WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -
Patrick Mahomes is now in Lubbock, trying to adjust to life in college football as the Red Raiders back-up quarterback. The Max Preps male athlete of the year left big shoes to fill at Whitehouse, but Jackson Allen is making strides one day at a time.
"There is not going to be another Patrick Mahomes," defensive standout Justin Dunning said. "But Jackson Allen is a great quarterback, and I think he wants to if he puts his mind to it."
As a dual threat quarterback, Mahomes accounted for over 5,500 yards and 65 touchdowns as a senior at Whitehouse. Allen is the new signal caller who is confident in his own game. "He had his own way and I have mine," Jackson said. "He was a tremendous athlete, but I have my own ways and that's what I bring to the table and that's what I will be doing this year."
Allen's way is being a pocket passes and putting the ball on the money. the lefty is already impressing his teammates. "He has a good arm, he can let it fly if he needs to," wide receiver Drew Smith said. "He can stick into tight spots, he will be good." Dunning added,"He is maturing. He came out last year in the spring scrimmage and didn't do so well, but now I see him building confidence to lead the offense."
Jackson led Whitehouse to the state title game in 7 on 7 and realizes the Wildcats success relies on his arm. "Everything starts with me," Allen said. "I have to lead the offense and we have to do our best." Dunning added," This is Jackson's offense, its time to lead the team and I feel like he has stepped into those shoes well."
And despite a lot of talent lost to graduation, the Wildcats aren't anticipating a drop off from a 12 and 1 campaign in 2013. "We have great potential still on the team," Allen said. "We expect to do just as good as we did last year and keep whitehouse rolling."