It has been a big year in Texas high school quarterback lore.
The NFL season began in September, the state of Texas had more natives per capita under center across the league than any other comparably sized region. The top two picks in the draft, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, were both former Texas high school quarterbacks. Another former Texas high school quarterback, Johnny Manziel, is the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. Three of the top four passers in the NFL, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees and Luck, played high school ball in Texas, and guess who the frontrunners for NFL rookie of the year are. Yep, Griffin and Luck.
The NFL has gotten even more Texan in recent weeks, as Nick Foles of Austin has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, and there are indications in New York that Greg McElroy of Dallas might start for the Jets.
That would make for 10 former Texas high school quarterbacks starting at that position in the NFL this week, easily the most of any state. They have accounted for 24 percent of the touchdown passes thrown in the NFL this year and 26 percent of the passing yards.
As well as this season has gone for these players individually, don't expect to see many of them in the playoffs. The Bengals Andy Dalton and the Colts' Luck are the only Texans with winning records this year. Even Brees, a former MVP, and Stafford, the NFLs passing leader, look like they'll miss the postseason.
Texans are a combined 45-54 as starting quarterbacks this season.
Andy Dalton (Katy), Cincinnati
Andrew Luck (Houston), Indianapolis
Ryan Tannehill (Big Spring), Miami
Greg McElroy (Dallas), New York Jets
Matthew Stafford (Dallas), Detroit
Christian Ponder (Grapevine), Minnesota
Drew Brees (Austin), New Orleans
Nick Foles (Austin), Philadelphia
Robert Griffin III (Copperas Grove), Washington
Kevin Kolb (Victoria), Arizona