Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey was 2015’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.
Duffey, a 6’0” senior quarterback, became the driving force behind an unforgettable season for one of the state’s newest football programs. He threw for over 2,700 yards, rushed for more than 1,600 and accounted for 48 total touchdowns in leading the Eagles’ transformation into one of the most feared offensive attacks in Texas. His heroics helped lead Lake Ridge, established in 2012 as the Mansfield ISD’s newest high school, all the way to the 5A Division I state championship game in Houston.
In addition to being named the Mr. Texas Football, Duffey was also awarded the Tom Landry Award last month. Duffey officially committed to Texas Tech for the 2016 season.
Additional former winners of the award include Browns quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), star Texas running back Johnathan Gray (2011 winner, Aledo), Chicago Bears running back Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray took home the award in 2013 and 2014.
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 and TheTexasBowl.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.