High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Peyton Manning
October, 28, 2011
By Ben Rohrbach | ESPN.com
Kevin C. Cox/GettyImagesWill Justin Worley follow in the footsteps of a guy by the name of Peyton Manning? Both Tennessee QBs also captured Gatorade National Football Player of the Year honors as high school seniors.Earlier this week, we covered the rise from third-string quarterback to Saturday's starter for University of Tennessee freshman Justin Worley, the 2010-11 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.
Now, we ask the question: Could Worley follow in the footsteps of another former Volunteer and National POY, 1992-93 honoree Peyton Manning?
As a Tennessee freshman, Manning also started the season as the third-string QB, but injuries to starter Jerry Colquitt and backup Todd Helton three weeks apart forced him to take over. (Interesting side note: Helton, the current Colorado Rockies first baseman, captured Gatorade 1991-92 Tennessee Player of the Year honors in both baseball and football as a senior at Central High in Knoxville).
In Manning's first start under center, he led the Vols to a 10-9 victory against Washington State and nearly ran the table during a season that ended with a 45-23 win over Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.
What will Worley do in his debut against No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday night?