POY Watch: North Cobb QB Queen back in the hunt

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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13 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2013
8:57 am

Scary thought that Tyler Queen still has another year left. The kid is really impressive.

Max Sizemore

October 23rd, 2013
9:34 am

Not so fast, my friend. The two interceptions Queen threw last week were sloppy, undisciplined throws. Bad decision making, bad execution.

Slim Jim

October 23rd, 2013
10:21 am

@ Max,

1 or both of those interceptions were tipped balls. Why don’t you hate in the kid some more


October 23rd, 2013
12:09 pm

One int was on a tipped screen pass and the other was on a 4th and goal that he forced in there. I was either int or sack. and throwing the ball at least gave him a chance to score

Max Sizemore

October 23rd, 2013
12:51 pm

They were tipped because there were too many defenders in the area for it to be a good idea to throw it there. Hey, I get it that he’s a high school kid. But, as a div. I college prospect, he has to be held to a higher standard. Bet he would even tell you that. And his father also.


October 23rd, 2013
1:15 pm

Todd Holcomb: Just for the record could you possible do a story on contending teams with short quarterbacks going into the play-offs. That is those under 5′9″ for example. We hear a lot about the 6′2′ and above projected college OB’s. Just asking!

Slim Jim

October 23rd, 2013
1:35 pm

@ Max,

Sloppy? Undisciplined? Bad Decision Making? WOW!!!!!!

You’re piling on and you know it. Give me a break! The kid is doing great, and then we have know-it-alls like you that come in with your cheesy Lee Corso “not so fast my friend” line in attempt to bring the kid down. Sir, these articles are designed to praise these young men and their excellent play.

The kid has led North Cobb Warrior football to new heights.

Let’s criticize his bad throws??? Really???? You sound so ignorant. Bless your heart.


October 23rd, 2013
3:32 pm

“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”

Well hold on a minute there sparky.

Watson nearly doubled Queens impressive numbers in 2012 and led his team to a state title with a running clock and still didn’t win POY. Ain’t right…

Further, against a very good Clarke Central team last week, Watson threw three, ran for two and caught another, in less than three quarters of play.

It has almost gotten routine for him to put up numbers like this.

Slim Jim

October 23rd, 2013
3:58 pm

I would agree that what Watson is doing at Gainseville is amazing. The sky is the limit for him

Todd Holcomb

October 23rd, 2013
6:46 pm

D. Watson is awesome. But I’m not sure what he did as a junior has to do with what Tyler Queen did as a sophomore. …

As for Queen’s INT’s, he’s got more to learn, no doubt. Just a junior. Speaking of Watson, seems like he threw four INT vs. West Forsyth last year. But he’s continued to improve. He was unstoppable by playoff time.

Just Sayin

October 23rd, 2013
8:04 pm

Most Impressive Teams Week 8 (via @KirkHerbstreit)
2 Ole Miss
3 Auburn
4 Mizzou
6 Tenn
7 North Cobb
9 Baylor
10 Minn


October 23rd, 2013
9:04 pm

“D. Watson is awesome. But I’m not sure what he did as a junior has to do with what Tyler Queen did as a sophomore. …”

True enough. I need to clarify.

Watsons season last year, statistically, was unlike any qb has ever had in the history of high school football in Georgia. I doubt few qbs in the entire country threw for well over 4k yards, rushed for almost 1500 and scored 74 tds. And won a state championship by 30+ points. As a junior.

I’m still a lil rankled he didn’t win POY. He earned it and deserved it.

Ok. I think I’m over it now.

Queen is a machine. I doubt watsons records will be broken.


October 24th, 2013
10:29 am

Tyler is a fine Qb. He will make mistakes just like everyone else. He does make good decisions and is overall a very heady ballplayer. His football I.Q. is high. He has the physical attributes to carry him to the next level. With his mental approach to this game and the time he has to learn more bodes well for his future.