High-SchoolFootball: Johnathan Gray

FAB 50 Offseason Primer: Skyline (Dallas)

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Dallas Skyline footballTravis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comSkyline (Dallas) is looking to become the first Dallas ISD school in more than 60 years to win a state football title in 2012.
During the offseason, we’ll check out one team per week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation for next fall.

FAB 50 Offseason Primer Archive

This week’s team: Skyline (Dallas).

2011 Season: 14-1, Class 5A Division I state semifinalist, finished No. 14 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 10. While the Raiders did not win a state title in 2011, they came very close given that their controversial 28-24 loss in the semifinals came against Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas), the eventual state champion. With that loss sticking in their throat all spring and summer, there’s no telling how pumped up the Raiders will be to win it all in 2012.

Team Strengths: Skyline may have more elite college prospects than any team in America next fall. On offense, quarterback DeVante Kincade (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) can be electrifying in the open field on scrambles and threw for nearly 3,300 yards with 35 touchdowns. Receiver Ra’Shaad Samples (5-11, 170), the son of Skyline coach Reginald Samples, will be back as well. The two combined for five touchdowns in a playoff win against DeSoto (Texas). Up front, the Raiders return one of the state’s top offensive linemen in Kevin Coleman (6-2, 300) and one of the best groups of defensive linemen. The defensive line should include Devion Anderson (6-3, 220), Isaiah Williams (6-2, 230), Roderick Moore (6-1, 210) and Kerrick Huggins (6-4, 285). There’s also the talented Will Barrow (5-10, 170) in the secondary and promising junior running back/defensive back Derrick Dixon (5-9, 170).

Another Texas team to watch: With the legendary career of Aledo running back Johnathan Gray coming to a close, the Manvel team that Gray faced in his last game may be the favorite to replace the Bearcats as Class 4A state champions. The Mavericks were 15-0 entering that title game, a 49-28 loss, and return a wealth of talent. Leading the way should be quarterback Shane McCarley, who passed for 1,905 yards and 23 touchdowns with just three interceptions. All-State candidate receiver Jalyn Judkins (6-4, 205) will be back along with top rusher Selwyn Green (5-6, 160).

High School Football Stories of the Year

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Jadeveon ClowneyJohn Fedele/ESPNHSSouth Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, now at South Carolina, was the most hyped football recruit in a decade.
From Jadeveon Clowney’s recruitment to Johnathan Gray, Dorial Green-Beckham and Maty Mauk breaking national records, we look back at the stories that made this a compelling year of high school football.

The Hype of Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney had a boatload of pressure placed upon him starting with his junior year of high school when people began calling him the best high school football recruit in a decade. Somehow the South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) star defensive end backed it up, recording a ridiculous 162 tackles and 29.5 sacks as a senior. Every major college coach would have loved to get him to sign a letter of intent, so that’s why it’s fitting Clowney signed with South Carolina on Valentine’s Day, which also happened to be his 18th birthday.

The Emergence of Robert Nkemdiche

After Clowney graduated, he passed the torch to Nkemdiche, an immensely talented junior defensive lineman at Grayson (Loganville, Ga.). The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder has the same freakish type of athleticism as Clowney and also the burden of living up to expectations. But like Clowney, he hasn’t let it bother him. This year, Nkemdiche led POWERADE FAB 50 No. 4 Grayson to its first state title and tallied 18 sacks despite facing double- and triple-teams every game.

Gridiron Records Shattered

It seemed as if no high school football record was safe this season.

Aledo (Texas) senior running back Johnathan Gray became the nation’s all-time leader in career touchdowns (205), which he set in his final high school game, and finished second in career points (1,232).

Meanwhile, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) senior wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham broke the career receiving yards (6,356) mark, and Kenton (Ohio) senior quarterback Maty Mauk capped his unbelievable career with national career records in passing yards (18,932), touchdown passes (219), completions (1,353), attempts (2,110) and total yards (22,681).

Mainland, Joplin & Tuscaloosa Overcome the Odds

In sports, the idea is to never back down from the opponent no matter how big or intimidating. Unfortunately for thousands in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Joplin, Mo., and Linwood, N.J., nobody told them their greatest opponents would come by way of natural disasters and tragedy. In April, a massive tornado tore through Tuscaloosa. A month later, another violent tornado demolished the town and school in Joplin. And in August, four Mainland Regional football players died in a car accident.

As the rebuilding continues in each town, sports, in particular football, have helped the communities unite as reminders that even these opponents can’t destroy their wills.

The Rise of 7-on-7

AAU basketball, for good and for bad, has been a staple of the high school hoops scene for decades. Now high school football could have its own version of AAU in the form of 7-on-7 traveling teams.

The rise of 7-on-7 teams has become a hot-button issue with the NCAA because of the fear of third-party influences who could jeopardize the college eligibility of players on those traveling teams. And this June, the SEC banned non-scholastic 7-on-7 events from being held on its schools’ campuses.

Don Bosco Prep’s Run to a National Title

The Ironmen began the year with a bull’s-eye on their backs after being ranked No. 1 in the preseason POWERADE FAB 50 ESPNHS Team Rankings. But Bosco backed up the billing, running through a competitive schedule that included a road win over No. 12 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) to go wire-to-wire as the nation’s top team.

It was the second time in three years the Ironmen have finished No. 1 in the FAB 50. Maybe it’s time we started including New Jersey among the football power states.

Girls Make Impact on Gridiron

Girl athletes made headlines — and big plays — all over the football field this fall. Brianna Amat was dubbed the “kicking queen” and gained national attention for making the game-winning field goal for Pinckney (Mich.) on the same night she was named homecoming queen. Andrea Marsh, a senior cornerback at Panama (N.Y.), was named one of 12 finalists for the High School Football Rudy Award after leading her league in interceptions. Shawnee (Springfield, Ohio) kicker Carly Gregory became the first girl in Ohio state history to score in a state championship game when she made two extra points. And Lisa Spangler, a 5-foot-5 sophomore, was the starting middle linebacker for Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Wash.).

“I never expected to have a girl be my middle linebacker,” Fort Vancouver coach Eric Ollikainen said. “But my job is to get the best 11 on the field, and she’s one of my best.”

Natalie Randolph Leads Coolidge to Title Game in Only Her Second Year

Randolph made news last year when she became only the third woman in history to be named a varsity football coach when she took over at Coolidge (Washington, D.C.).

She proved her future in coaching was bright, having led her squad to the DCIAA championship game this season. And though Coolidge fell to Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) 33-21, the team knows it’s in good hands with Randolph at the helm.

Refs Going too Much by the Book?

In August, refs penalized Alex Schooley of Louisville (Ohio) for excessive celebration after a touchdown when he pointed to the sky to honor his friend, who had died the week before the game in a car accident. Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) was able to use the short field position it got from the penalty to drive down for the game-winning field goal.

Then in December, Cathedral (Boston) quarterback Matt Owens scored what appeared to be the game-winning score on a 56-yard touchdown run against Blue Hills (Canton, Mass.) in the Eastern Massachusetts Division 4A Super Bowl. But Owens raised his arm on the way to the end zone, leading refs to call him for unsportsmanlike conduct. The touchdown was negated, the ball was placed at the spot of the foul and Owens threw an interception on the very next play as Blue Hills went on to win the title.

Tanner Mangum and Neal Burcham Break Out

One was a quarterback from Idaho, and the other was a signal-caller from small-town Arkansas with one college offer. But Eagle (Idaho) senior Tanner Mangum and Greenbrier (Ark.) senior Neal Burcham proved this summer that you don’t have to be from a football hotbed to be a star quarterback.

The pair earned co-MVP honors with the nation’s No. 1 QB, Jameis Winston of Hueytown (Ala.), at Elite 11 and proceeded to have dominant senior campaigns. Mangum committed to BYU, while Mangum picked up more scholarship offers before committing to SMU.

Johnathan Gray named Mr. Football USA

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This year's recipient of the Mr. Football USA award, the title bestowed upon the nation's most outstanding on-field player each fall by ESPNHS, reminds us a lot of last year's winner, probably because it's the same player. Tailback Johnathan Gray of Aledo (Texas) was the first junior to ever win the award in 2010 and is once again ESPNHS's selection as Mr. Football USA.

"I'm blessed with the family, coaches and teammates that have helped me get to where I am," said Gray. "I'd never be capable of doing this by myself, and I'd like to think that we won this together and that it's our honor together. It's a team game and in order to have success it requires a team effort."

Gray can now be considered the Archie Griffin of the award, becoming the first player to earn the distinction twice. Mr. Football USA dates back to 1970 and Gray is joined by four other Lone Star State running backs -- Earl Campbell (1973), Billy Sims (1974), Eric Dickerson (1978) and Cedric Benson (2000) -- to have been awarded the coveted honor.

His statistical success is undoubtedly the stuff of legend, but it has translated well into the win column as well. In Aledo's third straight state title win, a 49-28 victory over Manvel (Texas), Gray scored his 205th career touchdown, becoming high school's all-time career touchdown leader, surpassing former Michigan star Mike Hart in the process. In last year's state title victory over La Marque (Texas), Gray scored eight times, setting a Texas state championship record.

In front of every great back are the linemen who sacrifice to create the lanes and holes, and Gray is grateful for what his crew has done for him over the years.

"My O-line guys tell me, 'If I'm gonna block for you, you might as well go ahead and score, man,'" said Gray. "I tell them, 'You go get that 'backer and I'll get in for you.' Those guys work really hard and a lot of my success and our team's success is thanks to them."

Adding to his already gaudy résumé entering this season, Gray amassed 65 rushing touchdowns for Aledo this year and finished second all-time in points scored for a career (1,232), just 14 points shy of Hart. He finished his career with a yardage total that resembles the tally of a storied NFL career, with 10,908 yards on the ground, placing him as the No. 3 rusher in high school football history. With five receiving scores this season, his total of 70 touchdowns left him just one shy of the national single-season record for all-purpose touchdowns, held by T.A. McLendon of Albemarle (N.C.), who scored 71 touchdowns in 2001. Gray extended his state career record of 100-yard rushing games to 51.

You get the idea. The numbers are incredible and indelible, all while winning three straight state titles in the competitive climate of Texas high school football.

"You are always going to look back at these days and wish you could play high school football again," said Gray. "Especially playing in Texas, where football is just amazing and so important to people. Winning three straight championships is just so hard to do, and on top of that to have this honor is just another great blessing."

2011 Mr. Football USA -- RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas)

Last week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA carried the ball 30 times for 241 yards and one memorable and record-setting touchdown in Aledo's championship victory.
Season totals: 346 carries for 3,905 rushing yards and 65 rushing touchdowns, 28 catches for 567 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns; Aledo went 14-2 and ended up No. 45 in the final POWERADE FAB 50 ballot of the season.

The Other Mr. Football USA Finalists

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Season Totals: 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team finished 11-2.
Recap: Green-Beckham established a new national record for receiving yards this season to cap an incredible prep career. Having overcome serious off-field obstacles makes his storied career and the record production that much more impressive. The chase for a commitment continues into the winter for the star wideout, who remains undecided for the next level.

RB Randy "Duke" Johnson, Miami Norland (Miami)
Last week: Johnson, a Miami recruit, led FAB 50 No. 7 Norland to its first state title since 2002 with 266 total yards and five touchdowns in a 38-0 drubbing of Wakulla (Crawfordville, Fla.) in the Class 5A state championship game. The dynamic back compiled more than 700 rushing yards and scored 11 times in the past three playoff wins.
Season totals: 208 carries for 1,957 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, 14 receptions for 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns, three kickoff returns and one punt return for scores; team finished 14-0.
Recap: Johnson may not have the gaudy season totals like some others on this list, as he missed one game to suspension and one other to injury this fall, but there's no doubt he's the most explosive offensive player in Florida and carried Norland to its first state crown in nearly a decade. The proud "U" commit also overcame significant off-field adversity on the road to personal and team success and will keep ACC defenders busy for the next several years.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio)
Season Totals: 382 of 556 for 5,413 yards and 68 touchdowns with 16 interceptions, 241 carries for 1,768 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns; team finished 14-1.
Recap: Mauk, a Missouri recruit, finished his astounding prep career with national career records in passing yards (18,932), touchdown passes (219), completions (1,353), attempts (2,110) and total yards (22,681), all while passing his older brother Ben for several of these distinctions.

ATH Davonte' Neal, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Season Totals: 100 carries for 1,317 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, 62 receptions for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns, three kickoff returns for touchdowns and two punt return scores, recorded 31 tackles on defense; team finished 14-1 and is No. 22 in the FAB 50.
Recap: A truly dynamic talent with considerable contributions all over the field, there's little Neal can't do on the gridiron. Like Green-Beckham, Neal remains a coveted recruit who has yet to commit to his college of choice.

QB Patrick Towles, Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Season Complete

Season Totals: 181-of-279 for 3,820 yards, 42 touchdowns and one interception, with 589 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns; team finished 15-0 and No. 34 in the FAB 50.
Recap: The 6-foot-6 signal-caller led his team to a dominating season that saw them set state records with 849 points, 121 touchdowns and 7,516 total yards. Highlands won the Class 4A crown while outscoring five playoff victims 263-76. A Kentucky recruit, Towles was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year.

RB Trey Williams, Dekaney (Houston)
Last week: This year marked the first time the Wildcats ever made the state playoffs and Dekaney, fueled by Williams' 197 rushing yards and three touchdowns, upset FAB 50 No. 14 Steele (Cibolo, Texas) 34-14 in the Class 5A Division II state championship game.
Season totals: The Texas A&M commit ran for 3,884 yards and 48 touchdowns on 427 carries, caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for a score. Team finished 14-2 and No. 34 in the FAB 50.
Recap: The state title run proved even more impressive given that Dekaney fielded its first varsity team in 2008. Williams put together one of the best seasons in the history of Texas high school football and would assuredly get more shine if not for the epic accomplishments of his in-state peer Gray.

National POY Watch: Jameis Winston
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSJameis Winston earned Elite 11 co-MVP honors this summer.
QB Jameis Winston, Hueytown (Ala.)
Season Totals: 163-of-234 for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns with two interceptions, 1,063 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, one touchdown reception; team finished 13-1.
Recap: The top QB in the nation and Elite 11 co-MVP is a brilliant athlete with legitimate professional potential in baseball. The versatile and affable Winston will take his talents to Tallahassee and pursue both sports at Florida State.

ESPNHS Mr. Football USA
Players of the Year (All-Time List)


2011 – Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) RB
2010 – Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas) RB (Jr.)
2009 – Dillon Baxter, Mission Bay (San Diego) QB-RB
2008 – Garrett Gilbert, Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) QB
2007 – Jacory Harris, Northwestern (Miami) QB
2006 – Darren Evans, Warren Central (Indianapolis) FB
2005 – Matthew Stafford, Highland Park (Dallas) QB
2004 – Chase Daniel, Carroll (Southlake, Texas) QB
2003 – Jeff Byers, Loveland (Loveland, Colo.) OL-DL
2002 – Chris Leak, Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) QB
2001 – Vince Young, Madison (Houston) QB
2000 – Cedric Benson, Robert E. Lee (Midland, Texas) RB
1999 – D.J. Williams, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) RB-LB
1998 – J.R. House, Nitro (Nitro, W. Va.) QB
1997 – Ronald Curry, Hampton (Va.) QB-RB
1996 – Travis Henry, Frostproof (Fla.) RB
1995 – Tim Couch, Leslie County (Hyden, Ky.) QB
1994 – Chris Redman, Male (Louisville, Ky.) QB
1993 – Peyton Manning, Newman (New Orleans) QB
1992 – James Allen, Wynnewood (Okla.) RB
1991 – Steven Davis, Spartanburg (S.C.) RB
1990 – Derrick Brooks, Washington (Pensacola, Fla.) LB
1989 – Robert Smith, Euclid (Ohio) RB
1988 – Terry Kirby, Tabb (Va.) RB
1987 – Carl Pickens, Murphy (N.C.) WR
1986 – Emmitt Smith, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.) RB
1985 – Jeff George, Warren Central (Indianapolis) QB
1984 – Andre Rison, Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) WR-DB
1983 – Chris Spielman, Washington (Massillon, Ohio) LB
1982 – Rod Woodson, Snider (Fort Wayne, Ind.) WR-DB
1981 – Marcus Dupree, Philadelphia (Miss.) RB
1980 – Bill Fralic, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh) OL
1979 – Herschel Walker, Johnson County (Wrightsville, Ga.) RB
1978 – Eric Dickerson, Sealy (Sealy) RB
1977 – Marcus Allen, Lincoln (San Diego) QB-RB
1976 – Freeman McNeil, Banning (Wilmington, Calif.) RB
1975 – Charles White, San Fernando (San Fernando, Calif.) RB
1974 – Billy Sims, Hooks (Hooks, Texas) RB
1973 – Earl Campbell, John Tyler (Tyler, Texas) RB
1972 – Tony Dorsett, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) RB
1971 – Dave Logan, Wheat Ridge (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) WR
1970 – Pat Haden, Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) QB

Brian Stumpf, Mark Tennis and Doug Huff of ESPNHS and Randy Jennings of ESPN Dallas contributed to this article.

All-time points and touchdowns leaders

December, 17, 2011
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Johnathan GrayTravis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comAledo's (Texas) Johnathan Gray set the all-time national record for touchdowns.
All-time points and touchdowns leaders (non-QBs, as of Dec. 17, 2011)

Continuing on his storied senior campaign, Texas-bound tailback Johnathan Gray of Aledo (Texas) broke the all-time national touchdown record on Saturday in the Class 4A Division II championship game versus Manvel (Texas). Gray surpassed former Michigan standout Mike Hart on the list with his 205th career score.

Career Touchdowns

205 — Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas), 2008-2011
204 — Mike Hart, Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.), 2000-03
178 — T.A. McLendon, Albermarle (Albermarle, N.C.), 1999-2001
160 — Terrance Wilkes, Wadley (Wadley, Ala.), 2003-06
159 — Kevin Parks, West Rowan (Mt. Ulla, N.C.), 2006-09
151 — Kevin Grady Jr., East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 2001-04
146 — Traylon Shead, Cayuga (Cayuga, Texas), 2006-09
143 — Tyler Tonderum, Armstrong-Ringsted (Armstrong, Iowa), 2006-09
141 — Brett Law, Sheridan (Sheridan, Ind.), 1986-89
138 — Demetrius (Mac) Campbell, Alexandria (Alexandria, Ala.), 1994-97

Career Points

1,246 — Mike Hart, Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.), 2000-2011
1,232 — Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas), 2008-active
1,076 — T.A. McLendon, Albemarle (Albemarle, N.C.), 1999-2001
960 — Terrance Wilkes, Wadley (Wadley, Ala.), 2003-06
954 — Kevin Parks, West Rowan (Mt. Ulla, N.C.), 2006-09
952 — Brett Law, Sheridan (Sheridan, Ind.), 1986-89
924 — Kevin Grady Jr., East Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 2001-04
899 — Ken Hall, Sugar Land (Sugar Land, Texas), 1950-53
890 — Traylon Shead, Cayuga (Cayuga, Texas), 2006-09
890 — Hubert Bobo, Chauncey-Dover (Chauncey, Ohio), 1949-52

Player notes: After setting his national records in 2003, Hart became the leading rusher in the history of the program at the University of Michigan. He also played in the Super Bowl in 2010 for the Indianapolis Colts, but has switched to coaching for the 2011 season at the Eastern Michigan.

Mr. Football USA Week 16 Tracker

December, 13, 2011
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Johnathan GrayTravis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comJohnathan Gray of Aledo (Texas) is the first-ever two-time Mr. Football USA.

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.

This week's edition marks the final installment of the regular season, with the winner of the annual honor to be announced next week. Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA.

THE FAVORITES

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas)
Last week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA tied Mike Hart's all-time national career touchdown record of 204 with five scores in Aledo's 68-28 destruction of Corsicana (Corsicana, Texas) in a Class 4A Division II semifinal. Gray ran 22 times for 218 yards and also caught one pass for 36 yards in the win.
Season totals: 317 carries for 3,653 rushing yards and 64 rushing touchdowns, 23 catches for 494 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns; Aledo is 13-2.
Stock – Up: Just one more trip into the end zone in this Saturday's state title game versus Manvel (Manvel, Texas) will make Gray the all-time leading touchdown scorer in high school football history. In last year's state title victory over La Marque (La Marque, Texas), Gray scored eight times, setting a new high for Texas title games.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team finished 11-2.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 382 of 556 for 5,413 yards and 68 touchdowns with 16 interceptions, 241 carries for 1,768 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns; team finished 14-1.

ON THE RADAR

ATH Davonte Neal, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 100 carries for 1,317 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, 62 receptions for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns, three kickoff returns for touchdowns and two punt return scores, recorded 31 tackles on defense; team finished 14-1 and is No. 22 in the FAB 50.

QB Patrick Towles, Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 181 of 279 for 3,820 yards, 42 touchdowns and one interception, with 589 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns; team finished 15-0 and No. 34 in the FAB 50.

RB Trey Williams, Dekaney (Houston)
Last week: Williams' remarkable playoff run continued Saturday, as he scorched Timberview (Mansfield, Texas) for 281 yards and six touchdowns on 31 carries as Dekaney cruised to a spot in the 5A Division II state final with a 56-19 rout.
Season totals: 402 carries for 3,687 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns with two receiving touchdowns and a kickoff return score; team is 13-2.
Stock – Up: The Texas A&M commit has led Dekaney, a school that had never won a playoff game before this current run, to a berth in the state championship. Dekaney takes on FAB 50 No. 14 Steele (Cibolo, Texas) on Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.

QB Jameis Winston, Hueytown (Ala.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 163 of 234 for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns with two interceptions, 1,063 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, one touchdown reception; team finished 13-1.

MOVING ONTO THE TRACKER

RB Randy "Duke" Johnson, Miami Norland (Miami, Fla.)
Last week:
Johnson, a Miami recruit, led FAB 50 No. 8 Norland back from a 20-0 deficit to top Palmetto (Palmetto, Fla.) 35-27 in the Class 5A state semis, rushing 27 times for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He's compiled over 600 yards and six scores in the past two playoff games.
Season totals: 187 carries for 1,957 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns, 11 receptions for 178 receiving yards and three touchdowns, two kickoff returns and one punt return score; team is 13-0.
Stock – Up: Johnson may not have the gaudy season totals like some others on this list, as he's missed one game to suspension and one other to injury this fall, but there's no doubt he's the most explosive offensive player in Florida and has carried Norland through the playoffs and into the state final. The Vikings take on Wakulla (Crawfordville, Fla.) on Friday afternoon in the title game.

Disagree with this list or have suggestions/comments about who should be added for consideration? Email Brian Stumpf at brian.stumpf@espn.com, hit him up on Twitter - @BrianStumpfESPN or post in the comments section below.

Mr. Football USA Week 15 Tracker

December, 6, 2011
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Johnathan GrayTravis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comAledo (Texas) running back Johnathan Gray is the first two-time Mr. Football USA in the long history of the honor.

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 and examine some of the new names who are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Texas)
Last week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA carried 18 times for 195 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run on his first carry, as Aledo avenged an earlier 48-47 loss to Stephenville (Texas) by whipping the Yellow Jackets 33-0. Gray was ejected in the third quarter, however, as he uncharacteristically drew two unsportsmanlike penalties.
Season totals: 295 carries for 3,435 yards and 59 rushing touchdowns, 22 catches for 458 yards and five receiving touchdowns; Aledo is 12-2.
Stock – Same: Gray is now five touchdowns and 50 points behind the all-time high school leader in these two categories, former Michigan RB Mike Hart, who prepped at Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). It was surprising that Gray drew the unsportsmanlike penalties last week, but probably speaks more to how keyed-up Aledo was to get another shot at a Stephenville team that had stunned them earlier in the year.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team finished 11-2.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Ohio)
Last week: Mauk is the national all-time high school leader in passing yards and touchdowns, but his career came to a bitter end Saturday as Mauk was once again denied an ever-elusive state title. Norwayne (Creston, Ohio) topped Kenton 48-42. Mauk went down with guns blazing, completing 27-of-50 passes for 421 yards, with five touchdowns and three interceptions, while also rushing 22 times for 50 yards and a score.
Season Totals: 382-of-556 for 5,413 yards and 68 touchdowns with 16 interceptions, 241 carries for 1,768 yards and 23 touchdowns; team finished 14-1.
Stock – Slightly Down: Mauk passed for more yards and touchdowns than any quarterback in high school history, but his chances for this award hinged more on those big numbers accounting for a championship, and unfortunately Kenton came up one game short.

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Mr. Football USA Week 14 Tracker

November, 29, 2011
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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

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA carried 20 times for 303 yards and three touchdowns as Aledo routed Canyon Randall (Amarillo, Texas) 42-14 in a Class 4A playoff game.
Season totals: 278 carries for 3,252 yards and 59 touchdowns rushing, 22 catches for 472 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 11-2.
Stock – Up: Gray is now six touchdowns and 56 points behind the all-time high school leader in these two categories, former Michigan RB Mike Hart, who prepped at Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). Gray and Aledo get a chance to avenge one of their two regular season losses this week versus Stephenville (Stephenville, Texas) in a 4A quarterfinal on Saturday.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team finished 11-2.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio)
This week: The national all-time high school leader in passing yards and touchdowns completed 26-of-39 passes for 408 yards with four touchdowns and an interception while also rushing for 54 yards and a score in a 36-6 win over Clinton-Massie (Clarksville, Ohio).
Season Totals: 355 of 506 for 4,992 yards and 63 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, 219 carries for 1,718 yards and 23 touchdowns; team is 14-0
Stock – Slightly Up: Mauk and Kenton now face Norwayne (Creston, Ohio) in the Division IV state title game this Saturday and the Missouri commit has the chance to turn all of his statistical achievement into a championship, which would be a tremendous finish to his brilliant career.

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Mr. Football USA Week 13 Tracker

November, 22, 2011
11/22/11
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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
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA carried 34 times for 321 yards and five touchdowns as Aledo routed Mansfield Summit (Mansfield, Texas) 59-23 in a Class 4A playoff game.
Season totals: 258 carries for 2,949 yards and 56 touchdowns rushing, 21 catches for 457 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 10-2
Stock – Up: Gray is now 9 touchdowns and 74 points behind the all-time high school leaders in those two categories, former Michigan RB Mike Hart, who prepped at Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). In addition he became the third Texas player to top 10,000 career rushing yards in the win over Mansfield Summit. Aledo continues its postseason Friday with Canyon Randall (Amarillo, Texas).

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
Season Complete
Season Totals: 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team finished 11-2.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio)
This week: The national all-time high school leader in passing yards and touchdowns completed 13-of-20 passes for 97 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions while also rushing 18 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow 30-28 win over defending Division IV state champion Bishop Hartley (Columbus, Ohio).
Season Totals: 329-of-467 for 4,584 yards and 59 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, 208 carries for 1,664 yards and 22 touchdowns; team is 13-0
Stock – Same: Mauk was held under 300 yards passing for a second-straight week but was still able to lead his team to the win by using his legs. Kenton next faces Norwayne (Creston, Ohio) in a Division IV state semifinal.

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Mr. Football USA Week 12 Tracker

November, 15, 2011
11/15/11
11:49
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Kelvin TaylorTom Hauck/ESPNHSGlades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) junior Kelvin Taylor broke Emmitt's Smith career state rushing record Friday with a 388-yard, six-touchdown performance.

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
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA carried 27 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns while also totaling 39 yards on three receptions as Aledo routed Dunbar (Fort Worth, Texas) 59-10 in a Class 4A playoff game.
Season totals: 224 carries for 2,628 yards and 51 touchdowns rushing, 21 catches for 457 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 9-2
Stock – Same: Gray is now 14 touchdowns and 104 points behind the all-time high school leaders in those two categories, former Michigan RB Mike Hart, who prepped at Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). Aledo continues its postseason Thursday with Mansfield Summit (Arlington, Texas).

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his high school career come to a shocking end on Friday, as he caught seven passes for 57 yards in a 49-0 loss to Webb City (Webb City, Mo.).
Season Totals: 119 catches for 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team finished 11-2
Stock – Slightly Down: Green-Beckham was held in check as Hillcrest was pounded in a Class 4 state quarterfinal. His individual numbers on the season remain staggering, however.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio)
This week: With the passing game relatively shutdown (Mauk completed 15-of-27 passes for 239 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions), the senior Missouri-recruit took to the ground Friday night, rushing 26 times for 211 yards and three scores in a 32-22 win over Genoa Area (Genoa, Ohio).
Season Totals: 316-of-447 for 4,487 yards and 58 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, 190 carries for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns; team is 12-0
Stock – Same: Mauk, high school football's all-time career passing leader, showed the ability to win games with his legs as well on Friday. The win sets up a showdown with defending Division IV state champion Bishop Hartley (Columbus, Ohio) in a state quarterfinal this week.

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Mr. Football USA Week 11 Tracker

November, 8, 2011
11/08/11
11:50
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Maty Mauk of Kenton (Ohio) holds two national passing records.Danny Vega/ESPNHSMaty Mauk of Kenton (Ohio) holds two national passing records.

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
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The nation's top-rated running back and 2010 ESPNHS Mr. Football USA carried 16 times for 189 yards and four touchdowns while also totaling 72 yards on two receptions in Aledo's 59-14 rout of Brewer (Fort Worth, Texas).
Season totals: 197 carries for 2,430 yards and 48 touchdowns rushing, 18 catches for 418 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 8-2
Stock – Same: Gray is now 17 touchdowns and 122 points behind the all-time high school leaders in those two categories, former Michigan RB Mike Hart, who prepped at Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). Aledo opens its postseason Thursday with Dunbar (Fort Worth, Texas) on Thursday, hoping for a third straight state title.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his lowest yardage-total of the year Friday night, catching six passes for just 63 yards but two scores, also rushing for 22 yards as Hillcrest won its first round playoff encounter with St. Clair (St. Clair, Mo.) 42-14.
Season Totals: 104 catches for 2,049 yards and 23 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team is 10-1
Stock – Same: Green-Beckham has reached two pretty lofty landmark this fall with 100+ catches and now 2,000+ receiving yards.

QB Maty Mauk, Kenton (Kenton, Ohio)
This week: Mauk had perhaps the greatest game in his illustrious career Friday, completing 27-of-29 passes for 504 yards and a state-record nine touchdowns, while also rushing for 85 yards in a 74-22 destruction of Wellington (Wellington, Ohio) in a Division IV opening round playoff game.
Season Totals: 301-of-420 for 4,248 yards and 57 touchdowns with eight interceptions, 164 carries for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns; team is 11-0
Stock – Up: Mauk surpassed his older brother Ben’s national record of 17,364 passing yards on his third completion of the game, and now holds that mark with 17,700 yards and counting. Mauk also holds national records for attempts, completions and touchdown passes.

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Mr. Football USA Week 10 Tracker

November, 1, 2011
11/01/11
6:38
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Mike DavisTom Hauck/ESPNHSFlorida-bound RB Mike Davis of Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had another big game last week, rushing for 246 yards and two scores.
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
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The nation's top-rated running back in the updated ESPNU 150, Gray carried 31 times for 265 yards and seven touchdowns in Aledo's ESPNU-televised 67-42 shootout win over Birdville (North Richland Hills, Texas).
Season totals: 181 carries for 2,241 yards and 44 touchdowns rushing, 16 catches for 346 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 7-2
Stock – Up: Gray’s big night on TV made him the second all-time leading scorer in the history of high school football, passing former N.C. State RB T.A. McLendon. He is now 21 touchdowns and 146 points behind the all-time high school leaders in those two categories, former Michigan RB Mike Hart, who prepped at Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). A deep playoff run including more performances like this past week puts those numbers within striking distance, considering Gray has already scored 48 times through nine games this fall.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his ninth 100-yard game of the year Friday, catching 11 passes for a whopping 303 yards and four touchdowns in Hillcrest's 35-7 win over Republic (Republic, Mo.).
Season Totals: 98 catches for 1,985 yards and 21 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team is 9-1
Stock – Up: Green-Beckham is now the all-time leading receiver in high school football history at 6,110 yards and counting, breaking the previous record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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Texas tailback Johnathan Gray makes history

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
11:16
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Superstar running back Johnathan Gray of Aledo (Texas) needed four touchdowns on Thursday night to move into second place on the all-time lists for career points and touchdowns scored in high school football history, so he went ahead and scored seven, tying his season-high.

Just another night on the gridiron for the record-setting runner who is set to become a Texas Longhorn next year. In the 67-42 win over Birdville (Texas), Gray racked up 258 yards on 31 carries, marking his seventh 200-yard effort of the season and the 44th 100-yard outing of his storied career. His 44th 100-yard game set another career state record.

The top-rated running back by ESPNU and the No. 5 overall player in the ESPNU 150 entered Thursday’s game with 1,052 career points and 176 career touchdowns and increased his totals to 1,100 and 183 to surpass running back T.A. McLendon of Albermarle (N.C.), the former No. 2 all-time in career scoring and touchdowns. Only Mike Hart of Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.) has more points and TDs than Gray over the course of a high school career. Hart’s totals of 1,246 points and 204 touchdowns will be difficult to catch for Gray, even with a deep playoff run.

Rewriting History: Record books under assault

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
10:45
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Maty MaukDany Vega/ESPNHSMaty Mauk of Kenton (Ohio) is looking to pass his brother Ben's national record for most career passing yards.
Each weekend in high school football sees players across the country set school records and personal bests. Every so often special performances and career accomplishments lead to rewrites in league and state record books. But this coming weekend of football has the potential to be special, as four major national milestones could be set.

A player from Missouri and a player committed to the University of Missouri could both be holding new national prep football records by Friday night.

On Thursday night at Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.), senior wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is expected to break the career pass receiving yardage record in the early going of his team’s home game against Republic (Mo.).

Then on Friday, it may take some doing, but it is possible that senior quarterback Maty Mauk of Kenton (Ohio), who committed to Missouri last summer, could surpass the career passing yardage record held by Ben Mauk, his older brother.

Thursday also could be special for those who follow national football records because Texas running back Johnathan Gray in nearing the No. 2 all-time total on the national career scoring list and is likely to tie or surpass the second-highest career total for touchdowns scored by a non-QB. Meanwhile, a Louisiana coach , J.T. Curtis, could become just the second high school coach to win as many as 500 games with a win on Thursday night (all-time coaching wins list).

Career Pass Receiving Yards: Dorial Green-Beckham

It’s been clear since the beginning of the season that the 6-foot-6, 220-pound superstar senior was going to surpass the national record of 5,867 receiving yards set in 1996 by Abram Booty of Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.). Now, he's just 62 yards away from setting the record.

In the first game of the season, Green-Beckham had 18 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He later had a game of 13 catches for 354 yards and three scores. After last week’s 56-6 win against Marshfield (Marshfield, Mo.), his total increased to 5,806. Given his penchant for big plays, it will probably take just one or two more catches on passes from quarterback Matt Futtrell and Booty’s record will fall.

Green-Beckham could also conceivably go past the 6,000-yard mark this week. If he doesn’t, since his 8-1 team is going to be in the state playoffs, he could add to his record total in the coming weeks.

According to ESPNU, Green-Beckham, the No. 3 player in the ESPNU 150, has not announced a list of five final colleges he’s considering, but the University of Missouri is believed to be in the running.

Missouri already has a commitment from Mauk to be its future signal-caller, so there is the possibility that one national record holder could one day be throwing passes to another national record holder.

Career Scoring: Johnathan Gray

The 2010 season winner of the ESPNHS Mr. Football USA honor needs 24 more points to tie T.A. McLendon of Albemarle, N.C. for the No. 2 position on the all-time national career scoring list.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior plays next for his Aledo (Texas) team Thursday on ESPNU against Birdville (Texas). Gray already has broken numerous Texas state records, including those held for decades by Ken Hall of Sugar Land, Texas, who played in the 1950s. Just last week, Gray had the 43rd 100-yard game of his prep career to tie another state record. Recently, the stud tailback, whose father James was one of Texas Tech's most decorated running backs from 1986-89, was recognized as an Under Armour All-American.

After he passes McLendon, it seems unlikely that Gray can top the national record totals of 204 touchdowns and 1,246 points set in 2003 by Mike Hart of Onondaga (Nedrow, N.Y.). But if Gray’s team goes on another deep playoff run –- definitely possible since Aledo (6-2) is a two-time defending state champion –- then his final career totals could soar toward the record. In last year’s Class 4A Division II state final, Gray scored eight touchdowns.

Career Passing Yards: Maty Mauk

It’s understandable if Maty Mauk and his father, Kenton coach Mike Mauk, have little interest in national records this week. Their 9-0 Wildcats must first focus on netting a pivotal road win Friday night against a 9-0 Wapakoneta (Ohio) team.

Still, if Maty throws for 443 yards in the game, he’ll break the national career record of 17,364 passing yards set in 2002 by his older brother Ben, who went on to play quarterback at the University of Cincinnati. Mauk has thrown for 443 yards or more in three games so far this season, with a high of 497 on two separate occasions. He enters this week’s game with 3,403 yards and 43 touchdowns for the season.

Players like Mauk on such successful teams often have to leave blowout games early, which can limit record-breaking attempts. Since this week’s game presents a formidable foe, he figures to play longer and therefore may post higher numbers.

Earlier this season, Mauk already topped the national career touchdown pass record of 185 set in 2002 by former University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak when he played at Independence (Charlotte, N.C.). With six more scoring tosses this season, Mauk will extend his record number of touchdowns to an even 200.

Coaching Wins: J.T. Curtis and the 500 club

J.T. Curtis has come a long way in the coaching fraternity since 1969, his first season at the helm of John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La.

The Patriots went 0-10 that first season of what would become the second-winningest coaching career in high school football history. Curtis hasn't had a losing season in the 41 years since that winless fall of '69, and on Thursday night he could reach the 500-victory career milestone as John Curtis (7-0) plays Clark (New Orleans, La.) at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie, La.

If successful on Thursday, Curtis will join John McKissick of Summerville (Summerville, S.C.) as the only coaches at any level -- high school, college or professional -- with 500 victories. McKissick, 85, has amassed a record 592 victories since 1952.

Curtis, with a record of 499-54-6 at the school founded in 1962 by his father, the Rev. John Curtis Sr., has guided the Patriots to 23 state championships in 30 trips to the finals and reached the state title game the past 16 seasons in three different classes. Curtis, who will be 65 on Dec. 6, also has coached the Patriots baseball team to six state crowns.

While Curtis goes for his 500th win Thursday night, another coach is still celebrating his 400th victory captured last Friday. Michigan's all-time winningest coach, Al Fracassa, guided Brother Rice (Birmingham, Mich.) to a 38-2 win over Chandler Park Academy (Harper Woods, Mich.) for No. 400 in his team’s regular-season finale. He became the 11th coach nationally to reach 400 wins.

Mark Tennis is the deputy editor of ESPNHS. Doug Huff is a senior editor of ESPNHS and is the founder of the National High School Federation record book.

Mr. Football USA Week 9 Tracker

October, 25, 2011
10/25/11
3:36
PM ET
Dorial Green-BeckhamJohn Fedele/ESPNHSHillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) WR Dorial Green-Beckham needs just 62 yards this week to eclipse the national record for career receiving yards.
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
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The new No. 1 rated running back in the updated ESPNU 150, Gray 20 times for 160 yards and four touchdowns while also catching three passes for 128 yards and another score in Aledo's 49-3 win over Azle (Azle, Texas).
Season totals: 148 carries for 1,964 yards and 37 touchdowns rushing, 16 catches for 346 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 6-2
Stock – Same: Gray’s continues to accumulate single-season and career stats that jump off the page. He now has scored 1,058 career points, placing him No. 3 all-time nationally and just 18 points (three touchdowns) behind No. 2 on the list, former NC State running back T.A. McLendon. He also tied the all-time Texas state mark with his 43rd career 100-yard rushing game.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his eighth 100-yard game of the year Friday, catching nine passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a 27-yard reverse in Hillcrest's 56-6 rout of Marshfield (Marshfield, Mo.).
Season Totals: 87 catches for 1,682 yards and 17 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team is 8-1
Stock – Slightly Up: Green-Beckham is now up to 5,806 career receiving yards and is just 62 yards away from breaking the national career receiving yardage record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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Mr. Football USA Week 8 Tracker

October, 18, 2011
10/18/11
11:58
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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
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Gray ran for six touchdowns (4, 1, 40, 70, 15 and 47 yards) and 243 yards on just 14 carries as Aledo thrashed Boswell (Fort Worth, Texas) 73-30 on Friday night.
Season totals: 128 carries for 1,804 yards and 33 touchdowns rushing, 13 catches for 218 yards and three scores receiving; Aledo is 5-2
Stock – Slightly Up: Gray’s continues to accumulate single-season and career stats that jump off the page. He now has scored 1,028 career points, placing him No. 3 all-time nationally and just 48 points (eight touchdowns) behind No. 2 on the list, former NC State running back T.A. McLendon.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his seventh 100-yard game of the year Friday, catching five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Hillcrest's 49-0 rout of West Plains (West Plains, Mo.).
Season Totals: 78 catches for 1,493 yards and 15 touchdowns; team is 7-1
Stock – Same: Green-Beckham is now up to 5,617 career receiving yards and is just 191 yards away from breaking the national career receiving yardage record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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