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Russell Shepard's coach hates America

"Russell can throw the football. He's been growing in our offense and has the ability to take (advantage of) the best plays available. Sometimes the best play available is a running play. We like to run the ball. But I think he's definitely a quarterback. He's exactly what you want as a quarterback and a field general.

"The University of Texas had not won a conference championship until they got an athlete who could run and pass and spread the field for them, and that was Vince Young. Russell is very comparable to Vince. That's who he's compared to in the city of Houston, Vince Young."

- Cypress Ridge coach Gary Thiebaud.