Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, along with Wells Fargo and in conjunction with the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, is proud to present the Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year award to the most deserving high schooler in the state of Texas.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more football-crazy part of the state than the Rio Grande Valley, and in 2018, Mission Veterans Memorial quarterback Landry Gilpin gave them something to scream about. The Patriots’ signal-caller sliced and diced defenses all year long, triggering an offense that averaged more than 46 points per game, and put up some truly astonishing numbers: 4,544 yards and 50 touchdowns passing, and another 2,112 yards and 32 scores on the ground. To put that in perspective: Gilpin amassed 443 more yards and 4 more touchdowns than Allen QB Kyler Murray — the 2014 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner — in two fewer games. But perhaps Gilpin’s greatest accomplishment is in guiding the Patriots to previously unthinkable heights, leading Mission Vets to become just the third Valley team to reach the 5A state quarterfinals since 1990. The numbers, the leadership, the moxie: it’s what made Landry Gilpin the pride of the Rio Grande Valley, and makes him a worthy recipient of the 2018 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year.
Former winners of the award include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (2013-14, Allen), 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray (2011, Aledo), Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (2007, Lamar Consolidated) and former Southern Methodist quarterback Garrett Gilbert (2008, Lake Travis). Oklahoma State freshman QB Spencer Sanders took home the award in 2017.
The Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year is selected at the conclusion of the high school football season, based on votes cast throughout the season as well as editorial staff consideration. The votes were tabulated by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.