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story.lead_photo.caption Pleasant Grove's Landon Jackson returns the ball during a game last season. Jackson has been named the Defensive MVP on the 13th annual East Texas Dream Team for the second season in a row. (Submitted photo)

Lindale's Jordan Jenkins and Pleasant Grove's Landon Jackson are familiar names to the East Texas Preseason Dream Team.

Jenkins, a Dream Team selection a year ago at running back, is this year's Preseason Offensive Most Valuable player, while Jackson is a repeat MVP on the defensive side of the ball.

The 13th annual East Texas High School Football Preseason Dream Team consists of players from the combined coverage areas of the Longview News-Journal, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Marshall News Messenger, Texarkana Gazette, Kilgore News Herald, Lufkin Daily News, Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Panola Watchman, Palestine Herald-Press and Jacksonville Daily Progress.

Lindale's Jordan Jenkins (22) carries the call into the end zone for a touchdown against Kaufman last season. Jenkins has been named the Offensive MVP on the annual East Texas Dream Team. (Photo by Cara Campbell/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Jenkins, who has given a verbal pledge to Baylor University, has rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in two varsity seasons for Lindale. A year ago as a junior, he carried 218 times for 1,422 yards and 27 touchdowns, caught 21 passes for 392 yards and three scores and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

That came on the heels of a sophomore season that saw the 6-2, 205-pound speedster rushed for 1,504 yards and 17 touchdowns to go along with 18 catches for 239 yards.

Jackson, meanwhile, has spent three seasons terrorizing opposing quarterbacks for Pleasant Grove. He has been a starter on both of the Hawks' Class 4A, Division II state championship teams in 2019 and 2017.

OFFENSIVE MVP

JORDAN JENKINS

Lindale

Running back

6-2, 205

By the numbers: 218 carries, 1,422 yards, 27 touchdowns; 21 catches, 392 yards, 3 TD; 5 kickoff returns, 253 yards, 2 TD; Verbal to Baylor

DEFENSIVE MVP

LANDON JACKSON

Pleasant Grove

Defensive line

6-6, 257

By the numbers: 111 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 17 sacks; Has 37.5 sacks in three seasons; Verbal to LSU

 

 

OFFENSE

KAI HORTON

Carthage

Quarterback

6-4, 220

By the numbers: 253 of 415, 3,746 yards, 49 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

 

CALEB BERRY

Lufkin

Running back

6-2, 215

By the numbers: 864 yards, 13 TD; Verbal to Washington

 

KADEN MEREDITH

Longview

Running back

5-9, 185

By the numbers: 183 carries, 1,646 yards, 20 TD; 6 catches, 102 yards

 

MASON COURTNEY

Carthage

Running back

5-11, 200

By the numbers: 231 caries, 1,679 yards, 18 TD; 39 catches, 471 yards, 5 TD

 

MATTHEW BOWER

Union Grove

Fullback

5-10, 175

By the numbers:151 caries, 932 yards, 9 TD; 5 catches, 95 yards; Solid blocker for team that averaged 261.1 yards per game rushing

 

MONTRELL SMITH

Carthage

Tight end

6-3, 220

By the numbers: 28 catches, 279 yards, 4 TD; Graded out at 90 percent with 17 knockdowns

 

JALEN HALE

Longview

Receiver

6-2, 175

By the numbers: 7 catches, 164 yards, 3 TD; First freshman to play varsity football for Longview in John King's 16 seasons

 

DOZIE IFEADI

T.K. Gorman

Receiver

6-2, 200

By the numbers: 39 catches, 850 yards, 11 TD

 

DYLAN FLUELLEN

Gilmer

Receiver

6-2, 180

By the numbers: 40 catches, 669 yards, 6 TD

TYRESE JONES

Spring Hill

Receiver

5-11, 175

By the numbers: 38 catches, 757 yards, 5 TD

DION DANIELS

Tyler Lee

Offensive line

6-4, 270

By the numbers: Three-year starter with "countless" pancakes, according to the coach

 

TEE KELLUM

Carthage

Offensive line

5-10, 325

By the numbers: Graded out at 94 percent with 47 knockdowns

 

CHRISTIAN WEBB

Pine Tree

Offensive line

6-3, 245

By the numbers: Key blocker for a team that averaged 37.5 points and 498 yards per game, had a 2,000-yard passer and a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and a 1,000-yard receiver

 

JACKSON ANDERSON

Mineola

Offensive line

6-3, 290

By the numbers: Verbal to Colorado

 

TORIE PHILLIPS

PLEASANT GROVE

Offensive line

6-7, 295

By the numbers: Key blocker for defending state champs

 

DEFENSE

GARFIELD LAWRENCE

Tyler Lee

Defensive line

6-4, 240

By the numbers: 33 tackles, 4 sacks, fumble recovery, one defensive TD, one blocked punt

 

CLAYTON SMITH

Texas High

Defensive line

6-5, 215

By the numbers: 72 tackles, 11 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles

 

KYLON LISTER

Carthage

Defensive line

6-1, 245

By the numbers: 97 tackles,10 TFL, 7 QB pressures, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, one interception

 

BRENT WARREN

Sabine

Defensive line

6-2, 200

By the numbers: 147 tackles, 8 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, one forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one derensive TD

 

TABER CHILDS

Harleton

Defensive line

6-2, 215

By the numbers: 98 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, three fumbles recoveries, 20 QB pressures

 

JACK JANIS

Tyler Lee

Linebacker

6-1, 225

By the numbers: 95 tackles, 14 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery, 3 PBU

 

TREVION SNEED

Mineola

Linebacker

6-1, 225

By the numbers: 96 tackles, 15 QB presusres

 

KYBRIEN JACKSON-JAMERSON

Longview

Linebacker

6-0, 200

By the numbers: 60 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 TFL, 5 PBU, 1 forced fumble

 

PEYTON SNOW

Winona

Linebacker

5-5, 160

By the numbers: 163 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 defensive TD

 

DONOVAN ADKINS

Kilgore

Defensive back

5-10, 170

By the numbers: 57 tackles, 5 interceptions, 5 PBU

 

CAYDEN FORTSON

Sabine

Defensive back

6-0, 170

By the numbers: 70 tackles, 6 interceptions (2 returned for TD), 10 PBU, 1 fumble recovery, one KO return for TD

 

LYRIK RAWLS

Marshall

Defensive back

6-2, 195

By the numbers: 3 interceptions

 

DILLON WILLIAMS

Nacogdoches

Defensive back

6-0, 180

By the numbers: 63 tackles, 2 interceptions

 

CALEB ENCARNACION

Lufkin

Kicker

5-10, 155

By the numbers: 52-55 PAT, 8-10 FG; 76 total points

 

COOPER MCCLURE

Atlanta

Punter

5-11, 180

By the numbers: 22 punts, 38.4 average, long of 52 yards

 

D.J. ALLEN

Gladewater

Utility

6-0, 200

By the numbers: 20 catches, 565 yards, 8 TD; 26 of 64 passing, 486 yards, 3 TD; 44 carries, 220 yards, 3 TD; 47 tackles, 3 interceptions

 

JAVONTA THOMAS

Van

Return specialist

5-11, 180

By the numbers: Averaged 21.4 yards per return; Also caught 59 passes for 770 yards and 8 TD and rushed for 330 yards and four TD

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