PATRICK HUDSON HAS ALWAYS STOOD
out. As a fifth grader, the Silsbee left tackle
stood 5-foot- 11, 280-pounds and wasn’t
allowed to play football due to his size.
After joining the Silsbee Middle School
squad, Hudson needed little time to be up
to form, transforming into one of the state’s
premier offensive linemen as he heads into his
senior season with the Tigers this year.
“They wouldn’t let me play pee-wee football
because I was so big,” Hudson said. “I guess
you can say I started late. They just kind of put
me in at left tackle and I’ve been there ever
Hudson, who now stands 6-foot- 5, 319
pounds, has been a cornerstone to the Tigers’
offensive line since his sophomore season.
Hudson is one of four starting offensive
linemen returning for the Tigers’ run-first
offense that led Silsbee the Class 4A Division I
bi-district playoffs last season.
“We lost some running backs and receivers,
which will hurt, but we have some players that
can step up,” Hudson said. “We are confident
on the offensive line. We’re good up front.”
Hudson said he has used the time in the
offseason to improve both his strength and
“Right now, I’m really trying to just get better
and get college ready,” he said. “I’ve been
working on my speed a lot. I’ve always been
strong but I’ve worked on getting quicker.”
Hudson is verbally committed to Baylor,
though he has received offers from numerous
BCS schools such as Texas, Texas A&M and
With his senior season still ahead of him,
Hudson is focused on getting his team to the
playoffs and making the most out of his final
year with Tigers.
“I think most of all, I want to be a role
model,” Hudson said. “I want to help the team
on the field but also help show the younger
players the right way to play.
“We have to come in without the hype as a
team and show that we can play.”
– Keith MacPherson
GREG LITTLE COMES ACROSS LIKE A BIG
teddy bear with a huge smile. He has an
unflappable personality who seems too nice to
As a youngster, Greg was a big athletic kid
with outstanding feet, he wanted to be a doc-
tor and football was not his sport of choice.
“Basketball was my first love, but my dad
was in the NFL, my uncle was in the NFL
and my dad said you’re going to play football
regardless,” said Little.
Football runs deep in the Little clan and that
friendly encouragement by his father, former
South Carolina linebacker Derrick Little (a sixth
round pick of the Buccaneers in the 1989
draft), gave Greg incentive to follow in the family’s athletic footsteps.
And perhaps in the Little household, the old
adage “father knows best” rings true.
After a freshman season at tight end, Little
found his home at tackle for Allen offensive
line coach Mike Carter and became a starter
as a sophomore. Little now anchors that line
and is the nation’s top recruit in his class.
Little uses his size, (6-foot- 6, 295), flexibility
and overall athleticism to dominate at left
tackle, but is quick to point out teamwork is the
key for the overall success of the Allen Eagles.
“We focus on the team here at Allen with
everyone working toward the team’s success.
No one person makes the team. Its working
together that makes everyone better. Allen
is about teamwork and that is the key to our
success,” said Little.
Little enters his senior season with the
Eagles reloading for a fourth consecutive title
run. Little’s focus is not on his recruitment, but
going out with another state title.
“I’m hoping for my third state championship.
Guys dream of winning state championships
and I’ve already won two so that’s what I’m
focused on,” said Little. – C. W. Star
KEENAN MURPHY HAS HIGH STANDARDS
for his senior season. After helping Crosby to
its best season in school history, the highly-touted Cougar offensive lineman has his sights
set on a return to the playoffs – or better.
“Last year was electric,” Murphy said.
“We didn’t get off to the best of starts. We
struggled some in the scrimmages. Once the
season started, though, we got the wheels
Murphy, who stands 6-foot- 2, 290-pounds,
has been a key cog in the Crosby offensive line
since his sophomore season when he became
The Crosby left tackle has helped the
Cougars rush for more than 3,000 yards as a
team each of the last three seasons.
“Playing in this offense is fun,” Murphy said.
“A good running back compliments a good
offensive line so it really is a team effort. Our
coaches do a great job of coaching up our
Crosby advanced to the Class 5A Division II
state semifinals a year ago, finishing the year
13-2 with its only losses coming to C.E. King
and Cedar Park.
The Cougars started the season with senior
Donta Allen, carrying the bulk of the load. He
would be slowed by injuries in the playoffs
and gave way to freshman Craig Williams and
sophomore Carlos Grace.
The trio all finished with more than 850
yards rushing a piece, showing the prowess
of the Cougar offensive line regardless of who
has the ball.
“[Playing offensive line] is something that I
love,” Murphy said. “I get to be in the middle of
the action every play.”
With the experience of a state semifinal trip
now in his rearview mirror, Murphy is excited
for the new year with a wealth of talent return-
ing from last year’s Crosby squad.
“I think every team starts out the year with
the goal to go to state,” Murphy said. “We have
that same goal. We know it’s obtainable after
last year’s run. We’re ready to get things going
again.” – Keith MacPherson