Other than hosting one of the nation’s largest state fairs, staging some of the best music festivals (South by Southwest and Austin City Limits) and serving patrons 72-ounce steaks in Amarillo, Texas is also a breeding ground for football prospects.
Four high schools based in Texas – Allen (No. 5), Katy (No. 11), Trinity (No. 16) and Cedar Hill (No. 18) – are located in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
The city of Austin, whose capitol building is only inches away from the University of Texas campus, is home to many hipsters and millennials alike.
But the laces and pigskin brown of footballs flows through Texan blood and this season – in terms of yards produced on offense – only validates the grassroots of what the sports means to the state, especially college football. Throughout the first three weeks, five college football players who lead in total yards on offense hail from the Lonestar State: Baker Mayfield, Seth Russell, Dane Evans, Trevone Boykin and Patrick Mahomes.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Birth City: Austin
2015 Season Totals: 74-of-110, 1,062 yards, 10 TDs, 2 INTs; 33 carries, 139 yards, 4 TDs
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Birth City: Dallas
2015 Season Totals: 65-of-99, 985 yards, 10 TDs, 3 INTs; 32 carries, 148 yards, 2 TDs
Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
Birth City: Whitehouse
2015 Season Totals: 77-of-116, 1,029 yards, 9 TDs, 3 INTs; 21 carries, 129 yards, 4 TDs
Dane Evans, Tulsa
Birth City: Sanger
2015 Season Totals: 71-of-114, 1,172 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs
Seth Russell, Baylor
Birth City: Garland
2015 Season Totals: 38-of-64, 718 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs; 8 carries, 64 yards, TD
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