Bear Fenimore describes himself as a “football geek” whose television never strays from the NFL Network.
The 17-year-old can tell stories about old-school Hall of Fame quarterbacks Otto Graham and Fran Tarkenton, and he recently became well-versed in quarterbacking lore at the University of Houston, which boasts Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware, David Klingler, Kevin Kolb and Case Keenum, all former or current NFL signal-callers.
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In the spring of 2011, four quarterbacks at Lake Travis High held hopes of being the Cavaliers’ starter when the season finally opened in August. Two and a half years later, all four of them are playing for a Football Bowl Subdivision program or on the verge of signing with one. A look at the group:
• DANNON CAVIL
2010 season: As a sophomore wide receiver, Cavil caught 21 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns to help Lake Travis to a fourth consecutive Class 4A state title. He transferred to San Antonio Madison before his junior season after telling coaches at Madison he wanted the opportunity to play quarterback.
Now: A freshman wide receiver at Oklahoma, Cavil is expected to redshirt this season.
• BEAR FENIMORE
2010 season: Fenimore played quarterback for Lake Travis’ freshman “black” team. He then participated in spring practices with the Cavs before transferring to Westwood before his sophomore season.
Now: In his second season as Westwood’s starter, Fenimore, a senior, leads all Central Texas quarterbacks in pass attempts (96), completions (64) and yards (791). He has committed to the University of Houston.
• COLLIN LAGASSE
2010 season: As a junior, Lagasse accounted for more than 500 yards combined as a rusher, receiver and passer. He began the 2011 season as Lake Travis’ starting quarterback but was sidelined by an injury suffered in the team’s opening game.
Now: A redshirt freshman at SMU, Lagasse has been used sparingly as a running back and wide receiver.
• BAKER MAYFIELD
2010 season: As a sophomore, Mayfield played quarterback on the sub-varsity level while Michael Brewer led the Cavaliers to the Class 4A, Division I state championship. After Lagasse was hurt in Lake Travis’ 2011 season opener, Mayfield stepped in and rallied the Cavaliers past Westlake. He went on to lead the team to a fifth consecutive state championship.
Now: An injury to Brewer cleared the way for Mayfield, a walk-on freshman, to become Texas Tech’s starting QB. He has led the Red Raiders to a 2-0 record and ranks third in the nation in passing yards per game (390).
— Rick Cantu
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