Sulphur Springs junior Larry Pryor wasn't new to the Friday night lights. He enjoyed a breakout sophomore season at safety in 2012, but entered the new year charged with operating coach Greg Owens' uptempo spread offense.

If Pryor experienced a learning curve, it wasn't very sharp.

The Wildcat quarterback put up monstrous numbers and is the ETSN.fm 2013 East Texas Football Super Team Offensive Newcomer of the Year. He follows in the footsteps of last year's award recipient -- Whitehouse's Patrick Mahomes -- in more ways than one.

Sulphur Springs QB Larry Pryor. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Like Mahomes, Pryor starred in the secondary as a sophomore before stepping into the spotlight of quarterbacking one of the area's most explosive offenses. Pryor finished 2013 with 2,666 yards passing, 26 touchdowns, and six interceptions, and ran for 1,027 yards and 15 more scores.

Pryor (6-1, 185), who was twice named ETSN.fm/Dairy Queen Offensive Player of the Week, helped lead Sulphur Springs to an 8-4 record and a berth in the second round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs.

Two of Pryor's biggest games came late in the season. In Sulphur Springs' Week 9 win over Mount Pleasant, Pryor completed 14 of 24 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns while running 16 times for 177 yards and two scores. Pryor kept it going in his team's 66-42 bi-district victory over Denison by totaling 308 yards of offense with eight touchdowns.

Pryor's future at the next level is at safety. He committed to Texas A&M on Thursday and holds offers from nine other FBS programs -- Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech.

With an entire year of playing quarterback under his belt, expect Pryor to accomplish much of the same next fall.

ETSN.fm 2013 East Texas Football Super Team

Offensive Newcomer of the Year

Larry Pryor

BY THE NUMBERS
  • School: Sulphur Springs
  • Class: Junior
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 185
  • Offers (10): committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech
  • Passing: 170 of 285, 2,666 yards, 26 TDs, 6 INTs
  • Rushing: 151 carries, 1,027 yards, 15 TDs
  • Twitter handle: @jr_2015Athlete