District 15-5A is stronger than ever heading into 2013. A few teams have legit State title hopes, while others are eager to upset the powerhouses. We take a look at the quarterbacks of CenTex South in this 2013 season preview.
LAKE TRAVIS CAVALIERS
PROJECTED STARTER: Dominic DeLira ('15)
BACK UP: Nick Nezami ('15)
TOP TARGETS: Bear Christianson ('15), Tyler Payne ('14), Grant Foster ('15)
NOTES: Dom and Nick represent a changing of the guard at LT. Neither own a State title ring, but both hope to change that by the end of '13. DeLira is a crowd fave, garnering the respect of both old and new school Cav fans. There's no denying the physical capabilties of Louisiana-transplant Nezami. From what we have seen over the Summer, both signal callers can guide this team to success.
PROJECTED STARTER: Jordan Severt ('14)
BACK UP: Max Mangum ('16), Sean Rollings ('15)
TOP TARGETS: Patrick Elliot ('14), Rhodes Legg ('14), Harrison Lines ('14), Zach Dansby ('14)
Severt (2600 pass yards, 24 total TDs in '12) can go into two-a-days with his mind clear. After verbally agreeing to attend SMU in 2014, the third year letterman can concentrate on leading his Chaps at State title. Athlete Sean Rollings (avg. 7 yards/carry, 7 total TDs) is built in the mold of past Westlake greats. An uber-smart, deceptively strong talent, Rollings is likely to get some wildcat looks. Mangum looks to be the heir apparent at QB, with an impressive showing on the freshman level in '12
PROJECTED STARTER: Austin Eschenburg ('14)
BACK UP: Preston Wheeler ('15), Kamalii Akina ('16)
TOP TARGETS: Mac McGarah ('14), Jake Walton ('14), Ben Setterquist ('14)
Eschenburg (1700 total yards, 20 TDs in '12) enters the new year as an all-district signal caller. His sports career may eventually steer him towards the Major Leagues, but he's Bowie's poster child in 2013. Bulldog fans are also excited about the future of QB play. Both Wheeler and Akina have looked exceptional during Summer skill league play - leading Bowie to this Summer's State 7 on 7 Championship.
DEL VALLE CARDINALS
STARTER: Juan Padron ('14)
BACK UP: N/A
TOP TARGETS: Andre Butler ('15), Altany Willis ('14), Alex Hardeman ('14), Ashton Robinson ('15)
NOTES: With the departure of Denzel Feaster to Manor, the job is once again Padron's to hold. The returning junior completed 45% of his passes (2 TDs, 400 yards), but is reportedly stronger in 2013. Talented RB Foster will take the pressure off Padron, but Juan will need to keep defenses honest with the passing game. A third year letterman, Juan is destined to take the lead role - and holds the hopes of a rabid Cardinal fan base on his back. He may not be the district's top player, but we could argue he is the most important component of a single program.
STARTER: Kirby Hill ('15)
BACK UP: Jordan Harrison ('15)
TOP TARGETS: Braden Buckman ('15), Chad Lanfer ('14), Blake Allen ('14)
Hill (480 yards, 3 TDs) led the Trojans to their lone victory last year. In limited playing time, he displayed the leadership and physical abilities to lead a 5A Varsity program. He won't have the comfort blanket of Deryl Bunton, but that should hasten his development as 2013 wears on. Harrison was on and off with Anderson in 2012, but we've seen the returning junior during skill league play this Summer...he's ready to contribute if called upon.
AUSTIN HIGH MAROONS
PROJECTED STARTER: John Albert Mansour ('15)
BACK UP: Beau Kalbacher ('16)
TOP TARGETS: Kendrick Price ('14), David Eastty ('14), River Beall ('14), Trey Blake ('14)
NOTES: We think the Maroons offense enters 2013 under the radar. Mansour (1100 yards, 10 TDs) proved that he was ready for Varsity play as a sophomore. There's no "Jones" at wideout, but that could pressure others to create names for themselves. The skill talent runs fluid for Mansour, as he'll have plenty of options. We think he could easily throw for 2000+, with the upside for more in 2014.
STARTER: Teddy Lowery ('14)
BACK UP: Ryan Medrano ('15)
TOP TARGETS: Joe Featherstone ('14), Ronald Tate ('14), Marshall Trevino ('14)
NOTES: After notching triple digit tackles in 2012, Coach Garza will entrust the quarterback role to Lowery. A leader on and off the field, the Eagles will rally around the charismatic senior. His athletic attributes will allow him to make plays while improvising. Trevino is returning from a broken hand, and still looks like one of the more talented Eagles on the field.