JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS (KLTV) - Carter McCown was destined to be a quarterback.
"I think he grew up his whole life knowing this is what he wanted to do," said Chris Taber, head coach of the Jacksonville Indians.
"It has been my lifelong dream to be on varsity and playing quarterback in Jacksonville," said McCown, a sophomore.
His last name alone, has legendary status in Jacksonville.
"There is a big pressure to live up to the name McCown and be as great as they were."
Carter is the 4th McCown under center in Jacksonville in the last two decades.
He follows the footsteps of his older cousins, Randy, Josh and Luke, all of whom quarterbacked the Tribe, quarterbacked in college and two of them (Josh & Luke) found their way to the NFL.
"I have actually looked them up and watched some of their games and to be like them, is a great compliment," said Carter.
"He looks like Luke, definitely, if you look at him in a uniform and look at Luke's high school uniform, you know, but I think he has a little bit of all of them I think," said Taber.
Even the number on his uniform (12) is a family tradition.
"12 has been a tradition in my life, because growing up, I associated McCown with the #12," said McCown. "Randy chose it in high school, Josh wore it and Luke wore it. Now I wear it."
Just a sophomore, Carter has proved his worth, playing the 2nd half of his 1st ever game, a win against Carthage, with broken collarbone.
After missing the last month, #12 is back under center, just like the old days.
Only now it's a new McCown in town.
"They have set the standard really high, and I think of it as a competition," said Carter. "I have to be as good or better because that is just the competitiveness in me to aspire to be as great as them."
"I don't think he puts that added pressure on himself to be like his cousins," said Taber. "He just wants to play and make his own name as he comes through Jacksonville."
McCown and the Indians play Whitehouse on Friday night.
The winner moves to 2-0 in district play.
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