Calhoun quarterback Taylor Lamb was named on Thursday the Gatorade Georgia football player of the year.
Lamb, who has committed to South Alabama, has thrown for 2,801 yards and 30 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He has rushed for 302 yards and nine touchdowns.
Calhoun is 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AA. Calhoun plays No. 2 Brooks County on Friday in the state quarterfinals.
Also a basketball, tennis and golf standout, Lamb has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom. In addition to serving as a member of his school’s student council, he has volunteered on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and donated his time to the local recreation department.
“He would be a great player for any team in Georgia, regardless of how good his surrounding players are,” said Model head coach Gordon Powers. “He is the best I have seen and competed against in years. His stats are only a small part of his athletic ability. I found out first-hand in our game against him just how athletic he is. I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with Taylor during some 7-on-7 competitions. I discovered that in my 32 years of coaching, he is one of the most respectful and honest young man I have met.”
Lamb joins recent Gatorade Georgia players of the year Kenyan Drake (2011-12, Hillgrove), Brian Randolph (2010-11, Kell), Hutson Mason (2009-10, Lassiter), Branden Smith (2008-09, Washington) and Tavarres King (2007-08, Habersham Central) among the state’s list of former award winners.