “I think he is exceptional on the field. As far as his character—from what I have seen and how he conducts himself on the field—he is a class act and plays the game the right way.”
THE FUTURE: Murray will be a senior next fall.