Spread traces its roots to Depression-era Texas high school football

Updated: July 20, 2009, 12:54 PM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNRISE.com

The vast fields that span the width and breadth of Texas produce a number of hearty crops, such as cotton, corn and soybeans.

And now quarterbacks, thanks greatly to the growth of high school spread offenses across the state since the early 1990s.

Chad Morris currently runs one of the best at Lake Travis (Austin). Last year's senior quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, was the national player of the year and broke his own state record by throwing for 4,854 yards for a state career-record ...

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