The love just keeps coming for Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard.
With the release of the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Winter Edition this week, Heard has been named by the publication as their postseason MVP in Class 4A. This after he was named the Denton Record-Chronicle All-Area MVP last week, and earned District 5-4A MVP honors for his play in 2012. Of course, thanks to his lack of stats because of Guyer’s blowout wins in the regular season, Heard was only named honorable mention on the postseason Associated Press all-state team. (He was Offensive Player of the Year on my ballot)
Heard, of course, took the big stage of the state championship game in Cowboys Stadium by storm when he led Guyer to a come-from-behind, 48-37, win over Georgetown to claim the school’s first state championship. He received the Offensive Player of the Game award, as voted by media in attendance after accounting for all seven touchdowns — two passing and five rushing. He rushed for three scores in the third quarter that saw Guyer claim the lead after trailing 30-14 early in the third.
Heard finished the 2012 season completing 157 of his 252 pass attempts for 2,115 yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 INTs. But he was arguably the best running quarterback in the state, as evidenced by his 2,164 rushing yards, 8.8 yards per carry average and 35 touchdowns. He fumbled just twice on 246 carries.
In the state semifinal win over Tyler John Tyler, Heard rushed for 318 yards and four touchdowns. There’s no doubt the step up in competition from Guyer’s regular season to its playoff run that included Aledo, Birdville, Amarillo, John Tyler and Georgetown helped Heard’s case in the eyes of folks across the state.
As a Texas pledge who will return for another season with what should be another state-title contending team, Heard will likely be one of the most high-profile quarterbacks in the state, maybe the country.