By Bill Spinks
Even in the middle of a golden age for the air game at Sherman High School, J.T. Luper’s senior season stands out as the best ever by a Bearcat wide receiver.
Putting up eye-popping numbers that overshadowed even teammate and close friend Joseph Harvey — a historic receiver in his own right — Luper helped lead Sherman to a 9-3 record and a fifth-straight trip to the Class 4A Division I playoffs.
But receiving was only part of the value Luper represented to the Bearcats. He did it all — returning kickoffs and punts, playing wildcat quarterback in goal-line situations, and starting games at safety, where he had 45 tackles and an interception.
Luper is the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Class 3A-4A Most Valuable Player for 2012 after catching 80 passes for 1,433 yards, obliterating the previous school records in each category.
Luper scored 12 receiving touchdowns this fall and ended his Sherman career as the school’s No. 2 all-time receiver in catches, yardage and touchdowns behind Harvey. Luper also rushed for five TDs in 2012.