All 12 Texas college programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision, have at least one player who is from a western Fort Bend County high school.
But before we get to the Texas schools, we have to mention Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who is poised to be one of the top college receivers in the country. The former Foster standout, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, caught 65 passes for 1,158 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns in 2018 and registered five 100-yard receiving games while catching at least one TD pass in seven straight outings.
Lamb and the Sooners open the season Saturday night against Houston.
Houston has two players from the area on their roster, and both are hoping for more playing time in 2019. Senior safety Timon Nolan (George Ranch) and junior linebacker Tariq Freeny (Lamar Consolidated) didn’t see any action last season, but both are expected to see some playing time early this season.
Rosner ready to rock with Rice
Meanwhile, Rice is expecting big things from receiver Brad Rosner, who transferred to the Owls from Cisco Junior College. The Needville product led all junior colleges with 13 touchdowns last season. Redshirt freshman linebacker Cameron Valentine (Foster) is also looking for some playing time after reshirting last season.
The Owls will play at Army to open the season on Saturday.
Can Mpagi make noise for Texas?
At Texas, former George Ranch star and now freshman Peter Mpagi will try to crack the depth chart at defensive end. But with eight other players at that position – six of them upperclassmen – don’t be surprised if Mpagi is redshirted for the season. The ’Horns open against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Sgt. Locke walks on for Aggies
Texas A&M walk-on linebacker John Locke isn’t expected to crack the starting lineup, but his story is an interesting one. After graduating from Travis, Locke joined the Marines and eventually became a sergeant until his honorable discharge in 2016. Then after enrolling at A&M in 2018, he decided to walk on to the football team.
The junior is expected to be in uniform when the Aggies play against Texas State on Thursday night.
George Ranch in the Big 12
Three players from George Ranch’s state title run in 2015 are on rosters of three Big 12 teams. TCU senior running back Darius Anderson is looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled 2018 season to lead the Horned Frogs, while Baylor junior safety Jairon McVea is looking to contribute with the Bears. Sophomore Adam Beck is eligible to play at Texas Tech after sitting out last season as a result of his transfer from Minnesota.
Sophomore Will Farrar is listed as the backup center for Texas Tech for Saturday’s game against Montana State. Farrar, a Travis product, played in four games in the 2018 season.
SMU’s Brown still in QB battle
SMU quarterback Will Brown is still in a battle for the starting job, despite starting three games and throwing for 625 yards and seven touchdowns last season. The former Lamar Consolidated signal-caller won’t find out if he will start until a few days before the Mustangs take on Arkansas State on Saturday.
Also on the Mustangs’ roster is Toby Ndukwe, a sophomore linebacker from Foster who played 11 games last season, with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Pair of Falcons nesting at Texas State
Texas State has two former Foster Falcons on its roster in redshirt freshman running back Alec Harris and redshirt sophomore Chandler Speights. Harris played three games in 2018 before being redshirted, including a 59-yard touchdown run against Arkansas State. Speights didn’t see the field last year after being redshirted in 2017.
Former Travis defensive lineman Jake Lynch is also on the Bobcats’ roster as a redshirt freshman. Texas State opens at Texas A&M on Thursday night.
Other players on FBS teams
Former Terry star Leandre Davis is hoping to avoid a redshirt by making an impact for the North Texas defense. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore Jacob Brammer (Foster) played seven games for the Mean Green last season, including four starts.
Rounding out the list are UTSA senior linebacker Andrew Martel (Foster), who was fifth on the team in tackles last season; and UTEP freshman kicker Erik Martel, who made the team after kicking all 23 PAT attempts and 8-of-9 field goal attempts at George Ranch last year.