Where are they now?
Sep 02, 2011 01:14PM
● By Mike
Kyle Padron – Quarterback – Southern Methodist University
In 2008, after just six games, a broken hand cut Kyle Padron’s senior season short. While on the field he did throw for 1,550 yards passing and an impressive 18 touchdowns. Padron stayed close to home by choosing to play for Head Coach June Jones at Southern Methodist University. As a freshman Padron quickly made a name for himself by taking over the starting quarterback role by midseason. He finished the season with a 5-1 record as a starter and a 159.9 passer rating ranking him fifth in the nation. His early accomplishments didn’t end there he was named MVP of the 2009 Hawaii Bowl after throwing for a school record 460 yards and two TDs in a 45-10 rout of Nevada. As a sophomore in 2010, Padron started all 14 games, setting SMU records in passing yards (3,828), total yards (4,072), and touchdowns (31) on his way to an All-Conference USA honorable mention selection. This year as a junior he started the season on the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Manning Award Watch Lists.
David Piland- Quarterback – University of Houston
Filling in admirably at quarterback after Kyle Padron’s injury in 2008, David Piland, a junior at the time, finished the season as a 6-5A First Team honoree. As a senior in 2009 all Piland did was throw for 2,935 yards and twenty-three touchdowns on his way to his second All-District mention.
David accepted a scholarship to the University of Houston where in 2010, the injury bug struck again. Opening game starter Case Keenum and back up Cotton Turner went down with injuries and plans for David to redshirt the season were aborted. David quickly took over the starting quarterback role for the Cougar’s remaining eight games passing for 2,641 yards and 24 touchdowns. In conference play David performed extremely well, ranking second in total offense and third in passing efficiency while earning Honorable Mention Freshman All-American Honors from CollegeFootballNews.com. His best performances included 467 passing yards against Southern Miss and five touchdown passes against Memphis.
David will be ready to once again back up Keenum who was given another year of eligibility. Head coach Kevin Sumlin knows where to turn if injuries strike.
McKay Jacobson – Wide Receiver – Brigham Young University
A three year starter as a Dragon (2003-2005), Jacobson set the school records for both receptions (201) and yards (3,019) on his way to three state championships. He took his game to the state of Utah and immediately made an impact on the field at BYU. In 2006 he returned his first career collegiate punt for 77 yards and a touchdown. The famed return was the first for a score in over 100 games for the Cougars. In three seasons as a Cougar Jacobson has caught 88 passes for 1,513 yards and 8 scores. An academic all-conference performer now in his senior year he has put in his best off-season ever and looks to remain healthy and lead the team in receiving. A solid final year could put him into the top ten historic receivers at BYU.
Sam Schwartzstein – Center – Stanford University
As a Dragon Sam Schwartzstein held the line for two-time Texas 5-A Offensive Player of the Year Riley Dodge on their way to a state championship in 2006. In 2007, after his senior season, Sam was honored as Second Team All-State and accepted a scholarship to Stanford University. At Stanford he patiently waited for his time behind First Team All-American Center Chase Beeler. Last season he saw action in six games as Beeler’s back up. After a rigorous pre-season this year, Sam took his place amongst the top of the depth chart. At 6’-3” Schwartzstein may still be the same height from his prep days, but at 284 pounds he is leaner and stronger. Now as the Cardinal’s starting center, his job is to snap the ball and protect another high-profile quarterback. This time it’s Heisman hopeful Andrew Luck who decided to forgo the NFL draft and return for his senior season.