Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Danny Davis

the amer­i­can-States­man’s 2012 all-Cen­tral texas foot­ball team will be pub­lished Fri­day. Un­til then, we will take a daily look at the lead­ing can­di­dates for the player, new­comer and coach of the year awards. Can­di­dates are be­ing pre­sented in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der:

NEW­COMER OF THE YEAR BILLY RAY MCCRARY ROUSE SOPHO­MORE, RUN­NING BACK Go fig­ure: 276 rushes for 1,708 yards, 16 tDs; 20 re­cep­tions for 231 yards, 3 tDs

The case for McCrary: in his first var­sity sea­son, McCrary be­came Rouse’s all-time lead­ing rusher, and he helped the Raiders ad­vance to the Class 4a, Di­vi­sion i state semi­fi­nals. as Rouse’s backup quar­ter­back, McCrary also com­pleted 12 passes, and in an oc­to­ber game against Le­an­der, he threw a 45yard touch­down pass.

Also in the mix: St. Michael’s RB Scot­land But­ler, Lake travis DL Zach Davies, Mar­ble Falls WR Gar­rett Gray, Cedar Park QB nate Grimm

COACH OF THE YEAR JOE WIL­LIS CEDAR PARK Go fig­ure: Cedar Park fin­ished 142 and won the Class 4a, Di­vi­sion ii cham­pi­onship. The case

for Wil­lis: as Cedar Park’s de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor from 2008-11, Wil­lis helped es­tab­lish the team’s much-her­alded “Black Rain”de­fense. af­ter be­com­ing the tim­ber­wolves’ head coach be­fore this sea­son, he won a school-record 14 games as Cedar Park won its first state ti­tle in foot­ball, de­feat­ing Lan­caster 17-7 in the 4a, Di­vi­sion ii fi­nal.

Also in the mix: West­lake’s Dar­ren all­man, Ge­orge­town’s Ja­son Dean, Manor’s Sadd Jack­son, Rouse’s Joshua Mann

PLAYER OF THE YEAR CALEB WOOD­WARD LE­AN­DER, SE­NIOR QUAR­TER­BACK Go fig­ure: 40of-68 pass­ing for 607 yards, 5 tDs; 272 rushes for 1,654 yards, 24 tDs The case for

Wood­ward: a ver­sa­tile texas tech-bound ath­lete, Wood­ward av­er­aged 6.1 yards per rush­ing at­tempt this fall, and in ad­di­tion to throw­ing five touch­down passes, he also caught two. Wood­ward led Le­an­der to the third round of the Class 4a, Di­vi­sion i play­offs, and de­spite miss­ing a game with an an­kle in­jury, he had a hand in 31 of the Lions’57 of­fen­sive touch­downs.

Also in the mix: Ge­orge­town QB Jake Hube­nak, Rouse LB tim Lapaglia, Westwood WR ty Mar­shall, Hen­drick­son RB Sa­maje Per­ine

Rouse’s Billy Ray McCrary rushed for 1,708 yards in his first var­sity sea­son. ASH­LEY LAN


Caleb Wood­ward

Joe WIl­lis

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