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Player of the Year Watch

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 10/17/19, 1:00PM CDT


Check out the 810 Varsity Player of the Year Watch!

Read the first Player of the Year Watch for the 810 Varsity Player of the Year. Other watch lists ahead will include Small Class Player of the Year and others...

1. Arland Bruce IV, Olathe North

  • Running back, Junior
  • Olathe North: 5-1
  • 1,234 rushing yards, 21TDs in 5 games
  • 134+ yards and multiple TDs each game
  • 206 rushing yards, 3.5+ TDs per game

Last week (1): 318 rushing yards, 5 TDs; 35 passing yards, 1 TD in 77-49 W over SME

Analysis: A big game and win over Lawrence to win Sunflower League will put Bruce IV as definitive frontrunner. 

2. Tank Young, St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Running Back, Junior
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 6-0
  • 940 rushing yards, 16 TDs
  • 9.7 yards per carry, 156.7 yards per game

Last Week (3): 199 rushing yards, 2 TDs in 28-21 win over St. James.

Analysis: A big game against Miege will push Young towards frontrunner. The favorite entering the season hasn't had the same Tank numbers from last year, but is barely getting 10 carries a game - just 53 for the year! If Young gets more carries and in big games ahead, he'll remain near the top.

3. Jake Van Dyne, Liberty North

  • Quarterback, Senior
  • Liberty North: 7-0
  • 1,361 passing yards, 12 TDs, 1 INTs

Last Week (3): 119 passing yards, TD, W 31-14 over Blue Springs

Analysis: Best player on the best team may be the case this year, and Van Dyne has been that for Missouri's best so far.  Last week's win over Blue Springs helps.

4. Devin Neal, Lawrence

  • Running Back, Junior
  • Lawrence: 6-0
  • 843 rushing yards, 14 TDs; 360 rec yards , 4 TDs
  • 200 total yards, 3 TDs per game

Last Week (9): 183 rushing yards, 3 TDs in 40-21 win over SM South

Analysis: The Lions are 6-0, and the top rusher on an undefeated run in the Sunflower League would earn merit for sure. 

5. Johnny Wilson, Park Hill

  • Defensive End, Senior
  • Park Hill: 6-1
  • 63 tackles, 18 for loss
  • 10 sacks, 3 hurries

Last Week (5):  3 sacks,  3 hurries, 4 TFL W  21-20 at BSS

Analysis: Park Hill boasts arguably the top defense in the city, and with the offense not putting up numbers, if the Trojans have a monster year, then the defensive leader will be a candidate. Mikey Miles or James Gore also deserve mention - can the Park Hill defense just be the candidate?

6. Luke Grimm, Raymore-Peculiar

  • Wide Receiver, Senior
  • Ray-Pec: 5-2
  • 345 rushing yards, 5 TDs
  • 503 receiving yards, 7 TDs
  • 99-yard kickoff TD return at Blue Springs

Last Week (6): 70 rushing yards , 116 receiving yards, 2 TDs , W 47-7 vs Platte County

Analysis: Win over Blue Springs helped push Grimm up the list, scoring 3 TDs in the 41-29 win. A run in the postseason would help Grimm's case.

7. Gabe Shanklin, Raymore-Peculiar

  • Running, Senior
  • Raymore-Peculiar:  5-2
  • 929 rushing yards, 12 TDs; 142 receiving yards, 1 TD
  • 133 yards per game

Last Week (NR): 231 rushing yards, 3 TDs in 47-7 win vs PC 

Analysis: Ray-Pec strong surge has been helped by Shanklin (and Grimm and Hawley). Grimm and Shanklin could take away from each other in the end.

8. Jeremy Brown, North Kansas City

  • Running Back, Junior
  • North Kansas City: 7-0
  • 934 rushing yards, 12 TDs

Last Week (8): 153 rushing yards, 2 TDs; W 38-35 at Hickman

Analysis: Brown needs to continue to have big games, though shares carries with another 100 ypg running back in Brandon Hall. If NKC can break through in the playoffs out of districts and another round, Brown surely will have been a centerpiece - and a mover and shaker on the list.

9. Ty Black, Shawnee Mission Northwest

  • Quarterback, Junior
  • SMNW: 5-1
  • 1,544 passing yards (257 yards per game)
  • 13 TDs to 4 INTs

Last Week (6): 243 passing yards, 1 TDs, 1 INT, W, 42-20 at ONW

Analysis: The win over SM East was big for SMNW, and Black. Continuing as the schedule toughens will strengthen Black's position near the top.

10. Brison Cobbins, Bishop Miege

  • Running Back, Senior
  • Bishop Miege: 5-1
  • 699 rushing yards, 14 TDs
  • 8 TDs last two games in wins over Rockhurst, BV

Last Week (NR): 118 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 41-23 win vs BV

Analysis: A big game and win over Aquinas would be needed to really vault into contention. Otherwise, in mix for Small Class Player of Year...


QB Darrius Pearsall, Lee's Summit (LW: 17)
RB Brandon Hall, North Kansas City (LW: 12)
RB Tyler Bowden, Free State (LW: NR)
QB Timothy Dorsery, Bishop Miege (LW: 11)
WR Daniel Jackson, Bishop Miege (LW: NR)
WR Ty Lindeman, SM Northwest (LW: 15)
ATH Teven McKelvey, Gardner-Edgerton (LW: 16)
RB Tony Friends, SM East (LW: NR)
QB Matthew Suchanick, Park Hill South (LW: 18)

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