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Players to watch for in 2012

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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 6:18 am | Updated: 10:10 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

Marcus Anderson II, Harker Heights RB (So.): Filling in due to injury, Anderson rushed 71 times for 436 yards and five touchdowns to earn the District 12-5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year award.Kaleb Hardy, Florence QB (Jr.): After a year on JV, Hardy made the most of his opportunity, combining for 23 total touchdowns. Not only an effective passer, Hardy was a dual-threat option, scoring 14 times on the ground. Darius James, Harker Heights OL/DL (Jr.): Playing considerable time on both sides of the ball, the big-bodied James (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) saw time at nearly every position along the offensive line while also continuing to wreck havoc whenever he played defensive tackle.

Johnny Jefferson, Shoemaker RB (Jr.): Jefferson was no secret this season but who would’ve thought the running back with 4.4-second speed could also play quarterback. He ran for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and had scoring runs of 61, 19, 49 and 30 to go along with a 25-yard touchdown pass in the Grey Wolves’ win over Ellison in the regular season finale.

Darius McCants (So.) and Naaman Young (Jr.), Killeen RBs: McCants and Young stood out as the Roos’ most explosive backs. Young led the team with 13 touchdowns and was the team’s second-leading rusher this season (786 yards). McCants, a regular-season JV back, had 28 carries for 321 yards and two touchdowns in the Roos’ three playoff games.Darius McClinton, Copperas Cove LB (Jr.): No longer a surprise, McClinton continued producing and seemed to be in on every defensive stop for the Bulldawgs. In the playoff opener, it was McClinton who stopped Mesquite Horn running back Medgar Coleman just short of the goalline on a 2-point conversion and sealed Cove’s playoff win.

Mike Richardson, Salado QB (Jr.): Making the jump from JV last season, Richardson quickly gained the confidence of his Eagle teammates with his accurate arm, passing for a District 25-3A-leading 2,190 yards and 23 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

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