By Alex Byington

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - Beginning his second year at the helm, Harker Heights football coach Mike Mullins is still working to alter the Knights' recent losing ways.

Tonight he's going to get a little help from legendary Texas football guru Dave Campbell.

The icon of the annual Texas Football magazine - affectionately known as the state's prep football "bible" - will be on hand to autograph the latest edition of the magazine, which was released over the weekend, at Dick's Sporting Goods in Market Heights today at 5 p.m.

"It's a great honor to have Dave Campbell come to Harker Heights and meet everybody, as well as to be a part of the Texas Football magazine and the Texas Football Classic," Mullins said Sunday. "We're very honored to have him come."

Campbell's visit to the Killeen area is also the first official stop on Campbell's Texas Football Classic Road Tour to promote Heights' involvement in the 12th annual Texas Football Classic, in which the Knights will play Georgetown in the finale of the five-game, three-day event Aug. 28 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

"I think it was just the luck of the draw," Mullins said of being the first stop on the tour. "He basically wanted to start close and he's got to make his way around to (the) Nagadoches area and El Paso."

Campbell will also be in Belton on Friday. The Tigers play Abilene in the Class on Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m., a game which the magazine lists as its 5A Week 0 game to watch.

The magazine - which has Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum and TCU quarterback Andy Dalton on the cover - lists Belton's David Ash, a University of Texas-commit, as the Super Team offense, third-team quarterback.

Killeen High quarterback Michael Cummings, Ellison running back David Cobb and linebacker Devon Hocutt, Copperas Cove offensive lineman Cody Elenz, defensive lineman Trevor Valdez and linebacker Brandon Durant were all listed on Top-3oo senior position lists. Harker Heights' Cameron Hughes was listed as a top-100 junior offensive lineman and offensive tackle Darius James was among the top-20 sophomores.

All proceeds from today's event, which will also include Knights spirit gear, go directly to the Heights' Athletic Booster Club in support of the team's trip to San Antonio.

"We're trying to change the mindset of where we are as a program and to go into a place where there are 10 teams playing and it's highly recognized, for us to be a part of that, we couldn't be more proud to do it and represent Harker Heights the best way we can," Mullins said.

In Mullins first season, the Knights finished 2-8 last year, doubling their win-total from the two previous one-win seasons under former coach Todd McVey.

Contact Alex Byington at or (254) 501-7566.

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