COLLEGE STATION _ Interesting sight No. 1: When DeSoto’s heralded quarterback Tristen Wallace goes out for not having a mouthpiece, it’s talented defensive back Caleb Abrom who comes in to throw one wobbly pass.
If DeSoto does need a backup QB, it’ll likely be Kadarrian (K.D.) Nixon moving in from wide receiver in a pinch and he might do as well at Jaylin Nelson did last year when Wallace missed eight weeks with a broken leg. Nixon was star middle school QB and Nelson transferred to Duncanville this spring.
More from the adidas 7-on-7 State Tournament: DI had pool play Friday afternoon with bracket play with Navasota winning the DII title. The DI has single-elimination bracket play Saturday. DI Championship Bracket & DI Consolation Bracket
DeSoto’s QB of the future could be 6-2 sophomore Courtney Douglas, who also is a point forward for the perennially strong hoops program.
The 6-4 Wallace, a much heralded Ohio State commit, is a good hoopster too _ one with a jump shot before the lure of #txhsfb took priority.
Add to the list of upcoming #DeSotoU stars: linebacker Tony Thomas who returned an interception for touchdown against defending 5A state runner-up Temple; tight end Laviska Shenault Jr, an athletic 6-1, 205-pounder and sophomore safety Michael Singleton. DeSoto doesn’t have rising star sophomore receiver Byron Hanspard Jr. (yes, the son of former NFL running back) who is rehabbing a foot injury. He already has a Texas Tech offer.
Of course, there is LSU commit receiver Dee Anderson who made a couple plays you would expect an LSU receiver to make (Odell Beckham went to LSU if you don’t recall and he was just one of the guys). The tall, lanky Anderson is much quicker than you’d expect for a 6-3, 175-pounder who transferred from West Mesquite in June.
Football talk: DeSoto coach Todd Peterman was elevated to replace Claude Mathis when Mathis joined the staff of new SMU coach Chad Morris. Peterman replaced himself on staff with new Special Teams coach Courtney Sterling and the Eagles expect some game-changing plays with a renewed emphasis.
The 2012 champ with a victory over Manvel, Plano looks good with 6-5 quarterback Matt Keys healthy. Plano also has a QB candidate in Quinn Waterbury, who is playing summer baseball. Plano has a highly recruited running back with Brandon Stephens and a future player to watch with Class of 2018 athlete Dante Nicholson .. The 7-on-7 coached by former Wildcat CJ Martin, who played with the winning Wildcats teams with Rex Burkhead.
Coppell has two talented quarterbacks in Myles Paschall and Brady McBride, who alternate in 7-on-7 … Coppell already returned some talent with wide receivers Josh Fink and Obi Obialo and running back Brandon Rice. McBride returns with his father Joe McBride being named Coppell ISD AD and brought back assistant Steve Fex, whose son Joe Fex is a sophomore defensive back/running back extraordinaire … Keep an eye on T.J. McDaniel, the younger brother of Cam McDaniel (Notre Dame RB) and Gavin McDaniel (Washington RB), who is starting at cornerback and already is as tall as brothers as a Class of 2019 .., Another talented 2019 player to watch for Coppell is RB/DB Jonathan McGill,.
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