Monroe Area quarterback Stanton Truitt and McEachern running back Taj Griffin are the newest members of GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.
Truitt had a hand in seven touchdowns in a victory over Loganville last week, while Griffin rushed for more than 150 yards for the second consecutive week in a victory over Lassiter.
The POY Watch is designed to recognize some of the state’s top players. It is a subjective projection of how the all-classification player of the year might be chosen. Players of the year typically (but not always) are high-profile players on high-profile teams.
1. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 27-of-41 passing for 383 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-28 victory over West Forsyth. Watson rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Watson had four interceptions against West Forsyth last season but none last week. Watson, who is committed to Clemson, passed for more than 4,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,400 in leading the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA title in 2012.
2. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 330 yards on 24 carries and scored on TD runs of 18, 53, 77, 16 and 9 yards in a 40-14 victory over Rockmart. Chubb did not play in the fourth quarter. Chubb, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in Georgia, finished with 2,721 yards rushing in 2012, a state record for the regular season. Cedartown was 6-4. Chubb is committed to Georgia.
3. LB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan had 12 tackles, two for losses, forced a fumble and rushed for 100 yards on seven carries in a 35-17 victory over Bradwell Institute. McMillan scored two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the AJC’s Super 11 team, but he has never played in a state playoff game. Liberty County was 6-4 in 2012.
4. DE Dante Sawyer, North Gwinnett: A preseason all-state pick in Class AAAAAA, Sawyer had eight tackles, four for losses, in a 35-0 victory over Grayson. On the season, Sawyer has six tackles for losses and one sack for the No. 1-ranked team in AAAAAA. Sawyer is rated among the top 10 defensive end prospects in the country.
5. LB Korie Rogers, Buford: Rogers had four tackles and caught a 19-yard pass in a 46-7 victory over Elbert County. Rogers, who is committed to Clemson, is the best player for a No. 1-ranked team that is defending its title in Class AAA. He was the AAA defensive player of the year in 2012.
6. QB Tyler Queen, North Cobb: Queen was 10-of-18 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 37 yards on two carries in a 48-7 victory over Starr’s Mill. He played only through the first drive of the second half. Queen, who is committed to Auburn, passed for 2,607 yards and rushed for 925 and accounted for 43 touchdowns for a Class AAAAAA semifinal team in 2012.
7. QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green will play his first game Friday at Hephzibah. He had 235 yards of total offense in the first quarter of a game Aug. 23 against Thomson that was canceled in the first half because of lightning delays. In 2012, Green passed for 1,399 yards and rushed for 1,827 and scored 32 touchdowns for an 11-2 team.
8. Taj Griffin, MeEachern: Griffin rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 42-28 victory over Lassiter. In two games, Griffin has rushed for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. He is rated the No. 1 all-purpose running back prospect in the country in 247Sports’ composite rankings for the class of 2015. McEachern is ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA.
9. QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central: Choice rushed for 187 yards on 28 carries and scored a touchdown in a 28-24 loss to Valdosta. He was 2-of-9 passing for 25 yards. For the season, he has rushed for 350 yards on 43 carries and scored three touchdowns in two games. He is 6-of-15 passing for 101 yards. Choice, a member of the AJC’s Super 11 team, rushed for more than 1,500 yards each of the past two seasons.
10. Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area: Truitt scored four touchdowns and passed for three touchdowns in a 48-21 victory over Loganville. He finished with 260 yards rushing on 20 carries and was 5-of-13 passing for 86 yards. He also threw two interceptions. In 2012, Truitt rushed for 1,438 yards and passed for 764 despite missing four games to injury on a team that finished 12-2. Truitt is committed to Auburn.
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