Deshaun Watson, the all-time Georgia leader in passing yards, is back on top of GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.
Cedartown running back Nick Chubb is now No. 2 after his team’s loss to Gilmer last week kept the Bulldogs out of the Region 7-AAAA championship game and put them on the road in the first round of the playoffs, if they qualify.
Watson’s opportunity to play deep in the playoffs – Gainesville is the Class AAAAA defending champion – gives him a big edge among the top contenders.
Joining the POY Watch this week is South Paulding quarterback Chandler Burks, who last week became the first player in the state to surpass 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing this season. Burks accomplished another first last summer when he became the first player to make a verbal commitment to Kennesaw State’s new football program.
Here is this week’s top 10:
1. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 9-of-17 passing for 188 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-0 victory over Loganville. Watson also rushed for 78 yards on four carries and scored a touchdown. For the season, he is 197-of-277 passing (71.1 percent) for a state-leading 2,546 yards and 33 touchdowns with three interceptions in nine games. He has rushed for 491 yards and seven touchdowns on 59 carries (8.3 ypc). Watson, who is committed to Clemson, is the all-time Georgia leader in career passing yards with 13,668.
2. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries in a 38-35 loss to Gilmer. For the season, Chubb has rushed for a state-leading 2,334 yards on 229 carries (10.2 yards per carry) and scored 37 touchdowns. Cedartown is 8-1, but the defeat dropped the team out of the Class AAAA Top 10. Chubb, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in the state, is committed to Georgia.
3. LB/RB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan had 17 tackles, 12 solo, and five behind the line of scrimmage in a 41-17 victory over South Effingham. He rushed for 40 yards on four carries. For the season, McMillan has 142 tackles, 31 for losses, seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He has rushed for 475 yards on 55 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. Liberty County is 7-2. The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 team.
4. QB Brooks Barden, Cartersville: Barden was 18-of-23 passing for 308 yards and five touchdowns with one interception in a 53-9 victory over Sonoraville. On the season, Barden is 122-of-192 passing (63.5 percent) for 2,184 yards and 37 touchdowns with three interceptions for a 9-0 team that is ranked No. 2 in Class AAA. He has 259 rushing yards on 43 carries (6.0 ypc) and has scored four touchdowns. Barden, rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the state, has committed to Charlotte.
5. DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross: Norcross did not play last week. For the season, Carter has 82 tackles, 43 first hits, 22 tackles behind the line and three sacks. Carter is the consensus No. 1-rated college prospect in Georgia. Norcross is 7-2 and ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.
6. WR Nate Brown, North Gwinnett: Brown had three catches for 37 yards and one touchdown in a 40-7 victory over Mountain View. Brown has caught at least one TD pass in all nine games. For the season, Brown has 44 catches for 765 yards and a state-leading 18 touchdowns. North Gwinnett is 8-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA. Brown is committed to Missouri.
7. Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: Bryant rushed for 358 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in a 46-29 victory over Oconee County. In eight games, Bryant has rushed for 2,318 yards and 39 touchdowns on 230 carries (10.1 ypc) and has 13 catches for 187 yards. North Oconee is 7-2. Bryant is a junior.
8. QB Jaquez Parks, Griffin: Parks was 17-of-25 passing for 236 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-0 victory over Spalding. For the season, Parks is 137-of-191 passing (72 percent) for 1,917 yards and 18 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has rushed for more than 650 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. Parks has an offer from Air Force and is being recruited by Harvard, Yale and Clemson. He has a 3.8 GPA. Griffin is 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA.
9. RB/DB Mike Rogers, Campbell: Campbell did not play last week. Rogers leads Class AAAAAA in rushing with 1,644 yards on 174 carries (9.4 ypc). He has 80 tackles, 804 return yards, three interceptions and four forced fumbles. Campbell is 4-5 and will not make the playoffs.
10. QB Chandler Burks, South Paulding: Burks was 8-of-15 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over Paulding County. He rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. For the season, Burks is 128-of-191 passing for 2,002 yards and 20 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has rushed for 1,084 yards and 15 touchdowns on 118 carries. Burks, who is 5 feet, 10 inches and 180 pounds, has committed to Kennesaw State.
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