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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