Guyer-ex, UT QB Heard injures shoulder in practice


Former Guyer and current Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) breaks through the California defense on a 45-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Austin. Texas failed to convert the tying extra point and California won the game 45-44. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Former Guyer and current Texas quarterback Jerrod Heard (13) breaks through the California defense on a 45-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Austin. Texas failed to convert the tying extra point and California won the game 45-44. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Jerrod Heard was thrown into the fire, perhaps a little sooner than Texas wanted, last season but kept his head above water and helped lead Texas to bit of an improvement in head coach Charlie Strong’s second season in Austin. Improvement in the sense they had a signature win over Oklahoma but not in the sense of W/L record. Against OU, he rushed for 115 yards.

Heard became the Longhorns’ starter under center after their first game and had a monster effort in a crushing loss to Cal when he threw for 364 yards, rushed for another 163 and ran for three touchdowns. But that was the high point for Heard from an individual standpoint.

Now, the former Guyer standout who led the Wildcats to consecutive Class 4A state championships in 2012 and 2013, might be in danger of losing his weak grasp of the starting job after news broke on Wednesday that he suffered a shoulder injury in practice on Tuesday.

Of course, that’s all the Longhorns would say as no further information was given in a short release to media.

In his 10 starts last year, Heard threw for 1,214 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 556 yards and three touchdowns. He was second on the team in rushing.

According to the folks at Burnt Orange Nation, Heard has been working as the backup to senior Tyrone Swoopes, who Heard supplanted as the starter a year ago.

A significant injury will obviously hurt Heard’s case to be the starter, and could even hurt his chances of being the team’s backup with early enrollee Shane Buechele in camp fresh off his senior year at Arlington Lamar. With new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert in place, the word on the street is that the quarterback competition is truly a wide-open one.

Guyer QBs taking shot at Elite 11

Guyer's David Haynes (7) carries the ball in the second half of a blowout playoff victory over Amarillo in November.

It’s been well documented around here recently that Guyer is #blessed with an embarrassment of riches at quarterback, due to some move-ins and hirings.

Of course, David Haynes is entering his senior season after being seen as Jerrod Heard’s heir apparent for the past three years. Haynes started at wide receiver last season and could be a Division I-caliber recruit at either position. There’s also California move-in, via Sweden, Kevin Dillman, who recently committed to Nebraska and Prosper move-in David Moore. Then, of course, there’s super phenom Shawn Robinson, who’s the son of new Guyer girls basketball coach Andrea Robinson and new tight ends coach Othell Robinson.

This Sunday, AT&T Stadium will host the Dallas Elite 11 event with some of the state’s top signal-callers hoping to move on to the Elite 11 finals in Oregon this summer, where Jerrod Heard competed last summer.

Guyer head coach John Walsh said Haynes will be on hand this weekend at the event, as will Robinson. He said Dillman would be competing but he’s still rehabbing from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered last season in California.


The Tom Landry Classic sent a tweet out Friday afternoon that caught some attention, saying Guyer would open the season against two-time defending Class 5A Division I state champion at UNT’s Apogee Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Allen’s Eagle Stadium. Of course, the $60 million stadium, which is still not yet two years old, is undergoing some massive repair and might not be ready for play at all this season. When asked to confirm the decision, Walsh said he spoke with the Classic director and was told the move isn’t yet a 100 percent certainty, but it does look promising that the Wildcats will be opening their 2014 season in Denton with an Aug. 29 game pitting two back-to-back state champions.

Top 5 games of 2013: No. 3 — Guyer vs. Highland Park, football

Guyer head coach John Walsh holds up the Class 4A Division I state semifinal trophy after Guyer' mounted a comeback against Highland Park in one of the top games of 2013.

For a while, it didn’t look like the Class 4A Division I state semifinal between Guyer and Highland Park was going to be very exciting. In fact, Guyer’s chances of repeating as state champions looked pretty bleak as the two teams entered the fourth quarter at Allen’s Eagle Stadium.

But Guyer has a knack for playing in thrilling state semifinal games. The Wildcats’ came up with a huge fourth-quarter comeback win over the Scots, and that contest checks in as the No. 3 game of 2013.

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Guyer-Highland Park: The anatomy of a comeback

Guyer senior linebacker Demontrie Taylor returns an interception against Highland Park on Saturday at Eagle Stadium in Allen.

Once again, Guyer gave its fans a heart attack in a state semifinal game on Saturday when the Wildcats beat Highland Park, scoring all 22 of their points in the fourth quarter to come back from a 10-0 fourth-quarter deficit.

In what was Guyer’s third state semifinal victory in its history, the Wildcats had their third game-winning score in the final minute — 2010 against Longview, 2012 against Tyler John Tyler and now, 2013 against Highland Park.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, or if you didn’t watch last year’s state title game against Georgetown, it’s pretty much impossible to ever count Guyer out.

I went through my chicken-scratch of a play-by-play notebook to find the eight key moments — good and bad (for Guyer) — that led to the thrilling, last-second victory. Continue reading

Heard waiting for Longhorns news, still committed

Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard (2) has been committed to Texas since his sophomore season, but Mack Brown's shaky future with the Longhorns could cloud his own.

Needless to say, this has been a pretty hectic week for the Texas Longhorns and their football coach Mack Brown, who is embattled in a he-said-she-said involving his current job status with the university.

It all started earlier this week when’s Chip Brown, a known Texas insider, reported that Mack Brown would be stepping down from his post this week. That set off the rumor mill unlike many other stories could with wild speculation of who would be taking over. There’s the Nick Saban talk. Jim Harbaugh has been speculated. Mike Tomlin. Name the top coaches in the sport, and people have speculated they could end up in Austin by week’s end.

It’s for that reason that Guyer senior quarterback Jerrod Heard, who committed to Brown and the Longhorns following his sophomore season, is still pretty confident in his stance that he’s bleeding burnt orange.

Even if the guy who recruited Heard, and wanted him to enroll early (he’s not) this spring isn’t going to be in Austin, Heard is confident someone of big-time relevance will be.

“Of course, yeah,” Heard said when asked if he’d look at other options if Brown is indeed relieved of his coaching duties. “But also, at the same time, whoever they bring in —Texas doesn’t lack in bringing in big names. Whoever they bring in will be great, I’m sure. I just want to meet whoever it is and see how he feels and see how he runs offense, and then go from there.”

After seeing what Heard did in Monday night’s blowout victory over Birdville in the regional final, the defending Class 4A Division I state championship Offensive MVP is going to be one of the most watched kids in the Texas’ recruiting class if Brown does, in fact, leave.

But as of now, it sounds like he’s still leaning toward Austin, where he’s always said he always wanted to go to college. Stay tuned.

Weekday Recap: Argyle, Guyer advance

Jerrod Heard and the Guyer Wildcats waltzed into the 4A DI semifinals with a 53-28 win against Birdville.

It took a while for the roads to thaw out and the weekend’s slate of football games to wrap up.

But when the ice somewhat melted, Guyer and Argyle moved closer to an appearance in the state championship game. Ryan’s valiant season ended after what looked like another improbable comeback was going to occur.

Adam Boedeker and I look back at Monday’s action and look forward to this weekend’s state semifinal games.

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Game Changers: Nov. 12

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If you missed any of last week’s action, don’t worry.

On this week’s Game Changers, Adam Boedeker and take a look at key games from the final week of the regular season, as well as look at future playoff scenarios and last week’s top performers. We’ve got big touchdown plays from Ian Sadler, Jerrord Heard and Cole Carpenter, so if you haven’t clicked play yet, you really have no good reasons for not doing so yet.

Game Changers is a joint production between the Mayborn School of Journalism at North Texas and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Weekend Recap: Denton ISD, Sanger roll

Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week.


It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.

In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.

If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.

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Weekend Recap: Guyer, Denton, Argyle cruise

Guyer notched a 66-3 victory against rivals Lake Dallas last weekend in one of the weekend's lopsided victories.

The closer the calendar shifts to November, the clearer district races are starting to look. Across the area, things are starting to shape up how we thought they would when the season started.

For another week, Guyer and Argyle played up to their lofty state rankings, while Ryan lost its first game of the season and Sanger’s winning streak was halted in a big District 9-3A contest. It’s Monday, so that means Adam Boedeker and I break down last weekend’s action.

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Guyer offense ready to get back to roots

Guyer junior running back Anthony Taylor darts right to get past a Colleyville Heritage defender on Sept. 5 at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

After last week’s win over Trophy Club Nelson, there was an overall dark cloud over the Guyer offense.

Coaches left the press box elevator after the game grumbling over the performance they’d just seen, head coach John Walsh took blame for a lackluster offensive game and blamed it on his play-calling and his preparation during the week of practice leading up to the game.

There’s no other way to put, the Wildcats’ passing game was putrid last week, as Texas pledge Jerrod Heard went just 4-for-16 through the air. But it wasn’t all bad for Heard as he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Running back D.J. Breedlove added 102 yards and two scores on the ground. Fellow running back Anthony Taylor had 92 yards on 15 carries.

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