High-SchoolFootball: Rushel Shell

Mr. Football USA Week 13 Tracker

November, 22, 2011
11/22/11
5:27
PM ET

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
AM ET
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
AM ET
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
PM ET
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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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
AM ET
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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Mr. Football USA Week 7 Tracker

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
11:37
AM ET
Dorial Green-BeckhamJohn Fedele/ESPNHSDorial Green-Beckham reeled in 13 passes for a season-high 354 yards and three touchdowns Friday night.
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 tallied five more touchdowns Friday night, rushing 21 times for 197 yards and three scores while also catching three passes for 67 yards and two TDs in Aledo's 50-7 victory over Byron Nelson (Fort Worth, Texas).
Season totals: 114 carries for 1,561 yards and 27 touchdowns rushing, 13 catches for 218 yards and three scores receiving; Aledo is 4-2
Stock – Slightly Up: Gray’s continues to accumulate single-season and career stats that jump off the page. He now has 8,567 yards and 165 career touchdowns.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU shredded the Rolla (Rolla, Mo.) secondary Friday night to the tune of 13 receptions for a season-high 354 yards and three touchdowns as Hillcrest improved to 6-1 with a 40-19 victory.
Season Totals: 73 catches for 1,377 yards and 13 touchdowns; team is 6-1
Stock – Up: Green-Beckham is now up to 5,501 career receiving yards and is just 307 yards away from breaking the national career receiving yardage record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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Get Familiar: Rushel Shell

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
10:14
AM ET
Rushel ShellDanny Vega/ESPNHSHopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) running back Rushel Shell will play on ESPNU Friday night

Hopewell (Aliquippa) senior Rushel Shell needed just three years, three games and two-and-a-half quarters to break the record for career rushing yards in Western Pennsylvania.

In a game against Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh, Pa.) on Sept. 24 with former Hopewell legend and NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett and former record holder Mike Vernillo of Fort Cherry (McDonald, Pa.) both on hand, Shell broke Vernillo’s mark of 7,646 yards with a touchdown scamper in the third quarter. He later scored the winning touchdown en route to a 205-yard, three-TD performance.

Shell, the nation’s No. 24 recruit in the ESPNU 150, has been arguably the state’s top player for the last three seasons. Along the way he’s become one of the most sought after college recruits in state history, and he plans to make his college decision on Friday prior to his team’s contest against Central Valley (Monaca, Pa.) on ESPNU.

But there’s more to this stellar athlete than rushing yards and college decisions. Along the way to the record, he’s once again made Hopewell one of the state’s top teams. Shell didn’t play last week, but he says he’s ready for the nationally televised game. So what can you expect to see from the nation’s No. 3 running back?

It’s time to Get Familiar with Rushel Shell.

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Get Familiar: Robert Foster

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
10:02
AM ET
Robert Foster can do just about everything on the football field for Central Valley (Monaca, Pa.). He plays offense. He plays defense. He returns kicks. He even punts.

And there’s a reason why his coach puts him in so many situations. Whenever he’s involved, good things tend to happen.

Even with the punting.

Last year in a game against New Castle (New Castle, Pa.), Foster was punting from deep in his own end. The snap went over his head and bounced through the end zone. But Foster managed to stop the ball just inches from the back of the end zone. With his heels nearly touching the end line, Foster picked up the ball, surveyed the field in front of him, and then he took off. He returned the ball to the 40-yard line, giving his team a first down.

Now a junior, Foster is projected to be one of the nation’s top players next season. He’s already earned scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State and Virginia, and Notre Dame is reported to be in the mix as well.

You’ll get to see Foster in action when Central Valley takes on Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) on Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. So what should you expect to see from this do-everything stud?

It’s time to Get Familiar with Robert Foster.

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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
PM ET
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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ESPNHS Players of the Week

September, 22, 2011
9/22/11
2:00
PM ET
(After games of Sept. 15-17)

One standout performer 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

Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)

With an ideal name for a standout running back, Shell has been running all over fields in Western Pennsylvania for years now. This past week’s epic outing in a 56-28 drubbing of Moon Area (Moon Township, Pa.) saw him rush for 366 yards and score six touchdowns. His streak of consecutive games with 100 yards on the ground is now at 32, and he needs just 135 yards to top the all-time WPIAL rushing record. Shell added 101 yards receiving in the monster outing and had scoring runs of 59, 39, 68 and 46 yards in the second half.

SOUTHEAST

Caleb Upton, Cathedral (Natchez, Miss.)
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior quarterback led his team back from a 33-14 deficit with 11:50 left to play in 36-33 defeat OF Stringer (Stringer, Miss.). The rally pushed the team’s record to 4-0. Upton ended with 532 passing yards and five scores, including three touchdown tosses of 7, 45 and 56 yards in the come-from-behind fourth quarter rally. Upton, also an all-state baseball catcher, is not a one-game wonder. As a junior, he passed for 471 yards and six touchdowns in a game.

MIDWEST

Blake Gimbel, Marshalltown (Marshalltown, Iowa)
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound junior quarterback broke an Iowa state record by passing for 562 yards in a 63-41 shootout victory over Sioux City East (Sioux City, Iowa). He connected on 42 of 62 passes with five touchdown tosses to five different receivers. The 42 completions was one short of the state mark of 43. The yardage mark bettered the previous state record of 542 set in 2007 by D.J. Freesmeier of Central Lee (Donnellson, Iowa). Gimbel opened the season with 405 passing yards vs. Roosevelt (Sioux City, Iowa). He has now passed for 1,922 yards in five games and could threaten the state single season mark of 3,729 yards set in 2007 by current University of Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg of Keokuk (Keokuk, Iowa).

SOUTHWEST

Mike McHugh, Kirkwood (Kirkwood, Mo.)
The 6-2, 185-pound senior who plays wide receiver and defensive back shined on both sides of the ball to lead Kirkwood past Hazelwood Central (Florrisant, Mo.) 47-0. On offense, McHugh caught four passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns, including one scoring play of 93 yards. On defense, he sparked the shutout by picking off a pass and running it back 98 yards for another touchdown. McHugh, who has committed to Northwestern, has led Kirkwood to a 3-0 record and a top five ranking in the St. Louis Post-Distpatch large schools poll.

WEST

Steven Long, Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
It was a statement win for Long and his team as the Lakers outlasted Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) 54-46. Facing a team that has been a perennial power in the Northwest, Long dialed in long scoring runs of 73 and 75 yards as part of a seven-touchdown night. Three other touchdowns were from at least 30 yards out. When the dust settled, Skyline quarterback Max Browne had set a new school record with 459 passing yards, but Long had almost as many on the ground with 28 carries for 424 yards. Long rushed for 1,156 yards and 19 touchdowns last season at Sherwood (Sherwood, Ore.) and transferred to Lake Oswego for this season. The win propelled the Lakers into this week’s ESPNHS West Region Top 20 rankings.

Mr. Football USA Week 4 Tracker

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
2:50
PM ET
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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Mr. Football USA Week 2 Tracker

September, 7, 2011
9/07/11
3:01
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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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