Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Former POYs among Heisman candidates
By Ben Rohrbach
Former Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year Kellen Moore is a Heisman Trophy candidate for Boise State University this season.
Of the nine players on ESPN's Heisman Watch, two are former Gatorade State Football Players of the Year: Boise State University quarterback Kellen Moore and University of Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.
Moore captured 2006-07 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year honors as a senior at Prosser High, throwing for 4,157 yards and a state record 67 touchdowns against just five interceptions.
Jones earned 2007-08 Gatorade New Mexico Football Player of the Year honors as a senior at Artesia High, throwing for 3,850 yards and 44 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to a second consecutive Class 4A state championship.
Two more Heisman trophy candidates -- Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck and Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin III -- both finished behind Riley Dodge for 2007-08 Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year honors. Dodge threw for 3,445 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior at Southlake Carroll High. He began his college career under the tutelage of his father at the University of North Texas but has since transferred to McNeese State University, where he will play in 2012.
As for the remaining five Heisman candidates ...
Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles finished behind former University of Tennessee star and NFL free agent Gerald Jones in the 2006-07 Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year race.
University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson finished behind injured Florida State University star Jacobbi McDaniel in the 2008-09 Gatorade Florida Football Player of the Year race.
Louisiana State University running back Tyrann Mathieu finished behind freshman LSU teammate Kenny Hilliard in the 2009-10 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year race.
Clemson University wide receiver Sammy Watkins finished behind University of Florida freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel in the 2009-10 Gatorade Florida Football Player of the Year race. Driskel has filled in for injured former Gatorade National Football Player of the Year John Brantley as the Gators starting QB.
University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson finished behind Baltimore Ravens rookie backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the 2006-07 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year race.