Before Bremond quarterback and Texas A&M commit Roshauud Paul takes the field in the 2A Division II state final Thursday, he will already have hardware in the trophy case.
The 6-foot, 170-pound quarterback was named 2016 Mr. Texas Football, an award given to the Texas high school football player of the year by Wells Fargo and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.
Paul said he had the honor in his sights all season after earning a finalist nod last year behind winner Jett Duffey, who continued his career as a quarterback at Texas Tech after playing his high school ball at Mansfield Lake Ridge.
“It means a lot. It’s an honor,” Paul said. “Coming from a small town, you don’t see many people [get recognition]. It’s awesome I get to be named the top player in Texas.”
Paul will be honored on the field of NRG Stadium during the Dec. 28 Texas Bowl in front of his future teammates and the 12th Man.
“It’s awesome because I’m going to be playing on the field for them,” Paul said. “For them to see me getting that award is awesome.”
He joins an award alumni list that includes former Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel, former Texas running back Jonathan Gray, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rogers and former Oakland Raiders quarterback Garrett Gilbert – a list that Paul described as legendary.
“They are high school football legends,” he said. “For me to be a part of an experience like that, to be named amongst those guys, is really cool.”
This season, Paul has amassed more than 2,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing while scoring 68 total touchdowns for the Tigers. He is slated to play wide receiver for the Aggies.
Bremond is currently riding a 47-0 winning streak and hopes to claim its third consecutive state title in a state bout against Iraan Thursday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. Paul can go for a trifecta as well, with offensive MVP honors in both title games already on his resume.
Not a bad way to begin the practice week for State, he mentioned through a laugh.