Texas twins are team’s secret dual-dual threat

Cameron Smith
September 2, 2011

When a football player is a star on both sides of the ball, he's often referred to as a dual threat. So, what do you call two twins who are threats on both sides of the field, on both sides of the ball … at the same positions?

Arlington Martin cornerback and wide receiver Stephen Amoeako
Arlington Martin cornerback and wide receiver Stephen Amoeako

A double-dual threat? A double-double threat? Dueling dual threats?

No matter what phrase is coined to describe such a versatile duo, that's what Arlington (Texas) Martin High is preparing to unveil to opponents beginning on Friday night, when twin brothers Eric Amoako and Stephen Amoako (pictured at right) begin playing as wide receivers in addition to their starting roles as defensive backs.

It's not uncommon for star defensive backs to also earn time returning kicks or catching passes along the wings. What is rather uncommon is for two twins to take up both of those roles on both sides for a single team.

According to the Dallas Morning News, that's precisely what the Amoakos are aiming to do, all while helping Martin fill a void in explosive offensive creativity that was left when superstar running back Danzel Williams graduated and left for Oklahoma and quarterback Russell Bellomy departed to play at the University of Michigan.

"We want to get our fastest players out there to spread the field,'' Martin coach Bob Wager told the Morning News. "They are learning. Eric is a converted receiver, so he has some background at the position."

There's little question what attribute the Amoako's are using to emerge as such versatile threats. Both twins are very, very fast, a skill which quickly endeared them to Oregon head coach Chip Kelley, to whom both have committed to play college football.

Wager thinks that they have the speed to play at that level, though he hopes that Martin's offense can benefit from their explosiveness first.

"They don't know all the packages," Wager said. "But they can fly."

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