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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 1:01 pm

Timmy Hernandez might be the most understated two-way player in the state.

Mountain Pointe has big-name players, nationally-ranked recruits and a head coach with a personality as robust as his winning percentage.

Hernandez sort of gets lost in the shuffle unless you ask anyone in the Mountain Pointe program.

They know, and have said as much since spring ball, how vital No. 21 is to their success.

“I think he might be a Division I player,” Pride coach Norris Vaughan said. “He can play anywhere on defense in the secondary. He’s had a tremendous season.”

The Mountain Pointe senior is the Pride’s second leading receiver (27 catches, 510 yards, 8 touchdowns), a shutdown corner that has played as good as, if not better, than his Mountain Pointe counterpart and UNLV commitment Dominique Fenstermacher and is a sure-handed punt returner.

The most impressive aspect of Hernandez’s package is the fact that his grade-point average (4.6) and 40-yard dash (4.7) are so close in range.

“No one really knew who I was, but I don’t care,” he said. “I can get open because Jalen and Emmanuel (Butler) are who they are. I don’t get as much attention from the defense.”

He’s made some great catches on the year – there were two in the Bishop Gorman game and one in the Boulder Creek game – but he has been just as impressive on defensive end considering he was named the Division I, Section IV defensive player of the year.

Hernandez may end up at a smaller school than his talent level would suggest, but he is the type of player, as he has proved heading into Saturday’s state title game, all championship teams need.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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