High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Garrett Gilbert
October, 25, 2011
By Chad Konecky | ESPN.com
Susan GoldmanThe 2010-11 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year, Justin Worley will start as a true freshman for the University of Tennessee against No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday.University of Tennessee freshman quarterback Justin Worley reckoned he wouldn't play a meaningful down this fall following an epic season as a high school senior in which he won 2010-11 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year honors. He was wrong.
Worley will start for the host Volunteers this Saturday night against No. 13 South Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal-caller was told he was the Vols’ new starter on Sunday; the school announced the decision on Monday.
Worley, elevated due to sophomore No. 1 Tyler Bray's thumb injury and senior backup Matt Simms' ineffectiveness, turns 19 next month.
He becomes the third straight Gatorade National POY at the quarterback position to see meaningful action as a freshman. USC starter Matt Barkley, Gatorade's 2007-08 National POY as a high school junior, has started for the Trojans since the first game of the 2009 season. As a freshman at Texas, 2008-09 National POY Garrett Gilbert acquitted himself admirably in replacing the injured Colt McCoy against Alabama's No. 1 defense in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
Worley passed for 5,315 yards and 64 touchdowns as a senior at Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), completing 73 percent of 590 attempts. He led the Trojans to a 15-0 record and the Class 4A-II state title.
October, 24, 2011
By Chad Konecky | ESPN.com
John Fedele/ESPNHSReturning Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham is 62 yards shy of the national prep career receiving yards mark.Dorial Green-Beckham, one of only eight underclassmen nationwide to win Gatorade State Football Player of the Year honors last fall, is poised to become yet another Gatorade Player of the Year alumnus atop the national record books.
The Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) senior enters this Thursday night's regular-season finale against visiting Republic just 62 yards shy of the national career receiving yards mark of 5,867.
The current record was set by former Shreveport Evangel (Shreveport, La.) standout Abram Booty from 1993-96. Green-Beckham moved into second place in career receiving yards on October 7, when he passed current Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green.
Should he break the career yards standard this week, Green-Beckham will form a POY bookend of sorts with former Kenton quarterback Ben Mauk, who won the 2002-03 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year Award and finished with 17,364 career passing yards -- No. 1 in high school history.