Monday, August 6, 2007

There's a Leak in N.C. recordbook

The flood of talk lately about setting records - Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriquez, Brett Favre - got me to thinking.

Which North Carolina high school football individual records will be hardest to surpass? I scrolled through the N.C. High School Athletic Association, and two words keep ringing in my head.

Chris Leak.

The former Independence quarterback owns most of the state passing records, and it will take a long time - and very special quarterback - to replace Leak’s legacy.

He played from 1999-2002, so I (and many of you) have fresh memories of Leak’s stunning games. The ball came out his hand differently than high school quarterbacks. He threw patterns others could only dream about.

The convergence of coach Tom Knotts’ high powered passing strategy, and a quarterback like Leak to execute it, made the numbers staggering:

Total offense, career: Leak had 16,590 yards.

The runner-up has 10,836.

Touchdown responsibility, career: Leak had 218 (185 passing, 33 rushing).

The runner-up has 178.

Total offense, season: Leak had 5,494 in 2002.

The runner-up has 4,820.

Career completions: Leak had 1,013.

The runner-up has 757.

Career touchdown passes: Leak had 185.

The runner-up has 116.

None of the second-place recordholders are close. The top three marks for passing yards in a season? Leak, Leak and Leak.

Will the records stand? Who knows for sure? Someday another version of Leak may emerge, with a coach willing to toss the ball around, and enough talent on the team to make it happen.
He’ll have to have a freshman step in and average more than 45 scoring passes for four years. That doesn’t happen too often, unless your name is Chris Leak.

-- Cliff Mehrtens


Anonymous said...

Too bad he's not good enough to make the Chicago Bears.

Anonymous said...

Umm yeah im going to need for you to get your facts straight Leak is on the roster and will be playing for the Bears this year

Anonymous said...

He won't be after training camp.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter - he was good enough to win the National Championship, where the players actually care about the sport.

And with that, Go Gators!

Anonymous said...

So NFL players don't care about the Super Bowl? Get a grip. Leak is a wannabe at the pro level, and always will be.

Anonymous said...

^ And? Looks like you're on the wrong blog; this one is about PREP sports.

Anonymous said...

Would he have all those records if he didn't go to Independence? I didn't think so. His records are the product of the system. Send him to any other school and he's a scrub.

Anonymous said...

What an absurd comment. I'm not even a huge Leak fan, but can recognize that the guy is a special talent. Will he make it in the pros? Who knows...but he did have an exceptional high school career, and I'm not sure why you're so adamant in trying to knock him down.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds like someone played against Chris Leak and their still angry about the outcome.

Whodatiz? said...

Yeah, Leak's a scrub. That is why Spurrier/Zook recruited the snot out of him as well as every other major D1. Even little ol' USC (and I don't mean the Gamecocks).

Poor little Leak only helped Florida destroy Ohio State's fabled team last year.

Like it or not, he produced. He is a legend in my book. If he doesn't pan out in the league, I bet he would be one heck of a coach.

Anonymous said...

where ma dawgs at? we gots 2 rep our boy CHRIS LEAK! hes tha best mex/blk qb ever