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.
Denton Ryan High School quarterback Spencer Sanders was 2017’s Mr. Texas Football, which recognizes the High School Player of the Year in the state of Texas. The honor, is awarded in collaboration with Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and was voted on by fans, players and coaches throughout the state.
Sanders, a 6-2, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback, overcame a knee injury suffered in the state semifinals in 2016 to come back stronger than ever, guiding the Raiders to an undefeated season. A three-year starter, Sanders has thrown for more than 3,600 yards and 50 touchdowns — completing more than 66 percent of his passes — while also running for more than 1,200 yards and 14 scores.
Sanders will continue his football career at Oklahoma State when he joins the Cowboys next season.
Past winners of the award include former NFL quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), star Texas running back Johnathan Gray (2011 winner, Aledo), Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated) and former Oakland Raiders quarterback Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey took home the award in 2015.
Every Monday at noon, TexasFootball.com announced ten candidates for that week’s award, based on the previous week’s on-field performance. Voting closed at noon each Friday, with the winner being announced shortly afterward. Fans, coaches and players voted for the state’s player of the week each week during the high school season by going to TexasFootball.com. Each weekly winner was announced online on each of the voting sites and their social media pages. All of the weekly winners were nominated for the Player of the Year award.
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.