What Is The Landry Award?
The Landry Award recognizes the top high school football player (any position, any division, any school within the 32-county viewing area) in North Texas who demonstrates positive character and leadership attributes. The honoree is chosen by a voting panel of former coaches and players, members of the media and local leaders. Online public voting also accounts for one vote in the panel balloting.
The Landry Award 2018 Watch List
Teammates; it’s the key to success on the football field. And it just may be the driving factor in finding this year’s Landry Award winner.
As we head into the 2018 season, area high school fans should have no trouble finding talented student athletes competing every Friday night. Several teams have more than one superstar in the spotlight.
That includes Flower Mound Marcus, where the Marauders will be led by Justin Dinka and Marcel Brooks. With size, strength and speed linebacker Marcel Brooks will lead the Marauders defense. Considered one of the best linebackers in the state of Texas, Brooks has all the tools to make an impact on every play. On the offensive side of the ball, running back Justin Dinka will pace the Marauders attack. Dinka enters his senior season with plenty of confidence and experience, he has rushed for over 2800 yards combined in his sophomore and junior seasons at Marcus.
The Dragons at Southlake Carroll High School have their own impressive combination in TJ and RJ. Running back TJ McDaniel is the focal point of the Dragons rushing attack. McDaniel ran for more than 1800 yards as a junior last season, scoring 23 touchdowns. On the opposite side of the ball, RJ Mickens has Carroll covered. The Dragons cornerback was named to the first-team all-district team as a freshman in 2016. Mickens followed that up last year by being named to the Associated Press Class 6A second-team all-state team as a sophomore.
Over in Allen, the Eagles have one of the best set of batterymates in Grant Tisdale and Theo Wease. Tisdale and Wease led Allen to a perfect 16-0 record and State Championship in 2017. Tisdale is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the state. Last year, the Allen QB threw for 2100 yards and 30 TD’s while adding over 1000 yards rushing and 15 more TD’s on the ground. At 6’3″, 192 lbs, Wide Receiver Wease is quite a target. Considered the total package. Wease has great hands, solid route running and can block. He had 881 receiving yards and 14 TD catches last season. He’s ready to improve on those numbers in his senior campaign.
Aledo is looking for redemption after falling one game short of a state championship in 2017. Jase McClellan and Colt Ellison should give the Bearcats plenty of bite this season. At 6’3″, 240 pounds Defensive End Ellison casts quite a shadow over opposing teams. Ellison enters his senior season with 23.5 career sacks. He collected 13.5 sacks on his way to being named a first-team all-district selection as a junior. Running Back McClellan is only a junior, but he’s hungry to get back on the field after missing 6 games to injury last year. Despite being sidelined for so long in 2017, McClellan still ran for 1,599 yards and 28 touchdowns. Think of what he can do if he plays a full season.
Landry Award Watch List for the 2018 Season
- Jalen Catalon, DB/QB Mansfield Legacy
- Brayden Thomas QB Boswell
- Kameron Brown,WR Colleyville Heritage
- David Clayton, WR Grapevine
- Trejan Bridges, WR Hebron
- E.J. Smith, RB Jesuit
- Austin Stogner, TE Plano Christian Academy
- Brian Williams, DB Bishop Dunne DB
- Jermaine Givens, QB Mesquite Horn
The Landry Award 2017 Winner
Congratulations to Highland Park quarterback John Stephen Jones, The Landry Award 2017 honoree. Jones was selected from a field of finalists who demonstrated both positive character and leadership attributes over the season. The remaining finalists were: Jalen Catalon (S, Mansfield Legacy), Matthew Gadek (RB, McKinney), Byron Hanspard II (CB, DeSoto) and Spencer Sanders (QB, Denton Ryan).
2016: Kennedy Brooks, Mansfield
2015: Jett Duffey, Mansfield Lake Ridge
2014: Kyler Murray, Allen
2013: Myles Garrett, Arlington Martin
2012: Jake Oliver, Jesuit
2011: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
2010: Johnathan Gray, Aledo
The Landry Award was created by CBS 11 and TXA 21 in partnership with the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Character and Leadership Initiative highlighting the “One Way 2 Play – Drug Free” program.
The Landry Award 2017 Coach Of The Year
The Landry Award also recognizes a Coach of the Year, who exemplifies the Christian values that defined Tom Landry on and off the field. A coach’s job is first about teaching life skills and molding young lives. They are shaping young people into the leaders of tomorrow. So many coaches in North Texas donate their time to be more than just a coach to kids. They are father figures, friends and, most of all, role models. They nurture them with unconditional love and turn them into the kind of adults that today’s world needs.
The Landry Award Coach of the Year, selected by Greater Dallas Fort Worth FCA leadership and The Landry Award voting panel, is one who encourages leadership, selflessness, maturity, respect and kindness.
The 2017 Landry Award Coach of the Year is Mike DeWitt of Coppell High School. The other finalists were Chad Cole (Frisco Reedy), Kirk Thor (Mansfield Lake Ridge), Jason Tucker (Haltom) and Patrick Williams (Dallas Carter).
2016: Brian Brazil, Hebron
2015: Randy Jackson, Grapevine
2014: Randy Allen, Highland Park
2013: Joe McBride, Coppell
The Landry Coach of the Year Award was created by CBS 11 and TXA 21 in partnership with the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Character and Leadership Initiative highlighting the “One Way 2 Play – Drug Free” program. The Landry Coach of the Year Award is presented by Raising Cane’s.
Tom Landry: 1924-2000
One of the greatest icons of the game began his football legacy in Mission, Texas. As quarterback, Landry led his high school team to a 12-0 season in his senior year. After returning from duty as a bomber pilot, he attended the University of Texas. After graduating from Texas, Landry played professionally for the All-America Football Conference’s New York Yankees, and later the New York Giants. He played five years as a pro.
Landry started coaching as an assistant with the Giants while he was still playing, and later became a full-time assistant coach with the team. Of course, he is best known as the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held for 29 seasons, including a record 20 consecutive winning seasons. During this time, Landry coached America’s Team to five Super Bowl appearances, winning twice. He won 270 games, the third-most in NFL history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Beyond the Xs and Os, Landry was known as a man of strong faith. He was an active supporter and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 30 years, and he encouraged his players to demonstrate leadership on and off the field.