POY Watch: Thomson’s Jordan, Alpharetta’s Dobbs move into top 10

A running back who rushed for more than 200 yards in a game between unbeaten teams last week and the state’s leading passer are in the GHSF Daily/Atlanta Journal-Constitution Player of the Year Watch this week.

Chris Jordan of Thomson and Joshua Dobbs of Alpharetta replace West Forsyth quarterback A.J. Erdely and Camden County halfback/cornerback J.J. Green.

Jordan has rushed for 1,685 yards for a 9-0 team that has played the toughest schedule in Class AAA. Dobbs has passed for a Georgia-best 2,618 yards after a 432-yard, five-touchdown performance last week against Lambert.

1. RB Tyren Jones, Walton: Jones rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries in a 27-7 victory over Milton. Jones, who has committed to Alabama, has rushed for 1,675 yards and 16 touchdowns on 262 carries (6.4 ypc) on the season. Jones leads the highest classification in rushing and is third in the state. Walton is 6-2 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.

2. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson did not play last week. For the season, Watson is 149-of-211 passing (71 percent) for 2,118 yards and 29 touchdowns with seven interceptions, none in region play. Watson has rushed for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns on 114 carries (6.4 ypc). Watson, a junior, has committed to Clemson. Gainesville is 7-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA.

3. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 395 yards and six touchdowns on 45 carries in a 49-35 victory over Cass. Chubb, a junior, leads the state in rushing with 2,372 yards on 264 carries (8.9 ypc). He has scored 35 touchdowns. Chubb is on pace to break the state record for rushing yards in a season, held by Daccus Turman of Washington-Wilkes (3,172), in the third quarter of the 11th game, but his team must win out in the regular season and get some help to make the playoffs. Cedartown is 5-3 and unranked in Class AAAA.

4. QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Printz was 24-of-40 passing for four touchdowns and 259 yards in a 37-23 victory over Wheeler. On the season, Printz is 152-for-241 passing for 2,096 yards. Printz has 7,888 passing yards for his career, which ranks eighth all-time in Georgia. Lassiter is 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.

5. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb threw five touchdown passes and was 19-of-32 passing for 296 yards in a 53-0 victory over Armuchee. For the season, Lamb is 169-of-253 passing for 2,029 yards and 22 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 217 yards on 37 carries and scored six touchdowns. Lamb has committed to South Alabama. Calhoun is 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

6. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green did not play last week. For the season, Green, a junior, has rushed for 1,189 yards and 20 touchdowns on 118 carries (10.0 ypc) and completed 55 of 86 passes (64 percent) for 817 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception. Burke County is 7-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.

7. RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross: Kamara rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-3 victory over Peachtree Ridge that clinched the Region 7-AAAAAA title for the Blue Devils. For the season, Kamara has rushed for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns on 162 carries (7.8 ypc) and has 11 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Kamara, ranked the No. 1 running back in Georgia and No. 5 back in the nation by ESPN, has not made his college choice. Norcross is 9-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA.

8. RB Chris Jordan, Thomson: Jordan rushed for 204 yards on 35 carries and scored all four of his team’s touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over then-No. 3 Washington County last week. For the season, Jordan has rushed for 1,685 yards and 18 touchdowns on 186 carries (9.1 ypc) against the toughest schedule for any Class AAA team. Thomson is 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in AAA.

9. Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta: Dobbs was 16-of-21 passing for 432 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over Lambert. For the season, Dobbs leads the state in passing yards with 2,618. He has completed 163 of 287 attempts for 20 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He has scored eight touchdowns and rushed for 361 yards on 62 carries. Dobbs has committed to Arizona State. Alpharetta is 5-3 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.

10. QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish, a junior, was 14-of-31 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown in a 35-21 victory over Cook. He scored two touchdowns. On the season, Parrish is 128-of-250 passing for 2,205 yards and 21 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 456 yards and 13 touchdowns on 130 carries. Brooks County is 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

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33 comments Add your comment

Big Fan

October 31st, 2012
7:28 am

I’ve seen Chris Jordan play this year. My prediction is that he will move up on D1 lists and be a big time player at the next level. Shifty, quick, powerful, fast, low center of gravity. Good football sense. Plays hard all 4 quarters. Keep an eye on this guy.

how 'bout

October 31st, 2012
7:31 am

BamaBornDukie

October 31st, 2012
8:05 am

Tyren Jones and Joshua Dobbs doing work. Still wondering why Bama didn’t offer Joshua Dobbs….considering his on-field play, off-field character, in-school academic performance, and his ties to Alabama (Birmingham).

T Town

October 31st, 2012
8:41 am

Big Fan… Couldn’t have said it better! Its probably an understatement, but for the ones who haven’t seen this kid run the ball, this dude is a BEAST among boys!! If D-1 schools have not contacted this kid by now, they are making a HUGE mistake!! Trust and believe I’m not being a homer, I’m just speaking the truth!! GO DOGS!!

T Town

October 31st, 2012
9:12 am

Can anyone tell me where Chris Jordan ranks among the leading rushers in the state? Also why he is not higher on this list?

I don’t want to downplay Tyren Jones stats because I’m pretty sure he is a beast as well, especially since he’s committed to Alabama! But if his rushing stats are correct, he has 1,675 rushing yards on the season, averaging 6.4 ypc, has 16 touchdowns, and 3rd in the state in rushing! Chris Jordan, on the other hand, has 1,685 rushing yards on the season, averaging 9.1 ypc, and has 18 touchdowns against the toughest schedule in AAA! Looking at his stats compared to Tyren Jones, Chris Jordan should definitely be higher on this list!!

GO DOGS!!

OMacG

October 31st, 2012
9:13 am

How long before “tide rolls” shows up screaming about Marietta Blue Devil QB Jennings still not being on this list? Hopefully, he finally realized that being offered by LSU is plenty of recognition for the young man…no need to trash the POY Watch folks or Richt and Bobo at UGA. :-P

tide roll

October 31st, 2012
10:52 am

COME ON RICHT. COME ON BOOBOO. Who do you think you’re kidding? QB- Joshua Dobbs (Arizona), QB – Deshaun Watson – (Clemson), QB ANTHONY JENNINGS – Elite 11 Regional winner and UGA LEGACY! ( 2- time National Champion, LSU!), and Now Nick Marshall QB – had over 600 yards total offense in a single game last week! Y’all had him covering kickoffs and punts and playing defensive back! (Anywhere but UGA!). Cam Newton – QB- AUBURN – Heisman and National Champion. Y’all projected him as a TIGHT END! Do it Richt, do it Booboo, and Do it DAWGS. EXPORTERS of the best QB talent in America. 32 years. No surprise there.

YELLERJACKETZ1

October 31st, 2012
10:58 am

I WILL TELL U THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE MISSING THE BOAT ON CALHOUNS TAYLOR LAMB!!! THIS KID HAS A GREAT ARM,IS VERY MOBILE,HIS INTELLIGENCE IS ABOVE HIS YEARS ON THE FIELD,THE STATS THAT U SEE ARE NOT WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF THE LAST 5 GAMES HE HAS PLAYED 1QT ONCE 2QTS THREE TIMES 2.5 QTS ONCE! D1 SHOULD B LOOKING AT THIS GUY THE COMPLETE PACKAGE

YELLERJACKETZ1

October 31st, 2012
11:12 am

IF CHUBBSTER DOESNT BREAK THAT RECORD ITS BECAUSE HE CANT PLAY ALL 22 POSITIONS AT ONCE

Todd Holcomb

October 31st, 2012
12:18 pm

T Town – In my opinion, Tyren Jones has faced the tougher schedule. Yes, Jordan has faced the toughest in AAA, but AAAAAA is another level. But there’s a lot of parity on this list. Not much separates the top 10, and I think the post-season will be very significant in who winds up POY.

TruthSeeker

October 31st, 2012
12:48 pm

Chubb for Heisman!!!

I concur with Yellerjacket1 about Taylor Lamb. Lamb knows more about offense than Bobo ever will.

Son of waco

October 31st, 2012
1:29 pm

To add where was Jordan last year????? To be player of the year you can’t just come out of no where and beat out dudes who been doing it since their Jr year…..You can tell a fan who don’t know football when they say a tough AAA schedule compares to a solid 6A schedule….Its like a 3000+ school verse a 800 student body school how funny is that…

Jefferson

October 31st, 2012
1:31 pm

you funny too.

Hubert Green

October 31st, 2012
1:49 pm

Joshua Dobbs is not only an exceptional QB, but he is also an outstanding young man. I have more respect for him as a person than any other football player in the state.

Big Fan

October 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

It’s “Player of the Year” SoW. It’s not player of last year and this year. Washington County lost man. Quit hating on Thomson and his this kid.

Titletown USA

October 31st, 2012
2:43 pm

Interesting perspective from “tide rolls”…..that is a problem on some many levels.

Camden74

October 31st, 2012
3:52 pm

No more J.J. Green huh, no Brice Ramsey, NO PROBLEM! Camden County Wildcats, here we come! :-D

T Town

October 31st, 2012
3:53 pm

Son of WACO… Here you go again hating on something about Thomson! Please go on with your life and get some help! We defeated you guys once again in your “House of Pain”! Get over it! Do you need for me to call Dr. Phil for you?

And another thing Idiot of WACO, I didn’t compare 6A to 3A! I was only comparing the two running backs’ stats! Can you read? Also the reward is called “PLAYER OF THE YEAR” AND not the “PLAYER OF LAST YEAR”! To break it down a little further, since you may have a hard time understanding, this reward is given to the player who had the best year in 2012! By the way, Chris Jordan didn’t too bad last year, and he took it to them WACO boys this past Friday! They couldn’t stop that locomotive! It was beautiful sight to see how them boys from WACO were just bouncing off him!! LOL…

You need to update your football knowledge and move on with your life!! There’s always next year Son of WACKO!!

GO DOGS!! a.k.a “The Standard in Region 3-AAA”!!

Bright Idea

October 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

Jordan would be the perfect fullback for Georgia Tech’s offense.

BamaBornDukie

October 31st, 2012
4:23 pm

@Tide Roll…..I’m starting to see what you’ve been saying for several weeks/months. Thinking the same thought process at UGA is happening now at Bama. Amazing that none of the kids you mentioned we’re good enough prospects to be offered by UGA as a QB. But then again……RGIII was only offered a scholarship as a QB by Houston and then by Baylor [as the Houston coach left and took the Baylor job]……all the other schools offered him as an “athlete”.

You speak (type) the truth. No other way to “sugarcoat” it.

OMacG

October 31st, 2012
4:36 pm

BamaBornDukie- isn’t Dobbs more of a spread offense QB? If so, it makes sense to me why Saban didn’t offer him. By that same token- Tyren Jones seems a perfect fit for what the Tide likes to do.

UGA offered the Ramsey kid from Camden pretty early, I think…doubt they’d try to sign two high-profile QBs in the same class.

BamaBornDukie

October 31st, 2012
4:57 pm

@OMacG…..Dobbs plays in a passing spread offense but he is a very cerebral, adaptable QB and would do well in Bama’s offense if given the opportunity. I don’t really get so caught up schemes as long as the QB has the necessary skillset (ie. leadership, overall QB Skills). RGIII played in passing spread offense at Baylor and although Redskins aren’t excelling just yet as a team, he is playing at a high level considering he is a Rookie. I’m a Bama fan but Cam Newton played well as a Rookie coming from a Spread Offense at Auburn. I think Newton’s struggles this year are more related to maturity (ie. who the heck does the Superman pose when his team has just scored to go from 24-0 to 24-7 against the Giants). Newton will be fine once he matures into manhood.

The gist of the aforementioned is I think scheme is overrated as long as the prospect has the QB skillset.

In terms of Tyren Jones…..definitely ideal for Bama. For anybody that has watched Walton play they can attest that teams’ complete defensive game-plan is to stop Jones. Hence why his ypc are down a little and the fact that Walton has played a tough schedule. Jones will probably average just as many ypc in college as he is now at Walton as he’ll have a better OLine (Brandon Kublanow at Walton is very good but overall Walton has had subpar line play in 2012 due to younger guys having to play due to injuries to experienced lineman) at Bama and teams won’t be able to design/scheme their defense to stop only Jones. Jones is legit and no doubt the best pure RB prospect in Georgia.

BamaBornDukie

October 31st, 2012
5:02 pm

Also hearing that the Texas Longhorns are now evaluating Joshua Dobbs and may offer him. Just hate to see a kid that I think will be a very good college QB not end up at Bama or at least in the SEC. The thing about this kid is that he is a true student-athlete as he has Ivy League offers as well. We need to keep the best players in the SEC.

DraD

October 31st, 2012
7:45 pm

@ Todd Holcomb – Man don’t go tossing that AAA vs AAAAAA stuff at us. One of the Baddest RBs the State of GA has ever seen was the great Garrison Hearst of Little Class A Lincoln Co. a school with like 250-300 students. Another super bad RB from little Class A Johnson Co. we all know his name H.W.!!! So don’t go there with that!!! Not to mention if he is playing on a AAAAAA team then his lineman will also be better and bigger right!! Dude if you are the real deal it doesn’t matter what class you are in. Not to mention there have been games where he could have a whole lot more than this if Thomson didn’t have other weapons to go to.

T Town

October 31st, 2012
8:43 pm

DraD… I totally agree with you! This is not college football! Smaller schools can have just as much talent as larger schools! I would love to see how schools with a football-rich tradition in smaller classifications would fair against schools with the same tradition in the larger classifications! I’m not saying that smaller schools would win, but it would be nice to see how those teams would fair against those schools that are usually nationally or state ranked!

Mr. Holcomb… I totally respect your expert opinion when it comes to high school football! I don’t know if you ever seen this kid Chris Jordan play this year, but this kid is a BEAST! I truly believe this kid would have same if not even better numbers in any other classification!! I hope those D-1 letters are rolling in for this kid!!

GO DOGS!!

Son of waco

October 31st, 2012
9:53 pm

Maybe Jordan will get his shine if y’all make it to the dome and put him on GPB TV for everyone to watch….Waco had a player earn himself a scholarship or at least make the teams offering him a scholarship put more effort towards him after his dome performance and now he has earn himself a NFL Super Bowl ring ..Also you say you respect dude opinion but you asked why he don’t just jump your RB over every other player on the list because he’s having a good year…. It might be because it’s not a record breaking year like others on this list or they consistency over the past year to now have earn them a spot on the list….Be happy he’s on the list now and the more y’all win games, the more spots he move up……….

East Cobb Dad

November 1st, 2012
12:13 am

Lassiter’s success has gotten better each year as we made it to the semis last year and are unbeaten now and looking for a strong playoff run. He’s the team leader that is poised, has a big arm that stretches the field and has been able to avoid sacks with increased mobility. Great kid that will really be missed, and I wish him all the best at Missouri

Wildcat Guy

November 1st, 2012
6:45 am

Not surprised by your move at all! JJ Green does and incredible job for our team, but you have only seen him in action once or twice this year!

DraD

November 1st, 2012
6:53 am

@Son of Waco – Jordan didn’t have a bad year last year!! Thing is we had a brand new coach in a new system and Thomson has another back T.J. Battle that had the hot hand most of the year last year. However Jordan still finished with 800Yds + on less than 100 carries last year. The Cedartown Kid Chubb is there only offensive weapon. Not to mention he is having a record year but they have 3 losses. If all we had was Jordan he would be over 2000+ yards but I’m sure Thomson would have dropped 2 or 3 by now. I suspect Thomson would have lost to WACO this past Friday night.

Hubert Green

November 1st, 2012
7:09 am

Dobbs is better than Aaron Murray right now; great poise in the pocket; strong arm; can really run and scramble, and he is a great leader. I see Alpharetta making a very strong push in the playoffs this year. He also made the top 11 at the QB national camp.

Trojan4Life

November 1st, 2012
10:16 am

@ YELLERJACKETZ1 come on you guys don’t play no one in the regular season in my eyes for you guys to be braggin bout Lamb……… Well if your a fan you know who is out for you guys this year its not a secret and sure as well not Buford it’s the #2 team in AA the Brooks County Trojans……………. Look at Parrish Stats this year we don’t care about the fact that no one gives us credit on what we accomplish so we go out every friday and bring the hammer…………………….. So screw Lamb if you guys make it to the 3rd round let’s see if he can pass for 200 against the best team in AA………..

Trojan4Life

November 1st, 2012
10:24 am

And also he’s only a junior this his first year in a spread formation comng from the wing t and other running formations……… And he has to rank in the top 5 in passing stats this year maybe the top 3. He very mobile has a great arm probably the best I’ve saw in yrs this kid threw a 60 yard pass for a touchdown in the endzone with ease he has a cannon and he’s very poised and mobil. Him And Waston Are my Favorites this year under center.

Todd Holcomb

November 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

”Man don’t go tossing that AAA vs AAAAAA stuff at us. One of the Baddest RBs the State of GA has ever seen was the great Garrison Hearst of Little Class A Lincoln Co. a school with like 250-300 students.”

Understood. But I never said AAA backs couldn’t be the best in the state. Instead, I was comparing two backs with very similar stats, one playing in 6A, the other in 3A. In that case, it’s more impressive to do it in 6A. Nobody had comparable numbers to Herschel in 1979 or Hearst in 1989.