High-SchoolFootball: Gehrig Dieter

Mr. Football USA Week 6 Tracker

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
11:49
AM ET
Johnathan GrayTom Hauck/ESPNHSJohnathan Gray ran for a whopping 342 yards and seven touchdowns Friday night in Aledo's 83-21 win over Springtown
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, enjoyed a week off with his teammates. Denton Ryan retakes the field this Thursday versus Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas).
Season totals: 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles; team is 5-0 and No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Same: Edwards' bye week comes at a perfect time. He can get fully healthy and try to put together a strong second half and push towards 20 sacks.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Despite only playing 2 1/2 quarters Friday night, Gray vaulted from fifth to third all-time in the national record book in scoring, rushing 16 times for 342 yards and seven touchdowns (42, 31, 30, 8, 14, 8 and 69 yards) as Aledo destroyed winless Springtown (Springtown, Texas) 83-21.
Season totals: 93 carries for 1,364 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, one touchdown receiving; Aledo is 3-2
Stock – Up: Gray’s numbers continue to boggle the mind as he's averaging nearly 275 yards per game and nearly 15 yards per carry. He now has scored 962 points in his illustrious career.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU helped his team to a fourth straight win Friday night, catching seven passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 42-14 victory over Waynesville (Waynesville, Mo.).
Season Totals: 60 catches for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns; team is 5-1
Stock – Same: Green-Beckham continues to dominate and just as importantly he's also opening things up for his teammates (Stewart Andress rushing for 200 yards and four TDs Friday night) and helping Hillcrest to wins on the field.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris had his first "off-game" of the year Friday night, hitting just 6-of-17 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, but Missouri-bound RB Jonathan Williams picked up the slack with 233 yards rushing as Allen still crushed Lewisville (Lewisville, Texas) 45-13
Season totals: 88-of-144 for 1,357 yards and 19 touchdowns with no interceptions, 84 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 5-0 and No. 3 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Same: Morris showed Friday that he is indeed human, but even with an off night he still has eye-popping overall numbers through five games for the nation's No. 3 team.

STRONG CASES
ATH Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
This week: Diggs caught four passes for 125 yards and also contributed an interception and several big hits in the secondary as Good Counsel topped Red Lion Christian (Bear, Del.) on Saturday 34-14
Season totals: 22 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns, one touchdown rushing, one interception; team is 5-0 and ranked No. 8 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Same: Diggs continues to make big plays in each game, however the balance of Good Counsel really prevents him from putting up huge overall numbers.

RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
This week: The nation’s third-ranked back was subdued to just 109 yards and no scores on 26 carries as Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.) took it to Hopewell 37-13 on Friday night.
Season totals: 149 carries for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown; team is 4-1.
Stock – Slightly Down: Hopewell has made great strides from '10, but showed Friday that good teams can slow down the entire operation by stacking the box against Shell.

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Mr. Football USA Week 5 Tracker

September, 27, 2011
9/27/11
3:03
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Trey WilliamsTom Hauck/ESPNHSDekaney (Spring, Texas) RB and Texas A&M commit Trey Williams ran for 279 yards and three scores to help his team move to 4-0.
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, had three sacks and forced a fumble as Ryan held on for a 42-28 win over Lake Dallas (Corinth, Texas).
Season totals: 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles; team is 5-0 and No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Up: Edwards bounced back after a down game to come through for his team in the clutch and keep the Raiders unbeaten.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Gray became the all-time leading scorer in Texas (920 points) and moved to fifth all-time nationally in Friday night’s 62-17 rout of Timber Creek (Keller, Texas), rushing for 209 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries while also catching two passes for 61 yards and a fifth score.
Season totals: 77 carries for 1,022 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing, one touchdown receiving; Aledo is 2-2
Stock – Up: Gray’s numbers continue to boggle the mind. Despite being a marked man every time he steps on the field he’s now averaging over 13 yards per carry, over 250 yards and four touchdowns per contest.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had another big night Friday, catching 10 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns as Hillcrest trounced Glendale (Springfield, Mo.) 35-8.
Season Totals: 53 catches for 864 yards and nine touchdowns; team is 4-1
Stock – Slightly Up: Green-Beckham is now averaging a ridiculous 10 catches and 170 yards per game receiving.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Missouri-bound RB Jonathan Williams returned from injury for Allen this week but it was still Alec Morris leading the attack, as the Alabama recruit completed 22-of-32 for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-7 rout of previously undefeated Plano (Plano, Texas).
Season totals: 82-of-127 for 1,241 yards and 17 touchdowns with no interceptions, 77 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 4-0 and No. 3 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Slightly Up: Morris continues to play as well as any high school QB in the nation, averaging 310 yards and four touchdowns per game so far.

RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
This week: The nation’s third-ranked back broke the WPIAL career rushing mark, that was previously 7.646 yards by Mike Vernillo, Friday night in 27-20 win over Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh). Shell carried 32 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the victory and now sets his sights on the Pennsylvania career state record of 9,027 yards, held by Jeremiah Young.
Season totals: 123 carries for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown; team is 4-0.
Stock – Up: Shell now has 7,718 yards on his career and is averaging nearly 240 yards per game rushing this fall.

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Mr. Football USA Week 4 Tracker

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
2:50
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xTom Hauck/ESPNHSNeal Burcham passed for 471 yards and accounted for four scores in Greenbrier's (Greenbrier, Ark.) 42-35 win
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, made five tackles but was held without a sack and suffered an ankle injury in the second half and missed some time in Ryan's 28-22 double overtime win over Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas).
Season totals: 26 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles; team is 4-0 and No. 42 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Slightly Down: It's hard to expect Edwards to get a sack in every game, but as a strickly one-way defensive player trying to contend for a national player of the year honor, it's probably what he has to do at minimum to compete with offensive players.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The all-time touchdown scorer in Texas high school football and his team were off this weekend.
Season totals: 69 carries for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing in two games; Aledo is 1-2
Stock – Same: Gray continues to shred Texas high school defenses and is now the Texas state record-holder for career TDs with 148 and counting.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU was back to posting big numbers Friday night after being held to under 100 yards by Joplin the prior week. Green-Beckham shredded the Camdenton (Camdenton, Mo.) secondary for 215 yards and two scores on 12 catches in a 31-21 victory.
Season Totals: 43 catches for 734 yards and seven touchdowns; team is 3-1
Stock – Up: Green-Beckham continues put up big numbers and that combined with his physical talent is making him a top candidate for this honor.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris and his teammates had a bye week to prepare for the start of district play.
Season totals: 60-of-95 for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions, 78 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 3-0 and No. 4 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Same: Morris is emerging as a serious, serious contender for this honor, putting huge numbers for a team that right now looks as good as any nationally.

RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
This week: The nation’s third-ranked back had the game of his young life Friday night, carrying 31 times for 367 yards and five touchdowns yards while also catching two passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 55-28 win over Moon Area (Coroapolis, Pa.).
Season totals: 91 carries for 748 yards and eight touchdowns, one receiving touchdown; team is 3-0.
Stock – Up: Shell now has 7,514 yards on his career and needs just 132 yards to tie the WPIAL all-time rushing mark.

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Mr. Football USA Week 3 Tracker

September, 13, 2011
9/13/11
8:01
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xTom Hauck/ESPNHSAllen (Texas) QB Alec Morris has gone from a player without any offers to an Alabama commitment in a matter of months.
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, racked up a third straight multi-sack performance, totaling five tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a 49-14 rout of North Garland (Garland, Texas).
Season totals: 21 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles; team is 3-0 and No. 36 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Same: Edwards continue to perform at a high level and back up his status as a top prospect.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Ran 27 times for 257 yards and four touchdowns, breaking Traylon Shead’s Texas high school football record for career touchdowns of 146, but it was not nearly enough as FAB 50 ranked Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) slaughtered the Bearcats 62-35.
Season totals: 69 carries for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing in two games; Aledo is 1-2
Stock – Slightly Up: Gray continues to shred Texas high school defenses and is now the Texas state record-holder for career TDs with 148 and counting.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris was once again surgical in Allen’s 42-23 destruction of East Texas power Longview, completing 25-of-35 for 365 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 27 yards and a score.
Season totals: 60-of-95 for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions, 78 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 3-0 and No. 4 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Up: Morris is emerging as a serious, serious contender for this honor, putting huge numbers for a team that right now looks as good as any nationally.

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ESPNHS Football Players of the Week

September, 8, 2011
9/08/11
1:56
PM ET
(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.

EAST

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.

SOUTHEAST

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.

MIDWEST

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.

SOUTHWEST

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.

WEST

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.

Mr. Football USA Week 2 Tracker

September, 7, 2011
9/07/11
3:01
AM ET
xTom Hauck/ESPNHSJohnathan Gray ran for 336 yards and five touchdowns this week
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITE

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Ran 15 times for 336 yards and five touchdowns, while also catching two passes for 21 yards in Aledo’s 50-7 rout of Weatherford (Weatherford, Texas).
Season totals: 42 carries for 556 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in two games; Aledo is 1-1
Stock – Up: Gray continues to shred Texas high school defenses and is now just three touchdowns away from the state record for career TDs of 146, held by current Univ. of Texas RB Traylon Shead.

STRONG CASES

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU posted big numbers again, catching seven passes for 142 yards and two scores, but it wasn’t enough as Hillcrest fell to Heritage (Rogers, Ark.), 37-20.
Season Totals: 25 catches for 426 yards and five touchdowns; team is 1-1
Stock – Slightly Down: His freakish talent is undeniable but it needs to translate into a lot of wins for Hillcrest for him to stay in top contention. Otherwise he’s just a big talent putting up big numbers, and there are a lot of those across the country in high school football where top players rarely face players across the line their equal.

ATH Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
This week: Diggs battled back from cramps to catch the game-winning 25-yard TD pass in overtime as Good Counsel topped Manatee (Bradenton, Fla .) 24-17 in a battle of two FAB 50 ranked teams. He also scored on an 80-yard reception earlier in the contest.
Season totals: Six receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Stock – Up: Big players make big plays in big games, and Diggs lived up to that addage this weekend.

DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, was dominant for a second straight week, racking up five tackles for loss and two sacks in a 48-24 victory against Newman Smith (Carrollton, Texas).
Season totals: Four sacks and a forced fumble; team is 2-0 and No. 41 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Up: Edwards had a multi-sack outing for the second time in two games – if he keeps this up and Ryan has a deep run into the playoffs, a 20-25 sack season isn’t out of the question.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris accounted for six touchdowns in three quarters of work in Allen’s 59-0 rout of Northwest (Justin, Texas). The Alabama-bound senior hit 18-of-32 passes for 320 yards and five touchdowns while also scoring on a one-yard rush.
Season totals: 35-of-60 for 570 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions, 51 yards and one touchdown rushing; team is 2-0 and No. 4 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Up: Allen is the consensus top team in Texas at this point and Morris is the driving force of the Eagles’ attack, having accounted for nine touchdowns in the first two games.

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New national receiving record set

September, 3, 2011
9/03/11
2:52
PM ET


Receiver Gehrig Dieter of Washington (South Bend, Ind.) hauled in a record 447 yards Friday night. In three games this season, he has 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned a pick for six on defense in the game. Consider us impressed, and the guys over at ESPNU were already on this star wideout's trail. Check out this video recap to see Dieter's record effort.

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