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2017-08-10

Bobcats Gonzalez named preseason offensive MVP

By Tim McGrath

Dave Campbell’s 2017 Texas Football Magazine has designated Medina Bobcats junior spreadback J.R. Gonzalez as the preseason District 9-1A-1 (six-man football) Most Valuable Player on offense. Gonzalez led Medina’s offensive effort last season with 2, 358 total yards as the Bobcats went on to secure the District 9-1A-1 Championship. A three year starter, Gonzalez is poised to provide plenty of firepower to the Bobcat offensive attack in the new 2017 season.
Medina Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Josh Faglie had plenty of praise for his offensive leader starting with his work ethic. “J.R. is one the hardest workers on our team. He is always wanting to get better and he has been doing that for the past two years and still works every day to improve himself. He is going to play a big role for us this year,” Faglie said.
Gonzalez is again surrounded by a group of quality returning running backs and receivers that will contribute additional firepower to the Bobcat offensive attack. Seniors Cameron Rambin (RB/LB), Brady Clark (RB/LB), and Bryan Keese (RB/DB) are returning starters who are expected to contribute heavily along with junior Drew Ayala (QB/DB) and sophomore Greg Selement (C/NG). Faglie commented on each of the returning Bobcats who will share the offensive load with Gonzalez. “Cameron is a 2-way starter and very dedicated to our program. A coach couldn’t ask for a better person. Brady was a big help on defense last year and will see some time on offense this year. He finished last season as a linebacker and played really well. Bryan is definitely our top receiver. He can really stretch the field with his speed. We like to get him the ball in space and let him do his magic. Drew is really one of the leaders of our team and one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached. We expect big things from him this year. We also expect a lot of good things from Greg. He’s up to about 270 and has really good hands. He will play more of a role on offense than he did last year,” Faglie remarked.
The Bobcats began their quest for a District Championship repeat last Monday with the opening of the Texas High School Football practice sessions and have been working out Monday through Fridays at the Medina practice field from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Bobcats put on the pads for the first time on Friday, August 11 and participate in their first full-contact intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, August 12 starting at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 10:00 a.m. Next week, on Friday, August 18, the Bobcats will travel to Sunnybrooke for their initial live scrimmage against an opponent.