After three years as a wide receiver, moving to quarterback was a little tricky for Millwood senior Cameron Batson.
Not that you could tell.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Batson stepped into the job and immediately started producing. Ultimately, he threw for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000, leading the Falcons to the state championship game for the first time since 2006.
And he earned a spot as The Oklahoman's All-State quarterback. Of course, now, he'll have to prepare to make the transition back to receiver, where he'll play in college at Texas Tech.
“It was a little rough in the beginning, not throwing the ball in a while,” Batson said of the move to quarterback. “But we got things adjusted where we could make things happen.
“Going from quarterback back to receiver, I think I'll be a better receiver than I was. Texas Tech will definitely get me ready for the next level, so I can possibly play in the NFL, hopefully one day.”
Batson is an ideal slot receiver in the Texas Tech system, with his speed and elusiveness in the open field. And he's deceptively strong running with the ball.
“I love Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury's system at Texas Tech, and I think I fit in that system,” Batson said. “Coach Kingsbury's doing a great job. I think the recruiting class we have coming in is a great recruiting class that could possibly win some Big 12 championships and bowl games.”
For the time being, Batson's last high school game is still stuck in his mind. The 36-32 loss to Davis, spoiling the Falcons' perfect season, still stings.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Batson said. “We couldn't finish the second half, which got us beat. But this season has been really interesting, having a coaching change to coach (Darwin) Franklin and getting adjusted to him.
“At the end of the day, we finished out not the way we like, but we finished out strong.”