Position: Running back
He's qualified because: Posted big numbers – 2,329 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns – against big competition for a 12-1 team that won the Tri-River Athletic Conference, Central Section Division I playoffs and finished ranked No. 15 in the state.
They said it:
Bullard coach Donnie Arax: "Kendall's one of the two or three best in the Valley in the last 25 years."
Clovis East coach Tim Murphy: "Try to hit him hard and he'll make a fool out of you."
Clovis North coach Tim Simons: "Entertaining to watch but not entertaining to coach against."
Clovis West assistant coach Coby Lindsey: "If we said, ‘You're going to carry the ball 125 times this game, he'd do it and he'd do it with a smile."
Clovis West coach Mike Parsons: "He knew what we were going to run before I got here. He's a coach's son who knows all the concepts. He's special."
The beginning was a bash – 585 yards rushing, 10.3 yards per pop, 12 touchdowns and a 3-0 start against largely strong opposition.
The end was dreamlike – a school-record 2,329 yards rushing, a 9.2-yard average per carry, 40 TDs, a 12-1 record and a Central Section Division I championship.
"Picture perfect senior season," says Clovis West's Kendall Brock, The Bee's Player of the Year in football.
A Golden Eagles ball boy 10 years ago, he longed for this day. But for all the glossy numbers, even through the first three games, he couldn't have predicted it for there was doubt.
Hamstring injuries create this. They are sensitive. They can linger. They sure as heck can haunt.
And Brock, even deep into September, dealt with a ghost that chased him since he pulled a hamstring in track and field in April: "I was fine, but I had to get it out of my head I was fine. It was a mental thing."
And it hung – amazingly so – even after he blistered Bullard for 210 total yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 first half in game 4 on Sept. 30.
Then it happened – the mental eraser.
"One kickoff, one touchdown," he says.
He received the second-half kickoff and in vintage Brock form – coasting, viewing, shifting, exploding – he raced 99 yards to the end zone.
"I felt I was really moving," he said. "And I was like, ‘OK, it's back, the breakaway speed is back, I can run fast now.
"Up until that point, in my mind, I felt the hamstring could tear again at any minute."
It would not, allowing one of the finest seasons in section history for a team that also went 5-0 in the Tri-River Athletic Conference and finished 15th-ranked in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
"I think he was one of the best two or three backs in the Valley in the last 25 years," Bullard coach Donnie Arax says.
No coincidence he takes this stance while weaving Brock into the section lore of such greats as Dos Palos' Kenny James, Clovis West's McKay Christensen and Hanford's Shawn Wills, among others.
It was against Bullard that Brock, as a sophomore in 2008, carried 24 times for 187 yards in a 24-21 win over the Knights in the section D-I semifinals.
"That kind of launched me," says Brock, whose team would beat Clovis East 24-7 for the D-I crown a week later. "It boosted my confidence and told me I could really do this and tear some teams up."
It was also against a Bullard team that would go 13-0 and win the D-I championship last year that Brock carried 12 times for 178 yards, including a 78-yard score.
And then the sensational September Thursday night at McLane Stadium last fall, when Brock accounted for 358 yards of total offense and scored five times in three ways – rushing, receiving and on his only kickoff return of the season.
His next stop: the Nevada Wolf Pack and one of the nation's leading rushing attacks in recent years.
"I'm glad I don't have to see him again," Arax says. "He is a nightmare to defend, an absolute nightmare. He was electric. Clovis West doesn't win the Valley without him, he was that good."
In Mike Parsons, Brock played for his third coach in three years, and this proved to be the perfect marriage.
Launched from left wing in a shotgun wing-T, he matched his gifts and extraordinary field savvy as the son of a coach with favorable variables – a deceptive scheme with power in front of him such as Bee All-Stars Jordan Brown, Jeff Barth and Jack Horstman.
"When you put him in a discussion with not only the best backs in the Valley but the best in the history of Clovis West, that's a lot of pressure on the kid," Parsons says. "But numbers don't lie – he just lived up to the billing."