China Spring QB Major Bowden named Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year




HOUSTON – Texas Football by Dave Campbell, the leading publication on all things football in Texas, and the TaxAct Texas Bowl are proud to announce that Chinese Spring quarterback Major Bowden is the recipient of the Mr. Texas Award. High School Football Player of the Year 2021. Bowden will be honored on the field at the TaxAct Texas Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston, where the Kansas State Wildcats face the LSU Tigers.

Mr. Texas Football annually honors the most outstanding high school football player in the State of Texas.

Bowden, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound quarterback, is perhaps Texas high school football’s most valuable player as a senior, running 1,866 yards and 23 touchdowns – averaging 8.4 yards per carry – while completing 67% of his passes for 1,432 yards and 27 scores. His Herculean efforts took China Spring to all-time highs: the fourth unbeaten regular season in program history, the first 16-0 season in school history, and the inaugural China Spring State Championship. since 1978, when Bowden won offensive MVP honors. The driving force behind the Cougars’ meteoric rise, Bowden led China Spring to victories over heavyweights Carthage, West Orange-Stark, Cuero and Gilmer in the home stretch for the 4A Division II title. Bowden’s remarkable tenacity and incredible game make him a worthy recipient of the 2021 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year award.

Past award winners include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and overall QB overall pick Kyler Murray (2013 and 2014 winner, Allen), 2012 Heisman QB trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns RB Johnathan Gray (2011 Winner, Aledo), former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated), current Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders (2017 winner, Denton Ryan) and former Cowboys QB of Dallas Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Hallettsville and Texas Longhorns RB Jonathon Brooks won the award in 2020.

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About the TaxAct Texas Bowl

The TaxAct Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and locally managed by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The bowl has featured teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the nation’s biggest conferences, since 2014. The TaxAct Texas Bowl has been a huge success both on and off the field for its first 14 years. because it is the fifth most attended a bowl game in the country since 2016. The bowl generates over $ 30 million per year for the Houston economy and has donated nearly $ 2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support for DePelchin Children’s Center, the official charitable recipient of the bowl.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

For over 60 years, Dave Campbell’s Texan football has been “the bible” for millions of football fans across the Lone Star State. The magazine’s annual summer edition remains a rite of passage for all Texans, previewing every football team in the state – from the rabid world of high school football in Texas to the varsity ranks, through the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. Over six decades, Dave Campbell Texan football remains the clear leader in high school football in Texas, college football in Texas and more. is Dave Campbell’s online Texas Football site, covering high school football, college football and recruiting statewide from Lone Star. From stimulating commentary and videos to podcasts and its daily live broadcast, no one covers Texas football like

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