Taylor senior Reagan O’Dell was one of 47 Central Texas football players honored at the Greater Austin Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s 27th Annual Awards Banquet Sunday, May 19, at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The awards are based on athletic, academic and civic achievements during high school.
As a middle linebacker for the Taylor Ducks, O’Dell was named second-team All-District, and was 2019 Defensive Player of the Year. He was a two-year starter, team captain and also played fullback.
Academically, he was second-team All-State and first-team All-District. He maintained an A average on the honor roll all four years of high school and was a four-year Superintendents Scholar. He ranks seventh in his class of 180 in overall GPA.
O’Dell is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader, a member of the National Honor Society, the FFA and participates in theatre and golf.
He is an active member of First Baptist Church (FBC) of Taylor as a youth leader and teacher at Vacation Bible Schools. He has participated in mission trips – most notably, to Houston, to help rebuild homes after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey – and will be part of a youth mission trip to Guatemala this summer.
O’Dell helped build and renovate kennels at the Taylor Animal Shelter and helped FBC Taylor’s “Big Serve” efforts with the courtyard reconstruction at Taylor’s Main Street Intermediate School. He volunteered two years as an IT processor at the Austin Coastal Conservation Association’s (CCA) Annual Fundraising Banquet.
The awards banquet was hosted by University of Texas (UT) Sports Information Director Bill Little, and ESPN broadcaster Ron Franklin.
Master of ceremonies was UT broadcaster Craig Way. Assisting in presentations was former Longhorn MVP and All-American Doug English. English is als a College Football Hall of Fame member and NFL All-Pro.
Also, in attendance was former Longhorn All-American and College Football Hall of Fame member Bob McKay. He was a member of the 1969 Texas Longhorns National Championship team and and NFL offensive lineman.