To say that Landon Irving has the respect of his teammates would be a huge understatement.
“As a junior, he was voted Battling Badger team MVP,” Lampasas County coach Troy Rogers told Empower Texans. “I graduated from Lampasas and have now coached here for three years and this is the first time I can ever remember seeing the award going to an underclassmen. All the seniors voted for [Irving}, which says a lot about who he is.”
On pace for back-to-back 100-tackle seasons from his linebacker position, Irving has proven more than worthy of all the esteem. Lampasas has won three of the last four games by an average of 29 points, with the senior star prominently figuring into the mix.
“He’s a relentless tackler with a kind of nose for the ball that you can’t teach,” Rogers added of his 5-foot-11, 205-pound star. “And when he gets there, he’s typically in a bad mood and doesn’t miss many tackles. His tenacity and toughness are just off the charts.”
Irving’s lineage runs deep, with two brothers having starred at Lampasas prior to his arrival.
“Growing up the youngest of three boys has made him as tough as nails,” Rogers added. “With everything he does on defense, he still finds the strength to play running back on offense for us when asked and is willing to do whatever it takes for the good of the team.”
Rogers said Irving excels in the classroom and plans to follow in his brother’s footsteps by attending Texas A&M University.
“He’s been a joy to coach and work with,” Rogers added. “As a coach, you just wish you had more like him.”
The Badgers (5-4, 3-1in 4A-1 IV District) end the regular season by hosting Fredericksburg.