Averaging nearly eight yards a carry and more than two touchdowns per game in 2012, Denton Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard is getting it done for the Wildcats in a big way.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has proven to be a double threat for Guyer this season, passing for more than 500 yards and rushing for nearly 400 yards of offense through the first four games, along with nine touchdowns.
A 55-14 drubbing of Azle in the district opener on Sept. 27 left little doubt about why Heard is regarded as one of the area’s top quarterbacks, and has already committed to the University of Texas as a junior.
Heard said he tries to bring a couple of different things to the Guyer football team.
“I try to bring leadership and just be a good role model for everyone,” Heard said. “I try to set a good example for my teammates to follow.”
Guyer won a bi-district championship last year and lost in the area round to Mansfield, and Heard said that he feels confident his team is capable of having a great season in 2012 as well.
“I feel very good,” Heard said. “I feel like we’ve got a strong team, and I’m glad that everyone sees us as being strong. We’re really going to go out there and play our best and play to our full potential.”
Guyer entered the season as the top ranked 4A team in the state according to “Texas Football,” and should be legitimate contenders to make a run at a state championship.
Heard said he and his teammates have a couple of different objectives for this season and said the main thing is that they take care of the fundamentals of the game to put themselves in the best position possible at the end of the year.
“Our biggest goal is to make sure we execute all of the plays that coach [John] Walsh calls,” Heard said. “We’ve got to make the right checks and make the right reads. That’s the place we are at right now, and if we do those things, we should be just fine.”
Heard said he chose the University of Texas at Austin because it felt like a good fit to him, and added that he has always supported the Longhorns as well.
“The last couple of times that I visited down there, it really felt like home,” Heard said.
“Everyone just treated me with hospitality and made me feel welcome. It was also a school that I always favored, so it is a great feeling to go to a school I have always rooted for.”
The Guyer quarterback said he believes his time at GHS has really helped to prepare him for playing ball at the college level as well.
“Having a great a great coach like coach Walsh has been a big help,” Heard said. “It’s been a big plus for me and my teammates that we have coaches that have played at a Division I level. They know what it takes and they can help us.”
Heard also plays basketball and runs track at Guyer High School, and said for the Wildcats to have a good season and long run in the playoffs, it will take a couple of things.
“It really comes down to execution and being disciplined,” Heard said. “Whatever our coaches tell us to do, we’re just going to have to do it.”
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