POY Watch: Lassiter’s Printz moves into top spot

Eddie Printz moved up to No. 5 all-time on Georgia’s career passing yards list last week. He also moved up two spots to No. 1 in GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.

The Lassiter quarterback has thrown for more than 2,500 yards this season and 8,300 for his career.

Out of the POY Watch are two running backs who suffered back luck in different ways last week.

Previous No. 1 Tyren Jones of Walton suffered a knee injury in the first half of his team’s 21-16 victory over Etowah. Jones has 1,682 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, but the prognosis of the injury – a sprained MCL – is that he will miss two to six weeks. If Jones’ season is over, his odds of being Georgia’s player of the year are diminished. No player has ever won the award without playing in the postseason.

At No. 3 last week was Cedartown’s Nick Chubb. His team lost to Gilmer 38-0 last week, ending Cedartown’s bid for the playoffs. Chubb was held to 74 yards rushing and did not score a touchdown for the first time this season. Chubb will go down as the state’s most prolific rusher and scorer in the regular season. He has 2,446 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns with a game left at Southeast Whitfield, a team he scorched for 366 yards and seven touchdowns on Sept. 28.

Back in the POY this week are perhaps the state’s most fearsome defensive linemen – defending all-class player of the year Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson and Montravius Adams of Dooly County.

1. (4) QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Printz was 21-of-28 passing for 251 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 victory over Roswell. On the season, Printz is 181-of-275 passing for 2,560 yards. He has 8,352 passing yards for his career, which ranks fifth all-time in Georgia. Lassiter is 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.

2. (5) QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb was 13-of-19 passing for 162 yards and a touchdown in a 35-0 victory over Model. He rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on six carries. For the season, Lamb is 182-of-272 passing for 2,192 yards and 23 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 280 yards on 43 carries and scored seven touchdowns. Lamb has committed to South Alabama. Calhoun is 9-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

3. (8) RB Chris Jordan, Thomson: Jordan did not play 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. A senior, Jordan is not being heavily recruited by FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools. Thomson is 9-0 and ranked No. 1 in AAA.

4. (6) QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns on five carries in a 57-28 victory over Butler in which Burke led 50-14 at halftime. Green was 2-of-3 passing for 60 yards. For the season, the junior has rushed for 1,307 yards and 23 touchdowns on 123 carries (10.6 ypc) and completed 57 of 89 passes (64 percent) for 877 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception. Burke County is 8-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.

5. (NR) DE Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson: Nkemdiche had seven tackles, one for a loss, in Grayson’s 48-0 victory over Archer. Nkemdiche also rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown on three carries. On the season, Nkemdiche has 40 tackles, eight for losses, for a team that has allowed only 295 yards rushing (32.8 per game) and has shut out four consecutive Region 8-AAAAAA opponents, winning by an average score of 51-0. Nkemdiche has scored nine touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards on 26 carries. He is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation. Grayson is 8-1 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAAA.

6. (7) RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross: Kamara did not play last week. 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.

7. (2) QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 18-of-23 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-41 loss to Loganville. For the season, Watson is 167-of-234 passing (71 percent) for 2,376 yards and 31 touchdowns with seven interceptions, none in region play. Watson has rushed for 759 yards and 12 touchdowns. Watson, a junior, has committed to Clemson. Gainesville is 7-2 and unranked in Class AAAAA.

8. (9) Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta: Dobbs was 18-of-34 passing for 382 yards and four touchdowns and an interception in a 41-23 victory over Centennial. For the season, Dobbs leads the state in passing yards with 3,000. He has completed 181 of 321 attempts (56.4 percent) for 24 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He has scored eight touchdowns and rushed for 359 yards on 71 carries. Dobbs has committed to Arizona State. Alpharetta is 6-3 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.

9. (10) QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish did not play last week. 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.

10. (NR) DL Montravius Adams, Dooly County: Adams had six tackles for losses, 12 tackles overall, in a 35-0 victory over Greenville. For the season, Adams has more than 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Adams, who is uncommitted, is ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect nationally by Scout.com. Dooly County is 7-2 and unranked in Class A.

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37 comments Add your comment

Seen a few

November 7th, 2012
7:52 am

I’m surprised QB McCrary from Cedar Grove is not on here.

Cobb Fan

November 7th, 2012
7:58 am

There are many games Eddie Printz didn’t throw a pass in the 2nd half because Lassiter was ahead and managed the clock. Saw him once in person this year, wasn’t pretty for us. His numbers could be upwards of 3500. Ryan Jenkins, Juwan Dickey, Blake Wilson, Duby Nwaubi, Tyler Montour and Willie Police are the best receiving corps in the country. I ‘ve watched these players since pound ball.


November 7th, 2012
8:09 am

yes where is McCrary they have played a tough schedule and even showed up MLK in the preseason scrimmage game?

Dekalb Jacket

November 7th, 2012
8:26 am

Cedar Grove played a tough schedule? HA! Thats a joke! 5 of the temas Cedar Grove beat have combine record of 10 -35.
You have one quality win and will be gone from the play offs in the first round. MLK would beat the brakes off Cedar Grove in a real game. Ask Tucker who beat Cedar Grove in a real game. Scrimmages and preseason don’t count for good teams. We use them to get ready for the real games.

And to be honest the two players from Cedar Grove who are better are Deion Sellers and Jamir Hannah.


November 7th, 2012
9:34 am

This is where the AJC loses me on the POY list.
How does the leading QB in the state fall behind the 4 QB’s that he is statstically ahead of. Printz I will give in to the notion that he could have bigger numbers if a few games weren’t blow outs, but so could Dobbs i.e. Harrison, N forsyth, Lambert. RN of Grayson may be the the concensus #1 but he has not put up POY numbers IMO. (See J. Clowneys stats from SC his senior year) RN clearly plays with extremely talented kids on that side of the ball as well. You don’t avg. 32.8 RPG because of one player ask Miltons’ Lawson or Newnans Matthews.
More and more it seems that its the player with the best numbers on the best team is the one that gets the recognition and not the overall best player. The Chubbs kid seems to have the best numbers but is not getting recognition as a top POY candidate because his team is not going to the playoffs. IMO that’s a shame. If I had one suggestion at the end of this year and the the start of next, is to list the criteria one has to meet to be placed on this list so as to add clarity to this process.

T Town

November 7th, 2012
10:00 am

“A senior, Jordan is not being heavily recruited by FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools.”

Wow!! I knew coming into this season he wasn’t a high recruit, but you would think at least by now, some FBS schools, especially the local FBS schools, would be sending this kid letters! They are really skipping on this kid! The word needs to get out on him! Hopefully Mark Richt or Paul Johnson give this kid a look! If not them or any other FBS school, I wouldn’t mind him going to my alma mater, Georgia Southern!



November 7th, 2012
10:23 am

How are Nkemdiche and Adams as defensive players ranked ahead of Carl Lawson at Milton who probably has 20-22 sacks on the season?

Agree that the criteria for the award should be listed as it seems to be a moving target from week to week. I understand Tyren Jones probably won’t win the award but how does he go from being #1 every week for 10 weeks straight to not even in the top 10? Again, I read the explanation but it is not confirmed 100% that Jones won’t play a playoff game.


November 7th, 2012
10:29 am

I second that on Printz. He could have easily gotten over 400 hundred yards and a couple more touchdowns last week against Roswell but was content to hand the ball off most of the second half with the game under control. Same thing week before against Wheeler and several other games this year. Kudos to Lassiter coaching staff for focusing on the win and not embarrassing the opponent for the sake of big stats. Lassiter has been putting games away early. The 1 time Printz needed to come up big in the second half of a game, he did against a playoff bound Milton team on the road.

Also consider that Dickey has missed most of second half of season with an injury and Jenkins missed a few games in there too. Jenkins looks like he has his legs back now and if Dickey is healthy when playoffs start in 2 weeks, Lassiter can stretch the field in way that will give even the best defenses trouble defending.


November 7th, 2012
10:33 am

Also consider that an extended playoff run could net Printz the all time Georgia career passing yards mark. Maybe in a couple years we can see 2 former Lassiter QBs face off in an SEC battle when Mizzou plays UGA.

N GA HS Football Observer

November 7th, 2012
10:57 am

@toofunny I disagree with you 100%. All of the above players are very good players and deserving of consideration but overall Player of The Year would be the complete packege. Wins, stats and a deep playoff run would win the top spot in my opinion. Chubb has great numbers but if you don’t win or even make playoffs what good is it? Jones would have been a lock if he didn’t get injured but in my opinion Walton would only go as far as Jones would carry them. I hope he gets well and is able to play a few more games in the playoffs. He is the best player in Georgia in my opinion. There is another player in Cobb Couty, Evan kasian, who has more yards on one hundred less carries and an undefeated team but he plays 1A football. Good player but not a POY IMHO. As far as Printz I look at common opponents and the wins he put up against top teams. No question his body of work is far more impressive and deserving of top spot. Taylor lamb is just as impressive with numbers. His opponents are outmatched when they play Calhoun but he is also more impressive than Dobbs. Alvan Kamara would be a great candidate for top player but Miles Autry outplayed him several games while on the same team. A deep playoff run could earn him the honor. I personally think AJC has it right but only time will tell as the playoffs progress. If Dobbs is really the POY it will be revealed. I was thourougly impressed when I watched him this year. Since you compared them, It took Dobbs 46 more pass attempts to complete 181 passes. A 54.6 pass completion rating will not measure up against other top QBs such as Brett Sheehan, Anthony Jennings, Alejandro Benefield, Brice Ramsey, Brooks Barden, Mitchell Webb, Eman Westmoreland, AJ Erdley, etc. All very good Georgia QBs who could also be in the above conversation. Jonathon Mcrary has a 75% completion rating and the case could be made for him to be a POY candidate above Dobbs.

Next year look out for DJ Smith from Walton to be the POY.


November 7th, 2012
11:29 am

Go Camden County Wildcats! :-D


November 7th, 2012
12:03 pm

Whoooo that Eddie printz is dangerous! He’ll prob carry them pretty far in the playoffs

Did Printz...

November 7th, 2012
12:22 pm

…ever figure out why UCLA pulled his ’ship?


November 7th, 2012
12:24 pm

…ever figure out why UCLA pulled his ’ship?

Jim Moron is the UCLA coach. ‘Nuff said.

Uh, Heisenberg...

November 7th, 2012
12:39 pm

…Not exactly a very good answer as it is really no answer at all…


November 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

I hear UCLA got cold feet when Florida State started coming after Eddie. They started recruiting local Socal QBs.

Eddie lodge

November 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

This is wonderful and humble kid to talk to Eddie my prayers are with u


November 7th, 2012
2:32 pm

@N GA HS Football Observer
First I’m not saying that Dobbs deserves the #1 rank but for him to be below other QB’s with less number statiscally than and he is and be on a playoff bound team with a good record is odd to me. Personally Jones Chubbs Dobbs Printz and Jordan should be top five in no particular order.

So to humor you your argument is that with identical completions Dobbs is almost 450 yds. better than Printz not sure what the TD difference is as it is not printed for Printz. Now factor in the 300+ rushing yards and the 8 TD’s rushng and Dobbs gets the edge. As for the metioned QB’s they all have one thing in common that adds to the attempts counter very good running backs or running attacks and Dobbs numbers are better than theirs. Alpharetta lost that to graduation. From your post completion % is your tie breaker while I would much rather use yards. Please do not throw in Ramsey cause I believe Camden would be highly sucessful with or without him running the show. He is not even the most important Player on his team.

Chubbs is not at fault for being a great player on a bad team so that’s a flawed arugument. He’s almost a 1000 yds. better than the next back on the list and he gets shut out. Jones goes from number to none existent cause he gets knocked out 2nd to last gmae of the year and RN gets put back for pedestrian numbers for a good DL not the numbers indicative of the #1 player in the country.

So I ask again is this for the player with the best stats, or the best player with the best stats on the best team.

@Bamaborndukie you are dead on Lawson is out performing both but is no longer on the list.

@ Did Printz they pulled because they have a talented freshmen QB their now which allowed them to push back to clock on recruitng a big name QB. They can now use that scholarship on another position of need IMO.


November 7th, 2012
2:40 pm

Not intended to be a good answer. Anytime I can get a jab in on Jim Mora/Lane Kiffin/Bobby Petrino I take it. Those guys are clowns. I have no idea what goes on with how recruiting is these days. Sometimes the school revokes the offer, sometimes the kid changes his mind. Nothing is assured until signing day is all I really know.

But Lassiter has more players than just a QB. I have not heard anything about WRs Jenkins & Dickey recruitment and both these guys are BCS conference D1 prospects plus WR/RB Police that just makes plays every week. They have a 300 pound plus OL (Doar) that should be getting offers, 2 linebackers (Danforth/Gildea) that should play in D1, and a CB (Dowling) that I have not yet seen get beat deep in 1-1 coverage. Trojans have more balance than they are given credit for.


November 7th, 2012
3:02 pm

Taylor Lamb of Calhoun has not played past the third quarter since game three. Most of those games he has only played the first half and in one he only played the first quarter. Lamb would also be at 3000 plus yards if he had played in every quarter of every game. His completion percentage is almost dead even with Printz.

coach disco

November 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

First of all I had the honor to coach and watch Eddie printz and Tyren Jones . I watch these kids who come from amazing homes and have the best parents that I have ever known.. Who are all to ,try to make one kid better than the other. They are amazing kids who took on a big role becoming so popular at a young age.They are great students,respectfull young men and great Ball players. I want whats best for the both of them, because they are plenty of all writting about them and so focus on them ,,when your own kids needs some guidance. All im saying is all these kids need support ,we know what is ahaed for them in the life..All these kids are #1 in my book, they already beat the odds.Keep them prayed up ,and support them…..

Todd Holcomb

November 7th, 2012
4:44 pm

The first thing I’d want to stress is how subjective this is. The purpose of the POY Watch is to give some recognition to some of the state’s best players while also giving readers a chance to defend or argue the merits of other players that might not be included. Opinions here can sway how I or others with inputon this award look at things. And it’s a LONG ways till time to pick a POY. What happens in the playoffs is HUGE. One could argue that we’ve seen less than half of what really matters in an award like this.

As for the definition – The POY Watch is not a ranking of how good the players are. It’s definitely not a recruiting ranking.

Rather, it’s largely a projection of how well-positioned a player is to win this award six weeks down the road. What are the chances that on Dec. 15 can I make an argument that Player A is the POY and have it stick?

At the moment, Tyren Jones and Nick Chubb are great players having great seasons, but neither is ‘’well-positioned’’ for that Dec.15 discussion.

The guys who shine in the playoffs are going to be the ones fresh on our minds then. Chubb and Jones – as terrific as they have been – will be distant memories to many at that point. Does anyone think there will be a lot of support on Dec. 15 for an underclassman (Chubb) who played only 10 games? The POY has never not made the playoffs.

Or what about Jones, a RB whose season perhaps was ended by injury in the regular season?

That doesn’t mean that Printz or Lamb or Jordan have had better seasons than Chubb or Jones. They haven’t – to this point. But the ‘candidacies’ of Printz and Lamb for this award are more promising at the moment, IMHO.

The guys at the top of this list are those that I can say with confidence will be in the discussion on Dec. 15. Is Printz a better QB than Dobbs? I don’t know. But Printz has a better chance of making it to a state championship game or setting a state record. If Lassiter loses to Brookwood next week, things change pretty quickly. It’s all going to change. It’s a long ways till Dec. 15.

Todd Holcomb

November 7th, 2012
4:47 pm

re: Nkemdiche – Grayson is playing so well right now that it’s easy to envision another state title for the Rams. I mean, South Gwinnett and Archer are no joke, and they lost to Grayson about 40-something to nothing. Grayson is giving up almost 0 yards rushing since the Parkview loss. Literally zero. If Grayson wins a state title and runs through the post-season as it did in 2012, it would be pretty hard to explain why the No. 1-rated player in the country isn’t in the dicussion for player of the year. After the Parkview loss, Nkemdiche’s lack of raw numbers was a fair point. Now, I think it’s silly not to have him on the radar.

Seen a few

November 7th, 2012
4:54 pm

Thanks for clarification Todd. POY is based on how far team goes in playoffs with him contributing. I like Chris Jordan’s chances in AAA. But if anyone wants to take a SWAG at who is ready at QB for the next level I can assure you McCrary is at Cedar Grove. Put this on your calendar for next year or the next and see where he is.

Todd Holcomb

November 7th, 2012
4:57 pm

One other thing on Nkemdiche …

There are many big-time college prospects that I’ve covered for which I’ve heard coaches tell me confidentially that they weren’t really that scary as high school players. I’ve had them say, ‘He’s OK, but he’s not even the best player on their team.’ I’ve even had coaches tell me those things about their own players who were going to Florida or Georgia or Alabama, etc. …

But I have never heard any coach say anything that remotely questions Nkemdiche’s status as the best player on the field for every high school game that he has played since at least his junior season. Nkemdiche has the talent to dictate the state playoffs in Class AAAAAA. That potential alone justifies his inclusion in this list.

Todd Holcomb

November 7th, 2012
5:03 pm

”Thanks for clarification Todd. POY is based on how far team goes in playoffs with him contributing.”

I wouldn’t define it quite that way. Eric Berry’s team lost in the quarters, I think. He was as worthy a POY candidate as anyone. Without him, that team might not win a round. But if you don’t already stand out in a crowd, like Berry did, then taking your team far is significant.


November 7th, 2012
5:50 pm

Keyante Green at ELCA is finally healthy and putting up some great numbers. Keep an eye on him as he may still be playing on Dec 15. as well.

Seen a few

November 7th, 2012
6:06 pm


November 7th, 2012
6:26 pm



November 7th, 2012
6:33 pm

brendan langley kell high school

Coach who???

November 7th, 2012
6:37 pm

McCrary is nice and Prince is very good. And not to disrespect Dobbs or anyone else, but the best QB in the state this year have been Deshaun Watson of Gainesville. And @ Dekalb Jacket, the preseason does count for school pride, and Cedar Grove spanked MLK in the ‘River Road Rumble’. But MLK have not lost since, so they probably should share that region title with Cedar Grove.lol

Brandon Beringer

November 8th, 2012
12:18 am

Keshun Hill of Northside-Warner Robins

Total of 1062 Yards combined Rushing and Receiving
21 Total Touchdowns


November 8th, 2012
11:18 am

@ todd Holcomb then this is list is not based on current performances but on conjecture an hypotheticals. To say that because of RN’s potential he desreves to be on the list is bit baffling. I agree potentially RN should be able to dominate any game he is in but he doesn’t per the stats. While other kids with the same pontential do per the stats. But using this statement:

“Nkemdiche has the talent to dictate the state playoffs in Class AAAAAA. That potential alone justifies his inclusion in this list.”

“After the Parkview loss, Nkemdiche’s lack of raw numbers was a fair point. Now, I think it’s silly not to have him on the radar.”

Based on these statements as your premise. Why is C. lawson of Milton not ahead of RN on this list, as his stats are better, he is a top 5 player in nation, and has dominated games on a playoff bound team. Also there is a big diference between being on the radar write-up , like you did for Chubbs and Jones, and taking a player from not being ranked to # 6 six on list. Which is why the criteria appears to be all over the place for who makes this list and who doesn’t. Printz can break all the career records he wants but is he the best player in GA high school football this season based on perfromance not potential. same thing for McCrary, Dobbs and so on. What ever your criteria make it consistent across the board and not make exceptions to the rule.

IMO the main contributing factors should all be performance based mainly on stats, SOS, consistency for that season, value to team. I just hate see a kid not on the list t(under classmern or not) who ends with 2500+ yds rushng in ten games while you have players who may only sniff at that number after playing 10+ that are present.

To sum it all up this award should not be called Player of the Year, because the player that may have dominated for this season may not win because his team early exit’s or doesn’t make it at all. Or at least seperate the award for that of regular season performance and the one for the state playoffs Kind of like the NCAA does for basketaball. The year Gimmer Fredette ( not sure on spelling) won MVP for season but I think Kemba Walker got it for MOP of the tourney. IMO

Todd Holcomb

November 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

re: Nkemdiche – Stats don’t tell the whole story on Nkemdiche. I wish there were stats on the number of people who attempt to block him on every play.

On a different subject, just fyi …

Since 1981, only 10 players who were named all-classification players of the year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution played on teams that did not win state championships.

2009 – WR Da’Rick Rogers, Calhoun
2008 – ATH Greg Reid, Lowndes
2006 – DB Eric Berry, Creekside
1999 – LB Travis Harris, SW DeKalb
1992 – QB Mike Bobo, Thomasville
1990 – QB Eric Zeier, Marietta
1985 – QB Billy Ray, Dunwoody
1984 – RB Keith Henderson, Cartersville
1983 – QB Vince Sutton, LaGrange
1981 – RB Ben Logue, North Springs

Mr. Riley

November 8th, 2012
5:50 pm

@ Beringer….I’ve seen Keshun Hill play a few times this year at NSWR and the kid is the REAL DEAL…im surprised there has been no attention swung his way this year. I imagine he will be another “under the radar” type player until playoffs come around. Whoever picks him up will be getting a STEAL for sure…

burke beast mode

November 12th, 2012
10:13 am

Im surpised that DONQUELL”GATOR” GREEN should be number #1…..those BURKE COUNTY BEARS


November 12th, 2012
10:22 pm

U right vreen should b number 1