Thursday, September 8, 2011
ESPNHS Football Players of the Week
By By Mark Tennis & Doug Huff
(After games of Sept. 1-5)
One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.
Cyrus Jones, Gilman (Baltimore)
In Gilman’s 51-27 blowout victory over state power Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) last Friday night in the annual I-95 Classic at Morgan State University, Jones averaged over 16 yards per carry for 194 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He also entered the end zone as a receiver and tallied 10 tackles and a blocked extra point attempt, proving there is little he can’t do on the field. "This is definitely one of the more complete games I've ever played," Jones told ESPNU after the game. This versatile -- and undeclared -- talent showed off his skills this summer at Nike’s The Opening and at the Champion Gridiron Kings events and is ranked as the No. 4 overall athlete in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 34 player overall.
Dillon Yazel, Hackett (Hackett, Ark.)
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior running back had a season-opening game to remember. He totaled 462 offensive yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 58-35 victory over Gore (Gore, Okla.). Yazel rushed 14 times for a school-record 415 yards and six touchdowns. He also landed two pass receptions for 47 yards and another score.
Gehrig Dieter, Washington (South Bend, Ind.)
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior wide receiver etched his name into the national record book in a 63-10 rout of Elkhart Central (Elkhart, Ind.). Dieter amassed a record 437 reception yards on only 12 catches and scored three touchdowns of 90, 70 and 66 yards. The Panthers totaled 487 passing yards on 17 completions. Dieter also returned a pass interception 46 yards to score a fourth touchdown. In three games this season, the senior has 1,158 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. The old single game national reception yardage mark of 421 yards was set in 2008 by J.D. Felice of Rose Bud, Ark.
Marshall Williams, Flower Mound (Flower Mound, Texas)
There’s a reason that the 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior might not be too high yet on recruiting lists. It’s because he was a backup last year to Flower Mound’s Paul Millard, who passed for 4,491 yards and 47 touchdowns and signed a letter of intent with West Virginia. There’s also a reason why Williams might soon be moving up on recruiting lists. It’s because he has already passed for 944 yards and eight touchdowns (with just one interception) in his first two games. Williams completed 31 of 50 passes for 439 yards and four scores to lead Flower Mound past Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 44-36 last weekend. In his first outing, Williams connected on 21 of 43 for 505 yards and four scores. That came, however, in a 42-41 loss to Jesuit of Dallas.
Austin Bray, Kingsburg (Kingsburg, Calif.)
This senior quarterback is the younger brother of University of Tennessee sophomore starter Tyler Bray. The younger Bray, who is coming back from an injury last season, opened the season with 426 yards by completing 15 of 26 passes and throwing six touchdowns in a nail-biting 45-40 win over San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.). Zach Bethel led the receivers with six catches for 211 yards and three of the touchdowns. Kingsburg has won two consecutive CIF Central Section Division III championships.