Thursday, December 3, 2009

Butler QB LeMay named Gatorade N.C.Player of Year

Butler junior quarterback Christian LeMay was named the Gatorade N.C. Football Player of the Year.

He is the first selection from Butler.

The award is based on athletic excellence, academic achievement and character.

LeMay, 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, has completed 138-of-203 passes for 2,692 yards and 38 touchdowns against just two interceptions heading into Friday's 4AA semifinal against Independence.

He also has rushed for 528 yards and six touchdowns on 70 carries. He threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 win against defending 4AA champion Richmond Senior, earning 2009-10 ESPN RISE Southeast Region Player of the Week.

LeMay has maintained a B average in school. He has volunteered as part of local community cleanup efforts, on behalf of his church’s youth group and as an area youth football mentor and instructor.

“We’ve seen quite a few good quarterbacks come through Charlotte, and he ranks right up there with the Chris Leaks and Joe Coxes of the world,” said Myers Park coach Jim Ruark.

“He throws the ball well, and if you finally get him covered, he’ll take it and run with it. He can make all the throws. He’s got the arm strength. Combine that with his decision-making, and he’s a real threat. Obviously, you don’t see that every week. He’s a good one. He’ll continue to do well in high school, and he’ll have a really nice career at the next level.”

LeMay joins recent Gatorade winners Xavier Nixon (2008, Fayetteville Britt), Braden Hanson (2007, Charlotte Latin), and Trinton Sturdivant (2006, Anson Senior) .

- Cliff Mehrtens