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Central Texas high school football star begins college football career

Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - One of the most decorated high school football players in central Texas is officially taking the next step in his career.

Zach Hrbacek scored over 100 touchdowns during his four years starting at Troy. This week, he moved to Sam Houston State to start his college football career.

Hrbacek loved his time at Troy, but he understands it will be a big adjustment going from the big star in a small town to a freshman on a Division One football team.

Hrbacek explains, “Being from little Troy, Texas my whole life I haven’t really had a lot of competition, but I am ready to get to work.”

Zach has always been a gifted athlete, and he always knew he wanted to compete in college, he just didn’t always know which sport he would do it in.

“It wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school, when I decided to switch over from baseball and focus on football.”

Once Zach focused his energy on football a number of colleges started reaching out to him, but it was the coaching staff at Sam Houston State that won him over.

“The deciding factors were Coach Keeler and my running backs coach there. They are just great people, and I know the way Coach Keeler works the program is going to be awesome for me.”

Zach attended the FCS National Championship game with his mom this Spring, and watching his future teammates at Sam Houston State win the National Title just confirmed what he knew all along.

“It is surreal. I was sure I had made the right pick, but that definitely made it clear to me.”

Zach understands that winning a National Championship will put a target on your team’s back and he is even expecting it to make the practices more intense.

“It will definitely up my game a little bit because the competition will be there. I am ready for it. I am ready to compete for a spot. It will definitely bring out the best in me.”

Zach said he feels like Troy prepared him for this next step, and though he will miss the fans of all ages that supported him the last four years, he knows he will always be representing his hometown.

“Those kids, a lot of them look up to the football players, not just me, everybody here, so, I am wearing that Troy flag on my back and I am holding it proudly.”

Zach admitted he will miss his parents next year, but they are hoping to attend as many of his games as possible.

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