It’s getting to the point where a nationally televised football game cannot be played without an Arizona high school product making an appearance, if not an impact.
This past week Mesa’s Kyler Fackrell got a start for Green Bay on Sunday Night Football.
Fackrell had two tackles against the Steelers one week after having possibly the best game of his two-year career.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound outside linebacker had five tackles, four of which were solo, and a sack.
“Last week he stepped up and made some nice plays,” Packers linebacker coach Winston Moss told the media before the Steelers game. “That was his best game as a pro. Tackles for loss, sack, lot of third-down stops. Coming around. Believing.”
He is expected to get an extended look with Clay Matthews out with a groin injury and possibly leaving after the season because of his large contract status.
Alex Barrett, Desert Ridge, DL
The former Jaguar has been on the Detroit Lions practice squad since Sept. 22, after playing in the first two games.
The undrafted free agent signed with the Lions out of San Diego State and made the roster out of training camp. He lined up at fullback for one play and had an assist on defense against the Cardinals in the season opener.
Barrett recently sent a box of used cleats from the Lions to the Desert Ridge football program.
Curtis Hodges, Mountain View, WR
The freshman played in eight games for Arizona State and finished the regular season with five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, which came against Oregon.
He also had two punt returns for 29 yards against Arizona.
Kolo Uasike, Skyline, DT
The true freshman played in six of the 12 games for the Rebels after being a late signee in May.
He finished with one solo tackle, three assists and 0.5 tackles for a loss.
Leon Morgan, Mesa, WR
The freshman had two catches for 18 yards for Snow College, but his biggest impact came on kickoff returns.
He had 33 returns for 894 yards for a 27.1-yard average that included a 95-yard score against ASA College.
Jacom Brimhall, Mountain View, RB
The former walk-on is up for a second national award as the Arizona State senior made the preliminary list for Burlsworth Trophy.
The Burlsworth Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, a former University of Arkansas walk-on and All-American offensive lineman. The foundation announced the 63 players nominated from Division I schools across the country, including athletes from fellow Pac-12 schools Washington State, California, USC, Arizona, UCLA and Colorado.
The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, in conjunction with Springdale Rotary Club, will host an awards ceremony on Dec. 4 to honor the three finalists and announce the winner of the 2017 trophy. The ceremony will take place in Springdale, Arkansas.
Brimhall is also a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.
He finished his career with three rushes for 11 yards and two punt returns for six yards in 24 career games.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.