Breaking Down 6 Finalists for US Army Player of the Year
High school standouts across the country hoped to see their name land among finalists for the 2013 Hall Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's best football player. Since 2000, the U.S. Army National Player of the Year has received the prize during a dinner banquet before the All-American Bowl Game, held Jan. 4 at the Alamodome.
Past winners of the award include Adrian Peterson, Terrelle Pryor, Chris Leak, Jimmy Clausen and Dorial Green-Beckham. This year's finalists were unveiled Tuesday evening.
Let's take a look at the exceptional credentials that helped these athletes make the final cut.
5-Star QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.)
School: Davidson Day
Credentials: Will Grier has put up video game numbers throughout his entire career, but his senior season has been even more off the charts than usual. The 6'3", 180-pound passer has led Davidson Day to a 12-1 record while leaving opposing defenses in his wake.
Grier has thrown for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns, per MaxPreps. He completes 70 percent of his passes, throwing 11 interceptions along the way.
Opponents must also account for his rushing ability. Grier has gained 1,251 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
College Plans: He committed to Florida last December and will arrive on campus next semester. Grier also garnered offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas.
5-Star RB Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif.)
School: Freedom High School
Credentials: Joe Mixon is among the most versatile players in the nation. The 6'2", 195-pound playmaker carried his squad to a 6-6 record and a North Coast postseason appearance.
He rushed for 1,704 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging more than 7.5 yards per carry, according to MaxPreps. Mixon also did damage in the passing game, catching 12 passes for 205 yards and three scores.
College Plans: Mixon remains uncommitted, considering several options at the next level. Wisconsin, California and Oklahoma are among his top choices.
RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C.)
School: Charlotte Catholic
Credentials: Elijah Hood has been practically uncontainable while propelling his team to an 11-2 record and a postseason run. The running back has surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for the second straight season.
He has 3,119 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns this year, per MaxPreps. Dating back to Oct. 4, Hood hasn't been held below 200 yards in eight straight contests, including three 300-yard efforts.
College Plans: Hood initially committed to Notre Dame in April. However, he changed plans and committed to North Carolina in late August.
4-Star WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La.)
School: Barbe High School
Credentials: Trey Quinn made national history this season, breaking current Missouri star and former Hall Trophy recipient Dorial Green-Beckham's all-time career receiving record. He holds the record with 6,457 yards and still has more playoffs ahead of him.
Quinn has 103 receptions for 1,858 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013, according to MaxPreps. All three of those statistics fall just shy of his junior season numbers (115 catches, 2,141 yards and 26 touchdowns).
College Plans: Quinn committed to LSU in August. He selected the Tigers from an offer list that includes Texas, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Clemson.
5-Star RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga.)
School: Cedartown High School
Credentials: Nick Chubb spent his entire high school career dismantling defenses, and his performance reached a new level of dominance this season. The 5'11", 216-pound running back rushed for 2,683 yards and 41 touchdowns in 11 games, according to MaxPreps.
Chubb churned out at least 250 yards in seven games. He scored at least three touchdowns in every regular-season matchup.
College Plans: Chubb chose Georgia in June. He spurned offers from Florida State, South Carolina, Texas, Miami and Alabama.
4-Star ATH Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland, Ohio)
School: Glenville High School
Credentials: Marshon Lattimore is expected to suit up at cornerback in college, but he is currently a jack-of-all-trades playmaker on state title contender Glenville. He stands out as a threat at receiver, running back and defensive back.
The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect put his versatility on display in a second-round playoff victory over Bedford. Lattimore tallied 137 total yards, a receiving touchdown and an interception, per Cleveland.com.
College Plans: Lattimore is still surveying his options. He is heavily considering Alabama, Oregon, USC and Ohio State.
Predicted Winner: Will Grier
Each member of this list can certainly stake claim to the award, but Grier's eye-popping passing totals separate him from the pack. The Florida commit is just the sixth player to throw 70 or more touchdowns in a season.
Throw in his rushing totals, and it's hard to argue with Grier as the 2013 Hall Trophy winner.
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