Bill Foran , a 6-2 205 pound quarterback from Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, had some big shoes to fill this season. Having never played a full season as a starting quarterback, Foran was called upon to replace Alexander Webb, who graduated and earned a football scholarship to Northwestern University.
No starting experience, no problem. Foran burst onto the high school football scene this season, completing 94 of 138 passes for 1,489 yards, 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions in only nine games. An excellent athlete who has been timed at 4.49 in the 40, Foran has also rushed 103 times for 931 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has even caught one pass this year that went for a 73-yard touchdown.
To say the least, Foran has not had a tough time adjusting to the starting quarterback position and a bigger role in the Highland Park offense. For him it was easy, as he just built upon what he learned as a junior.
“It hasn’t been difficult,” said Foran of becoming the starting quarterback. “I learned how to play in the system as a junior. I played some quarterback.”
A big boost for Foran came before the season began, when he was voted one of the team’s captains. His teammates saw something special in him, and It didn’t take Foran long to prove his teammates right.
“He’s a captain, and he was elected by his teammates for his leadership ability,” said Highland Park Head Coach Randy Allen. “He plays his best when the game is on the line. In the third game of the season, he had 447 yards in total offense. He caught a touchdown pass for 73 yards and the rest of it was split evenly between rushing and passing.”
Unfortunately for Highland Park, Foran may not get a chance to shine in the pressure of the first round of the playoffs, which will take place Saturday, November 16, versus Sulphur Springs. He suffered a high ankle sprain that kept him out of the season finale. Foran hopes to play, but things are very questionable at the moment.
“I love [pressure situations],” said Foran. “I would like to play Saturday, but I have a high ankle sprain. I probably will suit up, but I probably won’t start. I don’t know what I will be able to do. It’s really a coach’s decision.
“I do [have confidence in my backup quarterback to win the game, however.]”
Foran’s outstanding regular season play has earned him scholarship offers from Southern Methodist, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Purdue, and Illinois. He is also...
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