ABILENE, Texas -

2012 KTXS Best of the best - High School Football Quarterbacks

Honorable Mentions

Lorenzo Joe – Cooper Jr.

After finishing his sophomore season as the Cougars top receiver, the Junior made big strides as a signal caller throughout the season.

The future Texas Longhorn finished this season just shy of two thousand yards passing and over seven hundred rushing yards. Joe was selected to first team offense of district 2-5A.

Jake Bumgardner - Albany Sr.

Also finished just shy of two thousands yards on the ground in 2012. Bumguardner was one of the most consistent players at any level throughout the last three years.

Jake was talented enough to be an all state selection as a quarterback, safety, and punter/kicker. He earned countless recognitions across the state as an all-state utility player.

He combined for thirty six touchdowns in his senior season. He concluded an outstanding career as a Lion reaching the regional finals.


Colton Gayle – Cisco Sr.

Another talented senior that played at a high level both on offense and defense.

After helping Cisco reach the state finals in 2011 (2,150 combined yards, 21 total TD), the Loboes were eliminated in the Area round in 2012.

Gayle 2012 numbers aren’t daunting (1,452 total yards 12 total TD, 8 pass TD), but his overall body of work in the last three years makes him worthy of mentioning in this list.


Chris Keesee – Brownwood – Jr.

Taking into consideration that Keesee moved to 2A to 3A from his sophomore to junior seasons, this Junior turned a lot of heads in 2012.

1,643 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and just five interceptions would be good for any player, let alone someone who made such a difficult transition

The Lions offense struggled in their Area round loss to Glen Rose, but have a lot to look forward to in 2013 with Keesee back under center next fall.


Baylor Mullins – Merkel Sr.

There are so many 2A players that play both ways that it’s to not appreciate how talented certain players are.

Mullins earned KTXS player of the week with a heroic effort leading the Badgers in an upset win over Wall in the second week of the season.

The senior finished the year with over 1,000 yards in the air and on the ground (1,074 passing, 1,182 rushing). The son of Merkel’s longtime head coach Kieth Mullins made his father proud becoming his dad’s latest child to lead the Badgers into another deep postseason run.

Clint Lesley – Clyde Sr.