High-SchoolFootball: T.J. Yeldon

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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Mr. Football USA Week 9 Tracker

October, 25, 2011
10/25/11
3:36
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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 7 Tracker

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
11:37
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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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Inside the FAB 50: Coaching Legends

September, 27, 2011
9/27/11
5:41
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To attain the status of being a legendary coach in high school school football, the milestone that often seems to get someone over the top is 200 career victories.

Among the teams in this week’s POWERADE FAB 50, nine of them are coached by men with 200 wins or more. Four of the nine also have passed the 300-win milestone. They are Bob Milloy of No. 8 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.); John Herrington of No. 11 Harrison (Farmington Hills, Mich.); Bob Ladouceur of No. 25 De La Salle (Concord, Calif.); and Tony Severino of No. 34 Rockhurst (Kansas City).

Greg Toal, the coach of No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), is among those with at least 200 career triumphs. The others are Steve Lineweaver of No. 8 Euless Trinity (Euless, Texas); Bob Johnson of No. 31 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.); Joe Kinnan of No. 37 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.); and Harry Welch of No. 49 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

Several of these coaches faced off earlier this season with Toal’s club beating Bob Johnson’s while Milloy’s boys posted a double-overtime win over Kinnan’s team.

On Thursday, Welch’s team at Santa Margarita will take on Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.), which is coached by John Barnes, who may get to 300 wins next season and who just moved into the top five on the all-time California list that is led by Ladoucuer (373 victories).

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Mr. Football USA Week 4 Tracker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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