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Dallas-area Defensive Player of the Year: Arlington Martin DE Myles Garrett established himself as a quarterback menace
Myles Garrett solidified himself as the area’s most dominant defensive lineman during Arlington Martin’s 47-3 victory against Weatherford on Oct. 4
The senior burst through the offensive front time and again, menacing the opposing center and quarterback on the way to a career night. He totaled 8.5 sacks – resulting in a loss of 48 yards – forced two fumbles, recovered another and blocked a kick along the way.
Garrett, who lined up at nose guard that night, was so fast off the line that some of those sacks came on running plays.
“He’s sacking the quarterback before the exchange can even be made,” Martin coach Bob Wager said. “If you watch him in slow motion, you can see he’s always a step ahead of everybody.”
Garrett, a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end, went on to total 88 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 23 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and four blocked kicks during a remarkable senior season.
Those numbers made Garrett a worthy choice for SportsDay’s all-area defensive player of the year. He’s the fifth straight defensive end to earn the honor, succeeding Jackson Jeffcoat, Tanner Rice, Mario Edwards Jr. and Daeshon Hall.
Garrett, who is committed to Texas A&M, wasn’t successful on talent alone, though. He was the hardest working player on the team, Wager said, following in the footsteps of other Martin greats like Devonte Fields and Kyle Hicks.
“When your best players are your motor guys in practice, the rest of the team has no place else to turn,” Wager said. “That’s how you build a football team. Your best player has to be the motor guy.”
Arlington Martin, Sr.
Position: Defensive end
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 250
About Garrett: The senior was named the District 3-5A MVP and the 5A all-state defensive player of the year before earning SportsDay’s top defensive honor.
What’s next?: The Texas A&M pledge is one of the top-rated recruits in the nation.
Mario Edwards Jr.