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Midway Panther Rising Senior Defensive Lineman Carson Byrd is coming off a dominant year for the Panthers and wants to take the next step as a senior leader in 2019.
Despite the Panthers losing their UIL 6A Division I quarterfinal matchup to the Allen Eagles 51-7, the Panthers had yet another double-digit win season at 11-2 (8-0 12-6A Region II). This was their second straight 10-win season and the Panthers have owned the 12-6A Region II district with an unblemished 20-0 record over the last three seasons.
Carson Byrd finished the 2018 season with 87 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked punt. He earned 12-6A All-District honors and his 87 tackles led the district for the 2020 class and all defensive linemen. The six-foot-one and a half, 250 pound, Waco, Texas native handles business in the classroom as he is a two-time Academic All-District Honoree, currently has a 4.02 GPA and recorded a 1390 and 29 on the SAT and ACT respectively. Check out his junior highlights.
He is still without a scholarship offer but said that the following schools have shown interest in him including Harvard, Rice, Columbia, Northwestern State, Washington and Lee, Air Force Academy, and Sam Houston State. He has his eye on Rice, Abilene Christian, Sam Houston State, and the Air Force Academy.
Dimoro Sports: What did your first two years as a high school football player teach you?
Byrd: “My first two years as a high school football player taught me how to be accountable, how to show up on time daily, and how to lead a group of guys.”
Dimoro Sports: What did you learn in your first year as an upperclassman on the defensive line at Midway High School?
Byrd: “As an upperclassman on the team, I was able to put some of the things my former teammate Jaxon Player had shown me into action. I learned how to be a leader of not only my position group but the defense.”
Dimoro Sports: What will you be working on this offseason to get better as your final season approaches?
Byrd: “This offseason as a defensive lineman I will be working on my ball get-off, pass rush ability, and sideline to sideline tackling.”
Dimoro Sports: What moments do you want to enjoy the most on and off the field as a Midway Panther senior?
Byrd: “As a senior, I want to most importantly enjoy spending time with my guys in the locker room and on the field. The bonds that have been made through football are what I will look back on and remember. Also, I want to enjoy my time with my coaches who have made my Midway experience memorable.”
Dimoro Sports: What do you want to accomplish in your senior season statistically and otherwise?
Byrd: “In my senior season I want to most importantly be a strong vocal leader. We lost some good senior leadership last year and I am ready to step up and take their place. Statistically, I want to lead the district in sacks.”
Dimoro Sports: When do you believe a commitment decision will come?
Byrd: “I believe a commitment decision won’t come for a while. I want to see who really wants me to join their team and where I would best fit into the program.”
Dimoro Sports: Talk about your relationship with Braden Endsley? On film, you both dominate, you both are leaders it seems on the defense and get the accolades because of that. Do you all take the time to learn from one another? Hang out off the field?
Byrd: “I’ve known Braden for a very long time. We’ve had a close friendship for a while and football has only made that stronger. We hang out a lot off the field and this adds to our chemistry on the field. We even run our own lawn mowing business together. We continue to push each other in the weight room, classroom, and on the field. I think it has worked out for us well.”
Dimoro Sports: How would you describe your growth as a football player and person?
Byrd: “My growth as a football player has been exponential these past few years. All the weight room time with Coach Yox and workouts on my own have translated onto the field. I feel as if I am one of the most dominant defensive players in the district. On the other hand, I have continued to push myself to make good grades even as the year is winding down. I feel that I am a balanced student-athlete.”