Longview QB Haynes King wins Texas AP player of year honor
DALLAS (AP) — Longview quarterback Haynes King has been voted the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors high school player of the year.
King is the seventh straight quarterback and 10th overall in 12 seasons to win the award. He was named Friday in voting by a panel of eight sports writers and editors who cover Texas high school football.
The player of the year ballot included the 10 offensive and defensive players of the year from all five classifications of the Texas APSE’s all-state teams. The honors are based on regular-season statistics.
King, a junior who was recently offered a scholarship by Kansas under new coach Les Miles, finished the regular season with 28 touchdowns and one interception. He completed 123 of 177 passes for 2,414 yards. Longview is playing Beaumont West Brook for the Class 6A Division II championship Saturday.
Including five playoff games, King has 3,252 yards passing with 39 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has rushed for 503 yards and seven more TDs for the Loboes (15-0). King has thrown for more than 6,000 yards in 26 games for his career.
There are two Heisman Trophy winners among the Texas APSE players of the year. Johnny Manziel won the Texas award in 2010 at Kerrville Tivy before becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman with Texas A&M in 2012. Kyler Murray, the 2014 Texas winner with Allen, won the Heisman at Oklahoma this season.