You vote, you decide…who had Ohio’s best individual offensive performance in 2013? Below are the nominees for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Offensive Football Player of the Year. The choices are impressive…and it’s up to you who wins.
Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Offensive Player of the Year
Last year the Ohio National Guard sponsored statewide year-end Team and Player of the Year awards. This season there’s a new wrinkle. In addition to the ONG Team of the Year Award, JJHuddle and the National Guard will now present TWO individual Ohio Player of the Year honors: one for Offense and one for Defense. Here are the details…
Voting for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio HS Football Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will begin Tuesday (Dec. 10) and end Tuesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve).
Voting will be conducted in special JJHuddle forums and will cease at noon on Tuesday, December 24. Winners will be announced then.
The winner will receive a Commemorative Banner from the Ohio National Guard and JJHuddle.
Grant Sherman, sr., QB, Kenton (VOTE)
Senior QB completed record-setting career by establishing national records for single-season completions (438) and single-game completions (56). He also finished fifth in Ohio history in both career passing yardage (10,861 yards) and career passing TDs (122). Sherman’s 5,886 yards this season ranks No. 2 all-time for a single-season in state history behind fellow Kenton ace Ben Mauk’s 6,540 yards (in 2002). His 66 TDs is fourth in state history for a single-season behind Ben Mauk (76 in 2002) and Maty Mauk (69 in 2010 and 68 in 2011). Sherman broke his own national high school record for completions in a game (47) with 56 (on 78 attempts) in the Wildcats 46-43 win over Bryan in the D-IV Region 12 final. Sherman’s 665 passing attempts this season is No. 3 nationally all-time behind Ben Mauk’s 2001 (674) and 2002 (669) seasons.
Justin Sawmiller, sr., WR, Kenton (VOTE)
Senior WR capped an amazing career by shattering the previous national high school career reception record (358) with 443 catches and finished second all-time nationally in career receiving yardage (6,248 yards). Sawmiller set Ohio records for single-season receptions (156), single-season receiving yards (2,313), career receptions and career receiving yardage. His 24 receptions against Bryan in the D-IV Region 12 final is the second most ever in a game in state history. He has 59 career TD receptions.
DeShone Kizer, sr., QB, TCC (VOTE)
Notre Dame commit was tabbed the AP’s D-III Tri-Offensive Player of the Year after completing 150-of-245 passes for 2,847 yards and 30 TDs. Named Three Rivers Athletic Conference and AP All-Northwest District Offensive Player of the Year as well.
A.J. Ouellette, sr., RB, Covington (VOTE)
Senior RB turned in one of Ohio’s top 30 single-season rushing efforts ever (ranks 28th) with 2,535 yards en route to leading the Buccs to the regional finals. In the regional finals, Ouellette ran for 205 yards and two TDs in a 35-28 loss to eventual state champion Marion Local. In addition to breaking his own single-season school rushing record (he ran for 2,434 yards last season), Ouellette set school records for rushing yards in a game (359), TDs in a game (six) and longest punt return for a TD (97 yards). Ouellette’s 95 career TDs ties for 10th place in state history, while his 660 career points (also kicks) ties for 6th best all-time in state history.
Conner Krizancic, sr., QB, Mentor (VOTE)
The co-AP D-I Offensive Player of the Year made a huge splash as a first-year QB. Recruited (and committed) to Cincinnati as a WR, Krizancic completed 229-of-378 passes for 3,230 yards and 32 TDs en route to leading Mentor to the D-I state final. He threw just three INTs in 15 games. Krizancic also ran 212 times for 1,447 yards and 25 TDs. In the state final, a 55-52 loss to Moeller, Krizancic set D-I finals records for attempts (55), completions (36) and yards (419).
Joe Burrow, jr., QB, Athens (VOTE)
Junior QB was recently named the Gatorade Ohio High School Player of the Year after leading Athens to its second straight regional final appearance. Last season Burrow threw for 3,239 yards and 47 TDs. This year he threw for 3,732 yards and 47 TDs. The last two years combined, Burrows has added 1,425 rushing yards and 22 TDs. Basically, he’s accounted for 116 TDs in 26 games.
Bayle Wolf, sr., RB, Clinton-Massie (VOTE)
Senior RB ended one of the most successful high school careers in state history by moving into fifth place on the all-time Ohio career TD list with 111. Wolf scored three TDs against Cardinal Mooney in the D-III state final to pass CAPE graduate Carlos Snow and into fifth place. Only Chauncey Dover’s Hubert Bobo, Wyoming’s Richard Hall, Akron Hoban’s Tyrell Sutton and Troy’s Ryan Brewer have more TDs in Ohio history than Wolf. His 102 Rushing TDs ranks No. 7 all-time. Wolf, who led Massie to back-to-back D-IV state titles, has 5,471 career rushing yards.
Austin Schimmoeller, sr., QB, Bryan (VOTE)
Two-time NWOAL Player of the Year was named AP All-Northwest District D-IV player of the Year after throwing for 2,883 yards and 36 TDs and rushing for 966 yards and 19 TDs. Last season, Schimmoeller threw for 2,315 yards and 21 TDs and ran for 1,349 yards and 24 scores. In two seasons, he accounted for 100 TDs.
Gus Ragland, sr., QB, Moeller (VOTE)
The co-AP D-I Offensive Player of the Year had a remarkable season (and state final) as a first-year starter. Ragland, the GCL South and AP All-Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year, finished the season with 2,058 yards passing and 22 TDs and 1,674 yards rushing and 30 TDs. In the D-I final, a 55-52 win over Mentor, Ragland accounted for eight TDs, including a D-I and all finals record-tying five rushing TDs. He threw for 273 yards and three TDs and ran for 189 yards and five TDs.
Eddie Miller, sr., QB, Wheelersburg (VOTE)
Two-time AP All-Southeast District D-V Offensive Player of the Year. Threw for 2,691 yards passing for 30 TDs and ran for 1,310 yards and 17 TDs en route to leading Wheelersburg to its first regional final since 1998. This season, Miller broke all his own school single-season records for total offense (3,109), passing yards (2,208) and passing TDs (24). In two years Miller has accounted for 7,110 total yards and 86 TDs.
Brody Hoying, jr., QB, Coldwater (VOTE)
Junior QB plays in the best conference in the state and was named the Midwest Athletic Conference, AP All-Northwest District and AP D-V Ohio Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named first team All-MAC as a DB. On offense, Hoying led Coldwater to its second straight D-V state title by finishing the season with 1,858 yards rushing and 33 TDs and 1,903 yards passing and 21 TDs. Said Coldwater head coach Chip Otten: “Brody makes it go. Relatively speaking he’s like a Braxton Miller at Ohio State. He can make plays out of plays that shouldn’t go anywhere.”
Adam Bertke, sr., QB, Marion Local (VOTE)
Pitt commit completed the trifecta by leading Marion local to a third straight Ohio small school state championship in his third year as the Flyers starting QB. Although Bertke missed a few games midseason with a broken bone in his throwing hand, he returned in time to lead the Flyers to their seventh state title – most ever for an Ohio public school. In the championship game Bertke threw for a TD and ran for two more.
Jamal Johnson, sr., RB, New Philadelphia (VOTE)
Senior RB capped one of the state’s top careers ever by finishing No. 7 in state history in career rushing yards with 7, 018. Averaged 163.4 yards a game over his career and finished with 88 career TDs (No. 17 in state history), 80 of which came via the run (13th in state history). This season Johnson carried the ball 247 times for 1,963 yards and 26 TDs. He scored 30 TDs total.
Colby Speice, sr., QB, Wayne Trace (VOTE)
Senior QB had one of the most prolific single seasons in state history. Speice threw for 64 TDs, which ranks tied for fifth all-time in Ohio history, and 4,949 yards, which ranks sixth all-time in state history (and is also the highest total not produced by a Kenton QB). Speice led the Raiders to their first regional title and state championship appearance. Just for good measure, he ran for 543 yards and 11 TDs and was second on his team in tackles (105.5) and first in TFL (19).
Parris Campbell, sr., RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (VOTE)
Ohio State recruit may not have scored a TD in the Irish’s 24-0 win over Trotwood-Madison in the D-III state final, but he did score something significant. Needing 30 yards to set SVSM’s single-season rushing record, Campbell ran for 58. He finishes the season with 1,644 yards and 22 TDs. Campbell’s numbers aren’t overly impressive until you consider he only carried the ball 167 times and averaged a first down (9.8 yards) every time he touched it. Campbell also returned three punts for TDs and had TDs via kickoff return and pass reception. He had over 2,000 all-purpose yards and 29 total TDs en route to helping the Irish win back-to-back state titles.