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Vote: Which Texas high school football player had biggest breakout 2023 season?

From Anna's superb sophomore QB Ziondre Williams, to Corpus Christi Veterans' Billy White III, make your pick for breakout star of year

The 2023 Texas high school football season is in the rear view, and we're taking a look at the most impactful players across the Lone Star State last fall.

After unveiling our All-East Texas, All-West Texas, All-South Texas, All-North Texas, All-Southeast Texas and All-Central Texas teams and awards, we released our All-Texas high school football team, honoring the best of the best.

After examining some of the best individual seasons at the quarterback, running back, wide receivers, defensive backs, linebacker and defensive line, offensive line, we're moving to season superlatives.

Which Texas high school football player had the best breakout season in 2023?

We identified six standouts who rose above the rest. Now, want to hear from you.

Scroll down and reach up on six names to consider and cast your vote in the reader poll below. Voting ends on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m. central time


Jermaine Bishop

Willis receiver Jermaine Bishop breaks loose for a long TD run against Tomball Memorial.

JaeSean DeBouse, Andrews, running back, soph.

This gifted athlete wasted no time making his presence felt for the 6-6 Eagles this year, rushing for 2,236 yards (11.0 per carry) and 24 touchdowns. DeBouse, who also caught a 59-yard touchdown, earned District 2-4A Division I Newcomer of the Year honors for his efforts. He is also a star pitcher for the Andrews baseball team.

Jermaine Bishop, Willis, WR/KR/DB, soph.

He did a little bit of everything for the Wildcats. He ran for 7 touchdowns on 26 carries, had 80 catches for 1,414 yards and 17 touchdowns, had 37 tackles, 5 interceptions, returned a kickoff and an interception for a score.

Jerrion Hall, Malakoff, running back, soph.

Helping another East Texas program to its first state championship, Hall was a huge weapon in the Tigers’ offensive arsenal. The super sophomore rushed for 1,490 yards and 31 TDs on 168 attempts. Malakoff finished with a spotless 16-0 record, capped by a 14-7 win over defending champ Franklin in the Class 3A Division I state championship game.

Bradley Sowersby, Smithson Valley, running back, jr.

The junior Ranger running back has made a name for himself as one of the top backs in the area this fall. As the lead back for the Smithson Valley offense, Sowersby has racked up 1,134 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on the year while averaging over six yards per carry. The junior helped his Rangers reach the Class 5A Division I state championship for the first time in 20 years.

Billy White III, Corpus Christi Veterans, quarterback, soph.

White stepped into big shoes this season, taking over for a quarterback who had led the Eagles to back-to-back regional title games. The sophomore signal caller didn’t lead the Eagles to a third straight fourth round appearance but did make a name for himself. White finished the season with over 3,000 passing yards and 33 touchdowns in 12 games played, while throwing just five interceptions. White’s play helped the Eagles clinch a seventh straight playoff berth, while also solidifying the quarterback position for the foreseeable future.

Ziondre Williams, Anna, quarterback, soph.

The first-year starter guided the Coyotes to a state championship. He threw for 2,930 yards, 39 touchdowns and added another 844 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground.

-- SBLive Texas staff.