Preseason questions: Filling a big ol’ void

Guyer wide receiver Brandon Daniel (16) celebrates a touchdown catch against Keller Fossil Ridge last season at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex.  Michael Clements/For the DRC

Guyer wide receiver Brandon Daniel (16) celebrates a touchdown catch against Keller Fossil Ridge last season at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex.
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The Guyer Wildcats are set to begin fall practice on Monday, and with a week to go before that early morning practice comes, we’re going to take a look at five preseason questions/things to watch for in the upcoming season.

Guyer is set to open their 10th regular season in program history on Aug. 28 in the re-opening of Allen Eagle Stadium against the three-time defending Class 6A Division I state champion Eagles. Before that, the Wildcats scrimmage Euless Trinity and have a lot of practices leading up to that.

Question: The Wildcats lost a huge chunk of production from the wide receiver position, leaving a gaping hole at an important unit in the Guyer offensive machine. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but who will Shawn Robinson throw the ball to?

Shawn Robinson is the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2017, and according to several recruiting services, would also be the top of any in the Class of 2016. In short, the kid is really, really good and has a chance to go down as the best quarterback Guyer has ever produced. That’s saying something given the Wildcats brief, albeit impressive, history at the position.

But there’s a big question surrounding Guyer as the Wildcats prepare to start practice next week: Who, exactly, is going to catch Robinson’s passes? Last year, Robinson completed 145 of his 238 pass attempts for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns. Of all of that, 22 of his 145 completions were to guys who return this year. Of those 2,799 yards, only 358 yards return. The touchdowns? That number dips to six.

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Robinson nation’s top QB in 2017 class

Quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson eludes a Keller Central defender last season. David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

This isn’t too surprising, but it’s news, nonetheless.

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, who is set to begin spring football with the Wildcats on April 27 to prime for his junior season, has been getting tons of accolades and big-time offers recently, and on Tuesday he added another.

Robinson, who recently picked up offers from defending national champ Ohio State along with Alabama to add to his prestigious list, was named the top quarterback in the country in the latest Top 247 for 2017 released by recruiting website 247 Sports.

Robinson is the No. 11 player on the list and the top-ranked quarterback and has a four-star rating from the service. Other services, including Scout, have tagged Robinson with the rare five-star rating.

“We think he’s the best quarterback in the country regardless of classification, so I’m glad everyone else thinks so too,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said.

Robinson burst on to the scene last year as a young sophomore, having just turned 15 a month before the season began. He ended up throwing for 2,799 yards and 33 touchdowns with just five picks. On the ground, he rushed for 1,416 yards and 17 scores while leading Guyer to an area-round playoff berth.

Walsh said he has to pinch himself every once and a while to make sure he isn’t dreaming thinking about the prospect of coaching the 6-3, 195-pound Robinson for two more years at the high school level.

“It’s definitely something that makes you feel good as a program knowing you have your quarterback solidified with that kind of talent and that kind of leadership,” Walsh said. “He brings so much to the table with his physical talent, but he’s also extremely humble. I don’t know who all reads the papers and the Internet to see he’s the No. 1 guy, but you wouldn’t know it just seeing him at school.”

Texas offers Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson

Guyer sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, seen here at Guyer's spring game, was offered by Texas this afternoon.

Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson didn’t need to start a game at his new school to earn an offer from one of the biggest programs in the country.

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Guyer’s backup QB Moore goes back to Prosper

The once crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season is suddenly much clearer.

After the Guyer coaching staff moved last season’s backup to Texas freshman Jerrod Heard, David Haynes, to wide receiver full-time, the starting job under center was in the hands of sophomore transfer Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season.

Prosper move-in David Moore was set to be Robinson’s backup and had a solid performance in Guyer’s spring game. Now, Moore is headed back to Prosper before his career at Guyer ever got started.

“It wasn’t really my decision,” said Moore, who started the regular-season finale for Prosper as a sophomore, going 8-for-9 for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns. “It was more for my mom and her personal reasons, she wanted to go back and I just said, ‘all right.’”

Guyer head coach John Walsh said the decision was made due to some family health concerns.

“David and his family are moving back to Prosper due to some family health issues,” Walsh said. “David worked hard during his time at Guyer, and we wish him well.”

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What to Watch for: Guyer spring game

 

Guyer running back Anthony Taylor scores a touchdown in Guyer's state semifinal win over Highland Park on Dec. 14, at Allen Eagle Stadium.

The annual tease known as spring football comes to an end tonight, as the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champion Guyer Wildcats will play their annual spring game at 6 p.m.

While the coaches have already done all of their evaluating over the past few weeks in spring practice and don’t really care too much for tonight’s game, it’s most for the fans, so here’s a little guide of what to watch for if you’re heading out to Guyer tonight.

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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.

Briefly…

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.