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Godfrey named Built Ford Tough 3A Player of Year

PLANO — Six outstanding student-athletes have been honored as Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Year.

In Class 3A, it’s Gilmer Buckeye Quarterback Darian Godrey.

Those honored in other classes include:

• Class 5A: Jeremy Johnson, QB, John Tyler High School,

• Class 4A: Scotty Young, QB, Ryan High School, Denton

• Class 2A: Nate Jeffery, RB, Caddo Mills High School,

• Class 1A: Traylon Shead, RB, Cayuga High School,

• Private: Johnny Catalano, QB, Trinity Christian Academy, Addison

Following is the capsule summary about Godfrey as a Player of the Year winner:

3A: Darian Godfrey, Senior Quarterback, Gilmer High School: What do the Buckeyes do now? With Darian Godfrey starting at quarterback for the last three years, Gilmer went 41-3, becoming a dominant power in 3A. When you look at the 6-1, 190-pounder’s numbers, you know that Coach Jeff Traylor has his work cut out for him.

In leading Gilmer to a 15-0 record and the 2009 state title victory over Abilene Wylie (Darian hit 20 of 28 for 293 yards and two scores and rushed for 159 yards and two more scores), Godfrey completed a career that made the Gilmer statisticians earn their pay.

As a senior, he threw for 239 yards a game, completing 254 of 357 for 3,581 yards and 42 scores.

He wound up his career with 116 TDs (fifth all-time) and an amazing 9,390 passing yards, fourth-best all time in 3A.

He’s bound for the University of New Mexico in the fall. An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he also carries a solid B average.

“Darian’s athleticism is unquestionable,” said Coach Jeff Traylor. “It’s the other intangibles that made him a great one. He owns tremendous leadership skills. His teammates respected his outstanding leadership skills and always followed his lead.”

Ford Motor Company and its dealers recognized the six young Texas high school football stars on March 6 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium as the Built Ford Tough High School Players of the Year for the 2009 Season.

This award honors one student-athlete in six of the state’s athletic classifications for his accomplishments on and off the field.

Throughout the 2009 regular season, 60 student-athletes were recognized as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week in these same six classifications.

This prestigious prize was launched in 2006 by Ford, the manufacturer of the F-150, the best-selling truck for 33 consecutive years, and the Dallas Cowboys to celebrate the best young players in Texas.

The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week Program has a weekly television series during the season and a website, www.player of the Production crews traveled to communities across the state to shine the spotlight on these players of the week who’ve excelled not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in their neighborhoods. Please check out the website for additional information on the program.

Courtesy Photo
DARIAN “STUMP” GODFREY, second from left, has been honored as the Class 3A Built Ford Tough Player of the Year. With him are, from left, Todd Vagi, Regional Manager for Ford; Dallas Cowboy Jay Ratliff; and a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Godfrey, who quarterbacked the Gilmer Buckeyes to the Class 3A Division I state championship in 2009, will be attending the University of New Mexico on a football scholarship after he graduates from Gilmer High School. First, he and his state champion teammates will be honored at The Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Gilmer Buckeyes Ring Ceremony presented by Brookshires on Saturday, March 27.

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From the Longview News-Journal:

Sunday, March 07, 2010

ARLINGTON — Gilmer quarterback Darian Godfrey added another trophy to a growing list on Saturday when he was named the Built Ford Tough Class 3A Texas High School Player of the Year.

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