Commentary

Players on the verge of records

Updated: October 10, 2009, 4:34 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Each week, ESPNRISE.com senior editor Doug Huff takes a look at high school football players who may be about to surpass significant state or national records. (Based on games through Oct. 6):

Michael Dyer
Position:
Running back
School: Little Rock Christian (Little Rock, Ark.)
What: Needs 529 yards to become the state's career rushing leader
Record: 7,122 yards, set from 1996-98 by Vernon Hicks of Elaine
Notable: Dyer rushed 24 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns last week in 34-19 win over Robinson of Pulaski. Earlier, he had 340 yards against Morrilton. The four-year regular was the EA SPORTS National Sophomore of the Year in 2007.

Dylan Favre
Position:
Quarterback
School: St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Miss.)
What: Broke Mississippi records for career passing yards and touchdown passes by completing 40 of 48 passes for 506 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Greene County of Leakesville last week. He has 9,419 career yards and 108 career touchdown passes with four regular season games remaining.
Previous Record: 9,309 yards and 104 touchdown passes, set from 1988-91 by Clifton Davis III of North Panola (Sardis, Miss.)
Notable: The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Favre is the nephew of Minnesota Vikings' QB Brett Favre.

Channing Fugate
Position:
Running Back
School: Breathitt County (Jackson, Ky.)
What: Has an outside chance to become the state's career rushing leader after entering the season 3,176 yards short of the standard.
Record: 8,224 yards, set from 1993-96 by Derek Homer of Fort Knox.
Notable: The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Tennessee recruit needs a strong finish (and extended playoff games) after rushing for 635 yards in his first five games this season. He rushed for 3,052 yards as a junior,

Phillip Sims
Position:
Quarterback
School: Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
What: He has a chance to break the state's career passing record in the next two weeks. He has 1,150 yards in five games this season and needs only 326 more to set a new mark.
Record: 9,152 yards, set from 2006-08 by Adam Morgan of Dinwiddie.
Notable: The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior is a University of Alabama recruit and leads the No. 9 team in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national rankings.

Kip Smith
Position:
Kicker
School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
What: The 24-year-old national field goal distance record might be jeopardy this year. Smith opened eyes when he booted a 67-yarder against Mountain Range High to open the season.
Record: 68 yards, set in 1985 by Dirk Borgonone of Reno, Nev.
Notable: Smith's 67-yarder bettered the state mark of 64 yards set in 2001. The University of Minnesota recruit has also kicked field goals of 52 and 51 yards this season.

Scotty Young
Position:
Quarterback
School: Ryan (Denton, Texas)
What: With 27 touchdown passes in five games, Young is off to a good start to break the state standard for TD passes in a season.
Record: 67, set in 2003 by Graham Harrell of Ennis.
Notable: The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior passed for a state-best 65 touchdowns as a first year starter in 2008. He's bound for Texas Tech.

Doug Huff covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. He is considered the founder of the National Federation of State High School Association's National High School Record Book.