Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Stock is rising for Malcolm Brown, Matt Davis
By By Brandon Parker
In this week's edition of the Texas All-State Football Stock Watch, we've got a defensive lineman showing off his receiving skills and a quarterback showing that his old knee injury ain't a thang.
UP — Malcolm Brown, Brenham DL By this time next year, the Texas Longhorns will have two Malcolm Browns on their squad. The Steele alum playing tailback while the current Brenham star lining up on the defensive line, so it's pretty easy to tell them apart. But last week, the younger Brown showed that he's not immune to offensive success. In the first quarter of Brenham's contest against Magnolia West, Brown lined up at receiver, and unlike Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork a couple weeks ago, the 280-pound Brown went the distance on a 50-yard catch down the sideline. Brown's improbable TD, along with three sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery led the Cubs to a 47-13 win and a 4-0 record.
DOWN — Kendall Ehrlich, Pearland LB
After dominating their first two games, the defending Class 5A, Division I champs have sputtered, losing two in a row and dropping out of the state rankings. The defense has particularly struggled, as it surrendered a 14-3 lead last week to previously winless Clear Springs. As the team's leader, the onus will fall on Ehrlich to rally his teammates and right the ship before it's too late.
UP —Matt Davis, Klein Forest QB
Davis' 2010 campaign didn't even last two quarters, as the star quarterback went down with a torn ACL in his right knee during the season opener. But the Texas A&M showed little to no signs of the devastating injury in a 28-21 win against previously undefeated Klein last week. Davis threw for 218 yards and two scores and also rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-21 win for the Eagles. On the season, Davis has used his dual-threat ability to total 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.