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FHS’ Grady named a Built Ford Tough Texas High School Player of the Week

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FERRIS - Ferris High School’s Robert Grady, junior running back, was recognized as a Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week for Week 4.

How many running backs have ever enjoyed a debut performance like Grady had for Ferris last week?

A back-up quarterback and veteran safety, the 6-1, 171-pound Grady was pressed into service for the first time at running back.

He won’t be going away anytime soon.

Grady carried only eight times for 282 yards and five touchdowns as the Yellowjackets thumped Eustace, 47-29.

That’s an outrageous 35.3 yards per carry!

Utilizing his 4.45 speed and innate cutback ability, Grady scored on dashes of 75, 5, 65, 60, and 18 yards.

A two-time all-district honoree at safety, Grady is also a guard on the Ferris basketball team and runs the 200 and 400 meters in track.

An honor student with a strong 3.89 grade point average, he participates in the FCA and is a member of the high school student council.

"In all my years of coaching, I’ve never seen that kind of vision," said Coach Randy Barnes.

"Robert really tore it up last week. It’s like he knew where the defenders were going to be. He has solidified himself as one of the leaders on this team. He’s highly respected by his teammates."

The "Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week" program honors one student-athlete in six of the state’s athletic classifications every week during the high school football regular season for his accomplishments on and off the field.

To see Ferris player Grady on the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week program tune in Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8:30 a.m. on Fox Sports Southwest.

High School football fans can nominate other players for this award each week by visiting www.playerofthe week.com.

When nominating players, fans should consider each player’s on field performance, leadership, academic performance and community citizenship.

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