WR Crouch brings 'Sunshine' to offense

Oklahoma commit Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Colleyville Heritage) has thrown for more than 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns in Colleyville Heritage’s first six games. One of his favorite targets is known around the team as “Sunshine.”

Nathan Crouch has been a steady go-to player in the Panthers’ offense. A 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver, Crouch has caught 27 of Thomas’ passes for 533 yards and six touchdowns, and he has shared top billing in the passing game most of the season with 2014 slot receiver Kaelin Deboskie.

“It’s really exciting for me, the exposure I can get out of it,” Crouch said of playing alongside Thomas. “The fact that Cody’s been a friend for so long, it really feels like everything is coming together. We’ve made a real good connection.”

Crouch got his nickname because of his flowing, blond locks. He reminds teammates of the character with the same name in the movie “Remember the Titans.” While the nickname may set off a red flag to some for his ability to make plays, his game easily makes up for everything. In last week’s game against Irving (Texas) MacArthur, he caught six passes for a season-high 173 yards and two touchdowns.

Crouch additionally showed his skills over the summer at camps at Indiana and TCU. He has been in touch with coaches from both schools, in addition to Texas Tech.

“I’m a fast receiver who likes to get separation, and it happens a lot” Crouch said. “I think I’m an all-around, hustle-type player. I’m going to dig that block and help us get touchdowns any way we can.”

As for the nickname?

“Everywhere I go, people are referring to me as Sunshine,” he said. “I like the fact that people associate me with him. He wasn’t a bad player in the movie.”