It is time to break out my crystal ball again and let you know what is in store for the 2013 football season. Please remember, though, that my crystal ball is a 20-year-old, hazy marble that I found in my sock drawer when I went home for Christmas a few years ago and these 10 predictions are not set in stone, unlike the piece of gum that was also in the drawer stuck to a Ryne Sandberg baseball card.
10. Last year, I said Johnny Jefferson would run for 2,000 yards. I was wrong. Jefferson had the best season in the history of Shoemaker, but the best ever in KISD? That belonged to Killeen running back Daniel McCants. Now, the undersized senior back will be looking to be even better as he tries to distract Division I recruiters from his small stature. Look for McCants to break his own record and possibly, yes, the 2,000 barrier.
9. Ellison wins — at least once. It not only breaks the streak in Week 0, but it has a decent season under new coach Trent Gregory. No, the Eagles might not be 5-5, but after going 0-20 the past two seasons under Buddy McBryde a 3-7 or even 4-6 record would be impressive. Wins come over Manor, Waco, Shoemaker and possibly Harker Heights.
8. Johnny Manziel is not suspended. The NCAA does not finish its investigation until after he leaves Texas A&M. However, he will not win the Heisman Trophy. The SEC will adapt, and while he will have a solid season, his interceptions will rise, his rushing yards will decline, only on name alone will he merit an invite to the ceremony, finishing a distant fourth.
7. Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk will get Heisman votes, but he won’t win the award either as the former Temple standout runs for 1,500 yards and 20 TDs. Who will win the trophy? Before the bowls last season I said Tajh Boyd of Clemson. And while, I am staying in state with my prediction, I am trading the Tigers for Gamecocks and picking Jadeveon Clowney as the Heisman favorite. Braxton Miller of Ohio State joins Boyd, Manziel and Clowney at the Best Buy Theater in New York.
6. Waco Midway again wins District 8-5A, going undefeated. Other playoff teams in order: Copperas Cove, Killeen and Belton.
5. David Ash passes for 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Longhorns win 10 games and the Big 12 title. They then get crushed by 20 points by Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. Mack Brown retires and Texas hires either Gary Patterson from TCU or Art Briles from Baylor.
4. I can’t BS this prediction. Robert Griffin III plays more hesitantly in his second season with Washington and is not as effective. The Redskins miss the playoffs and Mike Shanahan retires. Griffin still makes the Pro Bowl, gets even more endorsements and also gets a new head coach.
3. There are new coaches this season at Ellison, Harker Heights, Lampasas, Lometa and Salado. Only one of them will make the playoffs in their first season at the helm. And that is Salado’s Brent Graham. The Eagles lose to the three top teams in District 13-2A (Cameron Yoe, McGregor and Lago Vista), but claim the newly minted fourth position, going 7-3 in the regular season behind new quarterback McLane Carter and halfback Ryan Simmons.
2. The Dallas Cowboys go 9-7, losing in the last week of the season to the Philadelphia Eagles. Tony Romo, who had passed for 4,163 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and had only seven interceptions coming into the game, throws four picks, including one that is taken back for a touchdown with two minutes and 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. This prediction is detailed because it is so easy.
1. I lose all of my marbles by covering another crazy football season.