Stock is rising for Wright, record-setting Gray

It's time for the Texas All-State Football Stock Watch and this week, we'll take a look at the state's newest all-time scoring leader and a comparable tailback who shows it's not the quantity but the quality of your opportunities that make the difference.

UP — Johnathan Gray, Aledo RB

Though his team has struggled early on, Gray is not to blame. During the Bearcats' 1-2 start, Gray has continued to put up video-game-like numbers, already rushing for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns. But even bigger than those numbers is Gray's new place in the record books. With last week's four-touchdown effort, the senior is now the state record-holder for career touchdowns with 148 and counting.

DOWN — Kolby Listenbee, Arlington Bowie QB

Just a week after a great showing in the Herbstreit Classic, the Volunteers were brought back down to earth by a surging Skyline squad. The Raiders pressured Listenbee all night, holding him to 75 yards passing and 51 yards rushing while leaving him hobbled toward the end of the 47-14 loss. Granted, as I mentioned before, Skyline looks like a strong contender for the state title, and though there's room for improvement, one loss to the Raiders won't cause us to dismiss Listenbee and the Volunteers.

UP — Tim Wright, La Marque RB

After a season-opening loss to Terry, the Cougars appear to be back to their old self. The defending Class 4A, Division II runners-up rebounded with a 60-0 rout of Sterling last Friday and Wright did some major damage in a hurry. The senior tailback needed just seven touches to rack up 137 total yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.