Texas all-stars solid at QB with Szymanski, Daniel

Nick Gholson
Times Record News

Once again, quarterback won’t be a problem for the Texas Oil Bowl team.

Both the Class 5A and Class 4A all-state quarterbacks will be on the Texas roster for the 68th edition of the Maskat Shrine Temple’s annual all-star football game June 18 at Memorial Stadium.

The combined 2004 statistics for Southlake Carroll’s Chase Daniel and Rider’s Blake Szymanski are staggering.

Together, they had exactly 10,500 yards of total offense and 124 touchdowns.

They completed 576 passes for 8,665 yards and 93 touchdowns. Their completion percentage was 62.5. Only 30 of their 922 passes were picked off.

They also ran for a combined 1,835 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Daniel led Carroll to a 16-0 record, the Class 5A Division II state title and USA Today’s mythical national championship. He completed 298 of 457 passes for 4,582 yards and 48 touchdowns and also ran 247 times for 1,400 yards and 21 TDs.

The 6-1, 218-pound Parade All-American and E.A. Sports National Player of the Year signed with Missouri.

The 6-4, 195-pound Szymanski will join Daniel in the Big 12 Conference.

After leading Rider to an 11-3 record last year, he signed with Baylor.

Szymanski completed 278 of 465 passes for 4,083 yards and 45 touchdowns. He ran 136 times for 435 yards and 10 TDs.

The Rider quarterback is one of six area players on the Texas roster.

Joining him are Wichita Falls High defensive tackle David Gross, Hirschi linebacker Darius Allen, Henrietta kicker Tyler Wolf, Vernon running back Anthony Hall and Bowie running back-linebacker Major Henderson.

Fifteen NCAA Division I colleges are represented on the Texas roster, including seven Big 12 Conference schools.

Texas Tech has the most players in the game with four.

Seven of Rivals.com top 100 Texas players are on the roster — McKinney defensive tackle Lorenzo Jones (32), Duncanville defensive back Gremon Coffman (42), Corsicana offensive lineman Louis Vasquez (47), Daniel (49), Hebron defensive end Phillip Jons (76), Waco linebacker Shon Brown (91) and Keller wide receiver Andrew Richards (97).