Texas Commit Shead Chasing History
Traylon Shead
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Posted Mar 5, 2009


Cayuga junior running back Traylon Shead is not only one of the top football prospects in the state of Texas in the 2010 class, but with another productive season in 2009, will go down as one of the schoolboy legends of Texas high school football. The Texas Longhorn commit will enter his senior season with a long-standing national rushing record within reach.

The tiny town of Cayuga, Texas, population 760, is home to one of the top junior running backs in the state of Texas in Traylon Shead. After three productive years including a 3,502 yard, 52 touchdown season in 2008, the 6-2, 210-pound back has positioned himself to shatter many Texas high school rushing and scoring records as well as make a run at the national rushing record of 11,232 yards held by Sugar Land (TX)’s Kenneth Hall since 1953.

Shead burst onto the East Texas scene as a freshman in 2006 rushing for 1,282 yards and 17 touchdowns on 141 carries. While the production was impressive for a 15-year old, what makes it even more impressive is that he played only seven games as a 6-1, 185-pounder.

After a summer in the weight room and the hiring of new head coach, Tommy Allison, Shead came back bigger, stronger and much more durable in an offense that would give the Cayuga budding star a chance to shine. In 2007, the then 6-2, 200-pound bruising back carried the ball 247 times for 2,810 yards and 33 touchdowns earning AP 1st team all-state honors.

The 2007 season, which included a first ever playoff win in football, was a prelude to the 2008 season in which Cayuga reached the 1A state title game and Shead put together a monster season matched by few in the history of the Texas high school football.

All the son of the Cayuga principal, Bill Shead, did was record 3,502 yards and 52 touchdowns on 390 carries in 16 games.

Now sitting at 7,594 career rushing yards on 778 carries with 102 touchdowns and 622 points scored, including 32 career 100-yard rushing games, Shead will enter the 2009 season chasing history both in the state of Texas and nationally.

Most Rushing Yards Career (Nationally)
11,232 Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX), 1950-53
11,045 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
10,241 Toney Baker (Jamestown Ragsdale, NC), 2001-04
9,662 Toby Gerhart (Norco, CA), 2002-05
9,442 Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN), 1995-98
9,426 Tyrell Sutton (Akron Archbishop Hoban, OH), 2001-04
9,193 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
9,076 Demetris Summers (Lexington, SC), 1999-2002
9,004 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
8,855 Wes Danaher (Corpus Christi Calallen, TX), 1992-95
8,844 Monte Williams (Commerce, GA), 1997-2000
8,804 Emmitt Smith (Pensacola Escambia, FL), 1983-86
8,625 Demetrius “Mac” Campbell (Alexandria, AL), 1994-97
8,502 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
8,472 DeAngelo Evans (Wichita Collegiate School, KS), 1992-95
8,441 Rodney Thomas (Groveton, TX), 1987-90
8,432 James Mungro (East Stroudsburg, PA), 1993-96
8,431 Kevin Grady Jr. (East Grand Rapids, MI), 2001-04
8,418 Cedric Benson (Midland Lee, TX) 1998-2000
8,411 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88
8,248 Kyle Bell (Keensebur Weld Central, CO), 2000-03
8,246 Jacquizz Rodgers (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated, TX), 2004-07
8,224 Derek Homer (Ft. Knox, KY), 1993-96
7,942 Willie Green (Kissimmee Osceola, FL), 1996-99
7,866 Robert Toomer (Sylvester Worth County, GA), 1988-91
7,839 Jeremy Britt (Danville, KY), 1995-98
7,827 Zach Sherman (Platte City Platte County, MO), 1998-2001
7,813 Tim Shaw (Livonia Clarenceville, MI), 1998-2001
7,802 LenDale White (Littleton Chatfield, CO), 1999-2002
7,782 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro; Greensboro Western Guilford,NC), 1993-96
7,761 Carlos Snow (Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education, OH), 1983-86
7,761 Dominque Dorsey (Tulare Union, CA), 1997-2000
7,738 Billy Sims (Hooks, TX), 1972-75
7,725 Michael West (Louisa Lawrence County, KY), 1998-2001
7,656 Steve Tate (Luther, OK), 1973-76
7,652 David Overstreet (Big Sandy, TX), 1973-76
7,646 Michael Vernillo (McDonald Fort Cherry, PA), 1996-99
7,634 Thomas Banks (Birmingham West Jefferson, AL), 1991-94
7,594 Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, LA), 1993-96
7,594 Traylon Shead (Cayuga, TX), 2006-

Traylon Shead needs 3,639 yards in 2009 to become the all-time and state of Texas record holder.

Most Rushing Attempts Career (Nationally)
1,353 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
1,221 Robert Toomer (Sylvester Worth County, GA), 1988-91
1,183 Jeff Womack (McMinnville Warren County, TN), 1979-81
1,154 Kevin Grady Jr. (East Grand Rapids, MI), 2001-04
1,150 Zach Sherman (Platte City Platte County, MO), 1998-2001
1,135 Joe Longmire (Bruceton Central, TN), 1992-95
1,132 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro; Greensboro Western Guilford, NC), 1993-96
1,131 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88
1,128 Billy Sims (Hooks, TX), 1972-74
1,127 Emmitt Smith (Pensacola Escambia, FL), 1983-86

Shead enters his senior season with 778 career rushing attempts. He carried the ball 141 times in 2006, 247 in 2007 and 390 in 2008. He needs 351 carries in 2009 to become the record holder in Texas.

Most Rushing Yards in a Season (Nationally)
4,756 John Giannantonio (Netcong, NJ), 1950 (8)
4,495 Tyler Ebell (Ventura, CA), 2000 (14)
4,087 Travis Henry (Frostproof, FL), 1996 (14)
4,045 Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX), 1953 (12)
3,846 Austin Scott (Allentown Parkland, PA), 2002
3,701 Rodney Thomas (Groveton, TX), 1990 (16)
3,586 Jermaine Marshall (Malibu Kilpatrick, CA), 1999
3,569 Wes Danaher (Corpus Christi Calallen, TX), 1995 (10)
3,526 Cedric Benson (Midland Lee, TX) 1999 (15)
3,523 David Dotson (Moreno Valley Valley View, CA), 1991 (12)
3,515 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1987 (16)
3,502 Traylon Shead (Cayuga, TX), 2008 (16)

Most Points Career Nationally
1,246 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
1,076 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
952 Brett Law (Sheridan, IN), 1986-89
924 Kevin Grady (East Grand Rapids, MI) 2001-04
899 Ken Hall (Sugar Land, TX), 1950-53 (127 TDs, 137 con.)
890 Hubert Bobo (Chauncey-Chauncey Dover, OH), 1949-52
884 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
874 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
847 Levi Ferguson (New Sharon North Mahaska, IA), 2002-05
841 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88

Shead currently has 622 points scored in his three-year career. He posted 102 as a freshman, 198 as a sophomore and 322 as a junior. He needs 278 points as a senior to break the state of Texas record.

Most Touchdowns Career (Nationally)
204 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
178 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
166 Brett Henson (Hatch Valley, NM), 2002-04
151 Kevin Grady Jr. (East Grand Rapids, MI), 2001-04
141 Brett Law (Sheridan, IN), 1986-89
138 Demetrius “Mac” Campbell (Alexandria, AL), 1994-97
137 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
136 Ryan Beckham (Idalia, CO), 1990-93
136 Jacquizz Rodgers (Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated, TX), 2004-07
135 Jason Gwaltney (North Babylon, NY), 2001-04
132 Hubert Bobo (Chauncey-Chauncey Dover, OH), 1953-56
132 Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN), 1995-98

Shead enters his senior season with 102 career touchdowns. He needs 35 to become the state record holder.

Most Rushing Touchdowns Career (Nationally)
204 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
170 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
134 Demetrius “Mac” Campbell (Alexandria, AL), 1994-97
132 Troy Fleming (Franklin Battle Ground Academy, TN), 1995-98
131 Lorenzo Booker (Ventura St. Bonaventure, CA), 1999-2001
128 Knowshon Moreno (Middletown, NJ), 2002-05
125 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
120 Demetris Summers (Lexington, SC), 1999-2002
120 DeAngelo Evans (Wichita Collegiate School, KS), 1992-95
120 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88

Shead enters his senior season with 102 touchdowns scored. He scored 17 in 2006, 33 in 2007 and 52 in 2008. He needs just 19 for the Texas state record.

100-Yard Games Career (Nationally)
47 Michael Hart (Nedrow Onondaga, NY), 2000-03
46 Demetris Summers (Lexington, SC), 1999-2002
45 Emmitt Smith (Pensacola Escambia, FL), 1983-86
42 Brad Hocker (Archie, MO), 1988-91
41 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1985-88
41 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 1999-2001
41 Joe Longmire (Bruceton Central, TN), 1992-95
40 Robert Toomer (Sylvester Worth County, GA), 1989-91
40 Anthony Saunders (Asheboro, NC; Greensboro Western Guilford, NC), 1993-96
39 Zach Sherman (Platte City Platte County, MO), 1998-2001

Shead enters the 2009 season with 32 100-yard rushing games in his career. He posted six in 2006, 11 in 2007 and 15 in 2008. He needs 10 to become the state record holder. Another state championship game run would allow for the potential to tie the national record.

100-Yard Games Season (Nationally)
16 Fred Smith (Sealy, TX), 1994
16 Rodney Thomas (Groveton, TX), 1990
16 Jacoby Jones (Bangs, TX) 2003
15 Traylon Shead (Cayuga, TX), 2008
15 Robert Strait (Cuero, TX), 1987
15 Anthony Barbour (Raleigh Garner, NC), 1987
15 Billy Sims (Hooks, TX), 1973
15 Chris Robertson (Denison, TX) 1997
14 T.A. McLendon (Albemarle, NC), 2001
14 Rausell Harvey (Chicago Dunbar, IL), 1997

Sources: National High School Sports Record Book and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

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