Tyler Queen had one of the best seasons a dual-threat sophomore quarterback could imagine in 2012.
The North Cobb signal caller passed for 2,607 yards and rushed for 925. He threw 23 TD passes and scored 20 touchdowns. His team made the semifinals of the highest classification. He committed to Auburn.
After a slow start to his season, Queen is back in GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch this week after leading his team to a second consecutive victory against an undefeated, ranked opponent.
Queen had 272 yards passing and 60 rushing in North Cobb’s 28-26 victory over McEachern. The week before, Queen passed for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-17 victory over Hillgrove.
Queen is on pace to have more passing yards and more TD passes with half as many interceptions this season. His rushing totals are less, partly because of the emergence of J’Vonte Herrod, who rushed for 183 yards on 26 carries against McEachern.
“We have not run him as much because Herrod is running well, and a lot of our scoring drives have been on big plays, so we are not having to drive the field,” said Tom Clark, North Cobb’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. “Tyler is playing really well now. He put up some good passing numbers against the two best defenses in our region.”
1. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb’s team did not play last week. For the season, Chubb has rushed for 1,887 yards on 179 carries (10.5 yards per carry) and scored 29 touchdowns in seven games. Cedartown (7-0) is ranked No. 7 in Class AAAA. 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. Chubb is committed to Georgia.
2. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 26-of-35 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-28 victory over Clarke Central. He rushed for a season-high 79 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries For the season, Watson is 188-of-260 passing (72.3 percent) for a state-leading 2,358 yards and 29 touchdowns with three interceptions in seven games. He has rushed for 413 yards and six touchdowns on 55 carries. Watson, who is committed to Clemson, is the all-time Georgia leader in career passing yards with 13,480 yards.
3. LB/RB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan’s team did not play last week. For the season, McMillan has 107 tackles, 21 for losses, five sacks and three forced fumbles. He has rushed for 417 yards on 45 carries (9.3 ypc) and has three catches for 74 yards. He has scored 10 touchdowns. Liberty County is 6-1. The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 team.
4. DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross: Carter had seven tackles in a 37-6 victory over Mountain View. For the season, Carter has 71 tackles, 44 first hits, 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, three sacks, six hurries and a fumble recovery. Carter is the consensus No. 1-rated college prospect in Georgia. Norcross is 6-2 and ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA.
5. WR Nate Brown, North Gwinnett: Brown caught four passes for 81 yards and one touchfown in limited action of a 41-0 victory over Habersham Central. For the season, Brown has 36 catches for 640 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has a TD reception in each of North Gwinnett’s seven games. North Gwinnett is 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA. Brown is committed to Missouri.
6. Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area: Truitt rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on just six attempts and was 7-of-8 passing for 114 yards and three touchdowns in a 75-0 victory over Walnut Grove. For the season, Truitt has rushed for 1,049 yards on 73 carries (14.3 ypc) and is 29-of-34 passing for 592 yards and 12 touchdowns with two interceptions. Truitt has scored 16 touchdowns. Monroe Area is 7-0 and ranked No. 4 in AAAA. Truitt is committed to Auburn.
7. QB Brooks Barden, Cartersville: Barden was 11-of-16 passing for 229 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-16 victory over Gordon Central. On the season, Barden is 89-of-145 passing for 1,570 yards and 26 touchdowns with two interceptions for a 7-0 team that is ranked No. 2 in Class AAA. He has 246 rushing yards on 33 carries (8.07 ypc) and has scored four touchdowns. Barden, rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the state, has committed to Charlotte.
8. Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: Bryant rushed for 159 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries in a 28-23 loss to Elbert County. In seven games, Bryant has rushed for 1,710 yards and 31 touchdowns on 180 carries (9.5 ypc) and has 12 catches for 180 yards. North Oconee is ranked No. 10 in Class AAA with a 5-2 record. Bryant is a junior.
9. QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central: Choice rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in a 45-14 victory over previously unbeaten Lee County. Choice was 2-of-7 passing for 21 yards. For the season, Choice has rushed for 1,235 yards on 170 carries (7.3 ypc) and scored 12 touchdowns for a 7-1 team that is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA. He is 26-of-51 passing for 457 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Choice also plays in Central’s secondary. A member of the AJC’s Super 11 team, Choice rushed for more than 1,500 yards each of the past two seasons.
10. QB Tyler Queen, North Cobb: Queen was 17-of-30 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 90 yards on 15 carries in a 28-26 victory over McEachern. For the season, Queen is 77-of-142 passing for 1,392 yards and 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries. North Cobb is 6-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA. Queen, a junior, has committed to Auburn.
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