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SportsDayHS 2011 All-Area football coach, newcomer of the year
COACH OF THE YEAR
Mansfield Timberview's Mark Walker
About Walker: Coming from Edmond (Okla.) Memorial in 2009 after turning that program into a perennial playoff team, Walker didn't have immediate success at Timberview - going 5-5 his first season and 3-7 in 2010. But with dual-threat senior quarterback Chuck Taylor at the controls, things clicked this year. Timberview advanced all the way to the state semifinals, ending with a 12-3 record, the most wins ever for any Mansfield school. He and his team managed this feat - winning nine games in a row after starting 0-2 - while dealing with the death of 29-year-old Cody McCarty on Oct. 16.
What's next? While Taylor's shoes will be tough to fill, Walker can lean on junior running back Josh Smith, who rushed for 1,752 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Recent winners: Year, coach school
2004: Reginald Samples, Lincoln
2005: Gerald Brence, Plano
2006: Todd Dodge, Southlake Carroll
2007: Kenny Perry, Arlington Bowie
2008: Tom Westerberg, Allen
2009: Steve Lineweaver, Euless Trinity
2010: Randy Jackson, Mesquite Poteet
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Celina's Nathan Elliott, freshman, quarterback
Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 176
About Elliott: Elliott played in every game for Celina, showing his skill in the second game by running for a 14-yard game-winning touchdown against Prestonwood Christian with 14 seconds left. He threw for 1,612 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 714 yards and nine touchdowns. Celina lost in the third round of the playoffs to Henderson.
What's next? Celina should be strong as always next year, though it will miss senior running back Jamarick Simmons. Elliott plans to run track this spring.
Recent winners: Year, player, position, school
2004: Clint Renfro, WR, Southlake Carroll
2005: Tre' Newton, RB, Southlake Carroll
2006: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Plano West
2007: Daryn Alves, QB, McKinney Boyd
2008: Tevin Williams, RB Euless Trinity
2009: Iliau Moeakiola, DB, Euless Trinity
2010: Kenny Hill, QB, Southlake Carroll