Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Davidson Day's Will Grier, Catholic's Elijah Hood national player of the year finalists

Two Mecklenburg County high school prep football players are among six finalists for a national player of the year award.

Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier and Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood are finalists for the 2014 U.S. Army Player of the year Award, annually given to the nation's most outstanding senior, as voted on by a special committee.

The winner will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards show Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

Grier, committed to Florida, followed up his junior season where he was named Gatorade N.C. state Player of the year, with an impressive senior season, leading his team to a third straight state championship. Along the way, he became the state's all-time touchdown passing leader with 188.

Grier also became the sixth player in high school history to throw for 70 touchdowns in a season. During his senior year, Grier completed 70 percnet of his passes, threw for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns.

Hood, committed to North Carolina, has rushed for 2,811 yards and 41 total touchdowns. He will play in a N.C. 4A quarterfinal Friday night. During his junior and senior seasons, Hood has rushed for over 6,100 yards and has 89 touchdowns.

Information on the other finalists: 

Nick Chubb, Running Back, Cedartown High School, Cedartown, Ga.
During his senior year, Chubb rushed for 2,683, averaging 9.8 yards a carry with 41 rushing touchdowns. Nick helped his team to a 9-2 record and a GHSA playoff berth. Chubb is committed to the University of Georgia.

Marshon Lattimore, Defensive Back, Glenville High School, Cleveland, Ohio
During his senior season Lattimore had ten receiving touchdowns, three special teams touchdowns and one interception to go along with two pass break-ups.  Lattimore has helped his team to the OHSAA playoffs. Lattimore remains undecided on his college choice.

Joe Mixon, Running Back, Freedom High School, Oakley, Calif.
In his first playoff game of his senior year he rushed for 281 yards and seven touchdowns.  Mixon rushed for over 4,281 yards and 76 touchdowns in just three varsity seasons.  In addition to his success on the ground, Mixon hauled in 37 passes for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns at Freedom High. Mixon remains undecided on his college choice.

Trey Quinn, Wide Receiver, Barbe High School, Lake Charles, La.
During his senior campaign, Quinn hauled in 97 passes for 1,797 yards and 18 touchdowns. Throughout his stellar four-year career at Barbe High School, Quinn had 65 receiving touchdowns, including a career high 26 during his junior season. Quinn and his teammates are currently in the Louisiana State Playoffs. Quinn is committed to LSU.

The selection process began this fall as players were evaluated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and by coaches from across the country. Past U.S. Army Player of the Year Award winners include: 2001 - Kevin Jones; 2002 - Lorenzo Booker; 2003 - Chris Leak; 2004 - Adrian Peterson; 2005 - Ryan Perrilloux; 2006 - Mitch Mustain; 2007 - Jimmy Clausen; 2008 - Terrelle Pryor; 2009 - Bryce Brown; 2010 - Dillon Baxter; 2011 – Demetrius Hart; 2012 – Dorial Green-Beckham; and 2013 – Max Browne.


Anonymous said...


Chris Weinke was NPOY in 1989, Nick Maddox was NPOY in 1999 as was Chris Leak in 2002 and Tim Tebow in 2006 and the rest is history on all that. Same for T.A. McLendon who NPOY breaking all td and td records in high school from Albemarle NC high school or same school Tom Knotts grad from as QB in 1973 and played for Duke later coaching IHS to national fame putting Charlotte on the map. Heralded Natrone Means went to a Super Bowl after an illustrious high school and UNC career but was injured after several seasons and retired.

Leak won 3 state titles and broke the passing record at 16k yds with 150 tds and won a NCAA title at Florida grad with honors on a team that won 109 straight games plus an overall 7 consecutive state 4a titles. No public high in America can touch that.

So what happened to Leak who won a NCAA title at UF? Rejected as too short? What a joke.

Meanwhile a 11-11 Westlake HS pretender in Fulton County Atlanta Ga nobody who scams the system ends up with all the hype and was kicked out of Florida in his first semester for cheating 3 times and 3 felony thefts before going to a community college joke and then took 200,000 under the table at crook Auburn for one semester work.
The NCAA and Heisman gave the criminal a free pass who was signed by crook Richardson and made a hero. Totally laughable and he was on roids.
He is still technically a college freshman.

Heisman winner and 2 time NCAA champ Tebow the same deal as he was shunned by the NFL bigots for his religious beliefs and like Leak graduated from Florida with academic honors close to a 4.0 GPA and impeccable record.

Weinke the same as he lasted one season with the jinxed panthers winning the Heisman and breaking all records with 2 NCAA titles at FSU.

Maddox did nothing after breaking the high school TD rushing and TD records and never played NFL. Same for McLendon who fizzled in college.

While its a great honor to be bestowed these awards there are totally unknown nobodys who slip in the back door using trickery or cons like the carolina panthers have used.
Even CSmith was a complete nobody in Ca and at Utah and fumbled half the time his first 2 yrs until he got on the roids.
Clausen meanwhile still holds many Ca high school QB records for passing scoring and was All American at Notre Dame but got no support at the carolina panthers jinxed franchise.

Keeping everything in perspective with all the hype and awards is a good policy even though winning them is an honor and well deserved after much hard work and dedication.
Intelligence and awareness of the pitfalls of the NFL trillion dollar mafia and union racket is the best policy. Its all an unknown so dont get cocky.
Even the best get blindsided by the negatives not to mention the brain injuries that everyone suffers to some degree.

Anonymous said...

correction. Make that SSmith.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 8:42... You seem to know a whole lot about how the game of football is orchestrated/played - from Highschool on up to the professional level. But you sound very bitter... Can't you just be happy for the kids to even be on the list for such recognition? After all, they are only promised today! Don't be such a Negative Nancy - let 'em have their day in the sun. What happens tomorrow is irrelavent to today. Sheesh, ease up a little...

Anonymous said...

So the moral to the story is anybody can make it and there is hope for everyone?

You dont have to break any records end up making 50 million annually with endorsements if you are a con and play your cards right?

Just ask Smith or Newton who sucked until pro.

These 2 prove there is hope for the worst of the worst.

Hard to imagine where those players with real talent ability and records could go if they were not road blocked by NFL crooks.

Anonymous said...

Who says crime don't pay? Look at my boy cut loose done wrong abused misused contused who won 2 legit by these same outlaws and NO medicine. Damn y'all mofos.

Marcus P.
ASU '03 3 time NCAA world champs

Anonymous said...

dude dont forget AE won 4 straight SoCon conference titles at Kidd Brewer too ... nobody ever did that..

Anonymous said...

The NFL is for pussies and crooks. The best quality wouldn't lower themselves to mess with that criminal outfit but thumbs up for Incognito for keeping the crybaby fags like Martin out.