POY Watch: Lamb, Watson move into top two spots

Every state player of the year in Georgia since 1986 has played on a team that has reached at least the quarterfinals in the state playoffs.

All but six have played on state championship teams.

Does that mean players on teams that have been eliminated have no chance at the award? Not necessarily. It happened in 1985 (Billy Ray of Dunwoody) and 1984 (Keith Henderson of Cartersville).

But it’s safe to say that those still playing are better positioned.

Here is our updated Player of the Year Watch:

1. QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb is 224-of-328 passing for 2,801 yards and 30 touchdowns with five interceptions for the No. 1-ranked team in Class AA. He has scored nine touchdowns while rushing for 302 yards on 56 carries. Lamb has committed to South Alabama.

2. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson is 234-of-335 passing for 3,053 yards and 41 touchdowns. He has rushed for 1,117 yards and 19 touchdowns. His team is 9-3. Watson has committed to Clemson as a junior.

3. RB Jacorey Lewis, Mill Creek: Lewis has rushed for 2,157 yards on 251 carries and scored 30 touchdowns. He has rushed for 612 yards in two playoff games despite sitting out most of the second half last week in a 56-21 victory over Brookwood. His team is 9-3. Lewis is uncommitted.

4. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green has rushed for 1,626 yards and 31 touchdowns and completed 79 of 115 passes for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception. Burke is 11-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.

5. RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross: Kamara has rushed for 1,784 yards and 23 touchdowns on 217 carries. His team is the only unbeaten team in Class AAAAAA at 12-0. Kamara, the top-rated running back in Georgia according to some, is uncommitted.

6. RB Travis Custis, Lovejoy: Custis has rushed for 1,629 yard on 199 carries and scored 30 touchdowns for an 11-1 team that is one of three region champions left in the Class AAAAAA draw. Custis has committed to Georgia Tech.

7. RB Chris Jordan, Thomson: Jordan has rushed for 1,970 yards and 20 touchdowns on 221 carries for a team that is 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAA. Jordan has committed to Georgia Southern.

8. QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish has thrown for 2,856 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also has rushed for almost 700 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Brooks County is 12-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

9. DB/WR/RB Vonn Bell, Ridgeland: Bell has rushed for 922 yards on 67 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. He has caught 14 passes for 517 yards and six touchdowns. He has made 62 solo tackles on defense and intercepted three passes. His team is 11-1. A preseason AJC Super 11 pick, Bell is uncommitted.

10. QB Makail Grace, Wilcox County: Grace is 182-of-299 passing for 2,702 yards and 25 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He has rushed for 736 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on 139 carries. Grace has played only 10 games. Wilcox County is 9-2. Grace is uncommitted.

Others to watch: QB Michael Haynes, North Gwinnett; DL Montravius Adams, Dooly County; QB Tyler Queen, North Cobb; WR Demarcus Robinson, Peach County; RB/CB J.J. Green, Camden County

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38 comments Add your comment

burkeboyjp

November 28th, 2012
8:10 am

How does green drop from 3 to 4

ridgelandpanthers07

November 28th, 2012
8:21 am

when did lamb drop South Alabama for Middle Tennessee?

Todd Holcomb

November 28th, 2012
8:43 am

Lamb is committed to South Alabama. Our mistake. Fixed.

My dad is a tv repairman. I can fix it.

November 28th, 2012
8:44 am

Impressive list of stellar athletes. I have been lucky to see a few of them in person. What is the criteria for POY? Value to ones team or is it mostly numbers? Either way, based on production and importance to a team, Watson seems to fill both requirements. Over 3000/1000 and 60 tds? Wow! He even plays db sometimes, and is a decent punter. Heck, he should probly kick extra points too! Glad he is only a junior….

Todd Holcomb

November 28th, 2012
8:45 am

re: Green – I wouldn’t nit-pick over going up or down a few spots. Just felt like the Mill Creek RB should be in the top three. It’s a RB w/ 2,000+ yards for a QF team in the highest class who is averaging 250 yards rushing per game in the playoffs.

toofunny

November 28th, 2012
9:27 am

@ my dad the criteria is the best/most important player on the teams remaining in the playoffs. This award will more than likely go to the best player on the teams that make it to dome.

Green is a great athlete in his own right, but he is a Lewis trust me only Kammara or a healthy Jones have the skill set to compare to this young man. If not for grades during his first years in high school he would be a top 5 back in the nation.

Trojan4Life

November 28th, 2012
9:44 am

Hey Todd i know there has to be some criteria for listing these players but have you saw or even heard about Deric Herring from Brooks County………… Has to be one of the most electrifying players in the state this kid is awesome…….. His stats are great but watching him in person is totally seperate story………….

Camden74

November 28th, 2012
9:46 am

Green and Ramsey! Roll on Camden County Wildcats, Roll on! :-D

DAWG FOR LIFE

November 28th, 2012
10:11 am

Is this list made up of only players still in the playoffs? The POY should be for the best player this year and not the best player that is still playing at the end of the season. That is the best TEAM.

Nick Chubb of Cedartown has the most impressive numbers this season especially for being on a team that did not make the playoffs, a sub-par o-line, and no QB or passing game. Unbelievable when everyone knew he was getting the ball and they still could not stop him.

Great players do not always equal great teams.

Blue DEVIL

November 28th, 2012
11:43 am

@Camden74 Copy and paste this next week. Norcross is going to crush Camden on their home field

Dum-Bass

November 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Amazing, just simply amazing that a player like Colquitt County’s QB, Cole Segraves, is not included in this article. What is the criteria? In the games I have seen he is more qualified right now to play in college than Brice Ramsey is. BTW, he almost single-handedly beat Camden County in a showdown of those 2 QB’s during the season. Look at his stats for the last few games especially, and then tell me how he could not possibly be on this list? He gets overlooked a lot, but the college that gets him will get a surefire winner. Just ask Mr. Propst!

NYCDAWGFAN

November 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Todd Im a little disappointed. I don’t know how you can rationalize dropping a player that has only improved his game in the playoffs. Yes, I’m talking about Gator Green. Is this just a competition based on offensive stats? Green already has a couple of picks and a kickoff returned for touchdown in the playoffs alone… Not to mention he did those same things during the regular season while only playing 3 quarters the majority of the time… Nothing like a Metro ATL popularity contest to judge the merits of every player in the state.

Red and Black til Death

Oldschool Hawg

November 28th, 2012
2:09 pm

Where’s RK????????????? I thought he was the greatest player????????

Todd Holcomb

November 28th, 2012
2:12 pm

NYCDawgFan – I appreciate your support of Green. He’s been terrific. But to call this a Metro ATL popularity contest is not supported by much evidence. Only 3 of the 10 play on metro teams. If it were a metro popularity contest, it would be easy to have Nkemdiche and Lawson and Dobbs and Printz on here. Or Michael Haynes or Tyler Queen, for that matter.

re: Segraves – He’s had a great run lately, and he’s an excellent QB. But I have never heard his name mentioned as a POY candidate until today.

Todd Holcomb

November 28th, 2012
2:17 pm

”Is this list made up of only players still in the playoffs? The POY should be for the best player this year and not the best player that is still playing at the end of the season. That is the best TEAM.

Nick Chubb of Cedartown has the most impressive numbers this season especially for being on a team that did not make the playoffs … ”

This is not a list of the best 10 players or the best 10 season performances. It’s a list of the 10 players (subjectively speaking) who have the best shot and winning this award after the season. For example, what would be the chances that you or I could talk a group of coaches or sportswriters statewide on Dec. 20 that Nick Chubb was the single best choice for all-classification player of the year? No matter what you or I might think of Chubb, that’s just not going to be a persuasive argument, IMO. On the other hand, I can envision that any of these 10 guys might be POY after the season – if they finish strong.

Whether we agree or not, the POY usually plays for a state championship team and almost never plays for a team that does not make the quarterfinals.

NYCDAWGFAN

November 28th, 2012
2:35 pm

@Todd Holcomb: I see what you are saying and respect that.. Just so you know, to the rest of the state, 4 of those players play in what we outsiders would consider ATL schools. More important, I just wanna know why he dropped. Not taking anything away from these other players (especially Kamara, please join the Bulldawg nation young man) but, I just don’t see any reason for him to drop when he has been pulled out of both playoff games early and has STILL dominated. Like I stated before, his (and everyone else’s) return stats and defensive stats deserve to be accounted for. I enjoy reading you guys and all of the bloggers here. It helps keep me connected to home while I’m up here in Yankee land.

Red and Black til Death

Jefferson

November 28th, 2012
4:02 pm

Ever see a little league coach surrounded by moms wanting to know why their kid is not playing ? Tough call.

Congrads Taylor, good job this year.

in reality

November 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

Watson, the fr. of Gainesville has already accounted for 140 TD’s in his career which breaks the Ga. record of 119 set by Dwight Dasher of Charlton. He only needs about 700 yards to break career passing yards of 9000 plus. Also, he has 99 career td passes, only four behind Nick Marshall’s record of 103. Watson also has 11,000 plus total yards, which I’m sure is Ga. record.
Even with all those stats, the amazing part of Watson’s game are his poise and decision making.
I doubt anyone means more to his team than Deshaun Watson and I wouldn’t trade him for any other high school player in America.
And remember, he’s just a JUNIOR.

Stats are overrated

November 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

Stats can be deceiving. There has been at least five games where Lamb didn’t play due to the game being out of hand. I wonder how many of the other players were taken out of games?

Columbia Blue

November 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

Boy I tell you something, Camden has got slammed by the AJC this week. Thanks for the additional inspiration. JJ Green, Brice Ramsey and Jared Davis and the rest of the Cats will love seeing this article.

Columbia Blue

November 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

@ Blue DEVIL

I refuse to talk crap. Our kids will be mad a hell Friday night and have the eye of the tiger (Thanks AJC) You can bet one thing—WE WILL BE READY—Strap it on and get ready for a environment that will be intense.

Camden74

November 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

Blue Devils……Ya think????!!!! You must be living in an alternate reality! Roll on Camden County Wildcats, Roll on! :-D

cat doc

November 28th, 2012
7:09 pm

Norcross hurry up and get down here the wildcats got something for you boys.

camdenfan2013

November 28th, 2012
8:20 pm

I would like to second, third, and fourth the above. AJC not giving the Cats are the Packers anything as individual players. Looking forward to Region 1 moving on in the playoffs. Norcross bring your big boy pads. It’s going to be some hard hitting Friday night.

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 28th, 2012
8:24 pm

I KNOW THERE ARE ALOT OF GREAT PLAYERS AROUT THERE THAT ARE VERY DESERVING OF THIS AWARD . I JUST WANT TO SAY I DONT GET A CHANCE TO SEE THEM BUT EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE , I DO GET TO WATCH TAYLOR LAMB EVERY WEEK HE IS VERY POISED BEYOND HIS YEARS ,HIS STATS ARE NOT WHAT THEY COULD BE (HE HAS ONLY AVERAGED BARELY MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF QTS PER GM) DIV 1 TEAMS ARE MISSING THE BOAT ON THIS KID ! HE HAS THE TOOLS TO BE GREAT AT THE NEXT LEVEL. THANKS FOR GIVING HIM THE RECOGNITION HE DESERVES TODD !!!

in reality

November 28th, 2012
9:06 pm

Same with Watson sitting out a lot of quarters because of big leads.
Also, Watson is the only player in Ga. state history with at least 3000 passing yds. and 1000 rushing yds. in the same season. And he’s done it twice with another year to follow.
Ask the teams that have played the elephants how good this kid is.

MC 12

November 28th, 2012
9:15 pm

Jacorey Lewis is the best running back in the state that “nobody knows”.
Caleb Hayman (WR – Gainesville HS) has something in common with the top 3 POY selection. 1. Will be a receiver for Tyler Lamb at South Alabama next year. 2. Presently 2nd leading receiver for Deshaun Watson at Gainesville. 3. Played with Jacorey Lewis at Mill Creek his freshman and soph. year.

itsonlywrite

November 28th, 2012
10:43 pm

@in reality I like Watson as much as the next person and I agree with everything you said, but as far as a player meaning more to their team. Even though Watson means alot, I think Donquell Green means more to the Burke Co. team. And Im not hatin on Burke Co., but if wasn’t for Donquell, Burke wouldnt have one the championship last year nor have the chance to win it this year. They may have other good players, but is truly beating teams by himself… lol

itsonlywrite

November 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

this POY is crazy though… Watson dropped out of the runnings after losing the last 2 games of the season but is now back in 3rd b/c they won 2 playoff games.. smh… lol

Dum-Bass

November 29th, 2012
1:01 am

This is a very biased and partial list due to only 2 players in the top 10 from South GA. This is to be expected though on a yearly basis. Not surprising!

You ARE a Dum-Bass

November 29th, 2012
1:49 am

You realize, 2/3 of the population of the state of Georgia are in the extended metropolitan area, right? It’s a numbers game. Great football down south, no question. But use your brain. There are probably more football players in Gwinnett County than there are south of Columbus/Macon/Savannah.

Gridiron

November 29th, 2012
7:28 am

Hands down, QB Deshaun Watson is the best player, stats don’t lie!

sportsnut

November 29th, 2012
8:25 am

Great list. Watson gets my vote right now. I hope the award is not given until the season is complete.
Those complaining are the ones who think their team and it’s players are all world. Cole Seagraves, JJ Green and Brice Ramsey do not belong on this list. This list is for those who do it every friday, not those who sometimes have a good game. There are others who could be on it such as Nick Chubb, Joshua Dobbs and others.

The Truth

November 29th, 2012
8:28 am

I said it earlier in the season…if Watson has the stats close to what he had last year, and Gainesville’s one man gang goes deep in the playoffs…and yes Walton fans, the quarter finals are deep into the playoffs, then Watson is without a doubt POY. Lamb is a nice story, playing on a very good team, but if he had to play with the supporting cast Watson has, he would probably be injured right now. Watson is the best quarterback in Georgia this year, last year and next year…period. He has phenominal stats on a team made up of marginal players. Do the logical thing TH.

The Truth

November 29th, 2012
8:38 am

Hey itsonlywrite, don’t compare Gator to Watson. Sure, Gator can run, but he can’t throw a lick. Don’t think for a second that Burke wouldn’t have won without him last year. You had a frieking huge line of scrimmage, monster linebackers, and a senior quarterback that wasn’t too bad. All you south Ga football novices need to understand that yes, Camden will probably win AAAAAA, Northside WR AAAAA, don’t care about AAAA, and Peach AAA, but the best player in the state is from the north.

NYCDAWGFAN

November 29th, 2012
8:51 am

@Gridiron: Stats can be deceiving… In regards to Watson ill just say this… two great sophomores met on the field last year… The “Gator” was easily the best player on the field… Head to head dont lie;-)

Red and Black til Death

NYCDAWGFAN

November 29th, 2012
11:15 am

@The Truth: I have to say, having a screen name of “The Truth” kinda begs for critics… I’ll take a shot or two;O) First, When you state that most of this years champs will come from South GA teams doesn’t it seem a bit oxymoronic to then call those fans “novices”.. Seems to me that the fan base of championship teams may know a lil somethin somethin. I will say that I like most of your picks, though I think Thomson wins 3A and I wonder why you don’t care about 4A? I have a seperate tangent about that.. I’ll save that one.

Second, and more to the point, I will say that I have to agree with you that Watson is a better QB than Gator. He is a superior passer, no doubt… But that’s all. This is an argument about the best “Player” in the state. Not the best QB or best offensive threat. So, while Watson is a better passer, Gator is a superior runner, Returner, and Defensive Back. Gator wins that argument 3-1.. I’ll take Donquell “Gator” Green any day of the week… FYI the rule is I before E except after C… But, the word is actually spelled “FREAKING” no “I” needed.. Truth be told!

Red and Black til Death

MC 12

November 30th, 2012
12:28 am

@The Truth: I am not sure how much you have seen Gainesville play, but your view on Watsons teammates are not accurate. When Watson hands the ball off to the backs they are very fast and can catch the ball out of the backfield. When Watson throws the ball somebody has to catch it and his receivers ability to catch the ball enables him to have a high passer rating. They are far from the marginal receivers you call them “ASK ANY COACH OR TEAM THAT HAS TO COVER THEM”Gainesville is more than a one man team.