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Cochran out to prove himself in 2011

Casey Cochran Christopher Beauchamp/ESPNHS

Casey Cochran is no stranger to Connecticut football fans — the reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year is a favorite to win the award again as a senior, and he's got Masuk at No. 1 in the ESPNHS preseason rankings. But Cochran doesn't get the same kind of respect on the national level, and that's something he's looking to change this season, as detailed in this Pulitzer-worthy cover story in the September issue of ESPNHS.

If the rankings seem low to you, you’re not alone. Everyone who has worked with Cochran or observed him on a daily basis seems to agree he should be in the discussion for the nation’s best quarterback.

Cochran himself is one of the believers.

“I like to think I belong up there with the best guys,” he says. “I try not to worry too much about where I’m ranked. I know it’s somewhere in the 30s, but that’s motivated me to work hard, and that’s made me a better player.”

For the complete story, click here.