Earlier today, Shay Smith was named 6A the 2022 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week trophy for week 4. The junior completed 24 of his 26 passes and totaled nearly 400 yards with 5 touchdowns (3 pass, 2 rush) in Franklin's 56-29 win over Americas High School.

It has been a fast start for the son of former UTEP and NFL running back Paul Smith. In four games, he has thrown for over 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. In addition, Smith has added 320 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. The Cougars are off to a 3-1 start, including 2-0 in District 1-6A. Smith, who holds offers from UTEP and Texas Tech, is now eligible to become the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football 6A Player of the Year.  

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During each week of the 2022 regular season, fans, coaches, and media are asked to nominate players at FordPlayeroftheWeek.com, as well as catch up with winners, view video clips of players in action and get the latest program details. Fans will be able to follow the conversation on social media by using #FordPOTW and share the recognition of these outstanding individuals each week. 

The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program recognizes one high school student-athlete in six of the state’s athletic classifications each week of the regular season.
Nominees must excel in three categories:
• Individual performance on the field, including significant statistics from that week’s game
• Contribution to the team’s success through individual leadership abilities
• Performance off the field, including academic success and good community citizenship

At the end of the regular season, Ford and its advisory board will select one student-athlete from the 11 weekly winners to be the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year in each classification. Following the championship games, honorees will be recognized at a banquet next year.

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