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2009 Player of the Year Predictions – 3A

The 2008 season saw two unlikely (and first-time) State Champions in Carthage and Prosper.  But seeing as both these teams were senior dominated and we’re talking about 2009 MVP’s we’ll have to look to so other programs for possible Players of the Year.  In 3A, the quarterback position will most likely provide our POY.

First up, 3A Division I State Semifinalist Cuero is returning Tyler Arndt for his senior year.  Arndt is my odds on favorite to be named Player of the Year for one reason.  Look at the program.  The Gobblers are graduating a lot of talent (Jake Rangnow & Robert Armstrong) and half of the linemen from 2008 are on the way out as well.  But make no doubt that Head Coach Mark Reeve has the next crop of playmakers ready to go.  Reeve has consistently produced great teams that go deep into the playoffs every year.  With Arndt returning along with soon-to-be Sophomore Trent Jackson at Running Back, the Gobblers offense won’t skip a beat.

The other quarterback that’s on my watch list has already made headlines across the state.  Graham’s Case McCoy, who recently committed to the University of Texas, is returning for his senior year with the Steers.  It will be McCoy’s fourth year at starting QB under the guidance of his Head Coach father.  History has shown that most kid’s that start 4 years at quarterback end their career with a pretty good season.  We’ll see if the elder McCoy has built a good team for Case to lead into the postseason, but they will have a tough time getting there in district 2-3A.  McCoy will run away with the district 2-3A district MVP title, but capturing the Offensive Player of the Year will be difficult considering the competition he’ll have to face.

Other possible 2009 Player of the Year Candidates are; Running Back Corbin Green who lead Bridgeport to an undefeated regular season, 1-3A MVP Tae Richerson from Lubbock Cooper who’s coming back for a Junior campaign, and Silsbee QB Jeremy Johnson who’s already getting tons of looks (and offers) from D-1 programs.

Undoubtedly, there will be a complete surprise that will show up by week three that will catch our eye, but that’s why we’re here!  I can’t wait for 2009 to get here!

Eric Wiede
Lone Star Gridiron

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