Having watched what seems to be almost all of Gardner's games (and I'm sure you've mentioned this somewhere already) what's your thoughts about where he is compared to where Tate and DR are right now? Obviously the college game is very different than High School - but what's your impression so far?
Friday Night Lights 2009: 10-27
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MI QB Devin Gardner
Last week: Inkster defeats Steubenville 36-29. It snapped a multi-year regular season win streak for the Big Red.
Inkster's season seemed over when Steubenville took a 29-28 lead with 1:19 left to play, but Michigan-commitment Devin Gardner completed a 63-yard bomb to Vorheese Zanders with 39 seconds left.
Gardner completed 14 of 25 passes for 275 yards and four TDs. He also ran 11 times for 55 yards and a score.
This week: Inkster (5-3) @ Dearborn Edsel Ford in Round 1 of the State Playoffs.
|Devin Gardner 2009|
|East Kentwood||L 33-52||19||30||389||3||1||63.33||12.97||10||102||2||10.20|
|St. Edward||W 14-7|
|Highland Park||W 27-22||9||16||127||2||2||56.25||7.94||11||74||2||6.73|
|Bay City Central||W 27-20||7||13||132||1||0||53.85||10.15||15||95||1||6.33|
|Muskegon CC||W 34-19||4||9||110||0||0||44.44||12.22||99||1|
|St. Ignatius||L 20-49||1||0||1|
SC QB Conelius Jones
Last week: Spartanburg breaks its losing streak by knocking off Hillcrest, 31-20.
Jones capped Spartanburg’s first possession of the second half with a 45-yard touchdown run to make it 17-0.
“The team had a lot of energy before the game, and we came out (after) halftime with more energy,” said Jones, who had 10 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones photo by Mike Bonner of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
This week: Spartanburg (3-6) @ Boiling Springs.
|Conelius Jones 2009|
MI RB Austin White
Last week: Stevenson pounds Livonia Churchill 42-10.
Stevenson was led by senior Austin White, who rushed for a game-high 211 yards on 19 carries.
This week: Stevenson (7-2) hosts Northville in Round 1 of the State Playoffs. The Spartans rocked Northville 31-0 earlier this season.
|Austin White 2009|
|South Lyon||W 37-0||8||173||3||21.63||0||0||0||-|
|South Lyon East||W 47-20||16||234||5||14.63||0||0||0||-|
TX RB Tony Drake
|Tony Drake 2009|
|Plano East||W 45-19||15||167||1||11.13||0||0||0||-|
|Lake Highlands||W 42-27||19||226||2||11.89||1||6||0||6.00|
TX RB Stephen Hopkins
Last week: Game preview. Marcus falls to Coppell 21-42. Hopkins ran 22 times for 96 yards. For the first time this season, he was kept out of the endzone.
This week: Marcus (4-2) v. Flower Mound at SMU.
|Stephen Hopkins 2009|
|Plano West||W 35-25||28||128||3||4.57|
|Tyler Lee||W 17-7||22||118||1||5.36|
|Southlake Carroll||L 30-41||28||150||1||5.36|
LA Slot WR Drew Dileo
Last week: Parkview Baptist beats West Feliciana 23-7.
Drew Dileo added 50 rushing yards with one TD. He also recovered a fumble to set up one fourth-quarter TD.
...and 1 badass stiff-arm, pictured at right courtesy of The Advocate's John Oubre.
Parkview drove to the WFHS 19 to open the game after a 51-yard kickoff return by Dileo.
This week: Parkview Baptist (6-1) v. Baker.
|Drew Dileo 2009|
|Christian Life||W 60-14||1||50||1||50.00|
|Church Point||W 54-0||2||40||1||20.00|
|Port Allen||W 32-7||11||65||0||5.91||3||92||2||30.67|
|West Feliciana||W 23-7||50||1|
MI WR Ricardo Miller
Last week: Pioneer falls to Dearborn Fordson 21-24.
Pioneer quarterback Miles Sorise threw three first-half touchdown passes -- 31 yards to Brandis Yarrington, 38 yards to Michigan-bound receiver Ricardo Miller and 23 yards to Mark Hugan...
Sorise led Pioneer back on two late drives, finding Miller after he got past a Fordson defensive back who tried to jam him at the line.
This week: Pioneer (7-2) hosts Temperance Bedford in the 1st Round of the State Playoffs. The Pioneers fell to Bedford 21-28 earlier in the season.
|Ricardo Miller 2009|
|Arthur Hill||W 58-20||1||20||0||20.00|
OH WR Jerald Robinson
Last week: Canton South beats(!) Alliance 34-12.
Jerald Robinson also had a 45-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats. Robinson finished with 65 yards on five carries.
This week: Canton South (2-7) @ Carrollton.
MI WR Jeremy Jackson
Last week: Huron beats Ypsilanti 19-13.
This week: Huron (5-4) missed the state playoffs, and Jackson's senior season is over.
OH WR DJ Williamson
Last week: Harding pounds Youngstown East 43-6.
This week: Harding (5-3-1) v. Akron North.
OH OL Christian Pace
Last week: Avon Lake beats Brecksville-Broadview Heights 39-10.
This week: Avon Lake (6-3) @ Amherst-Steele.
OH DT Terry Talbott
Last week: Wayne beats Centerville 42-20.
This week: Wayne (6-3) @ Springfield.
PA DE Ken Wilkins
Ken Wilkins, a Michigan recruit, caught two touchdown passes from Andrew Steratore but the first-team all-state defensive lineman from 2008 hasn't seen much time on defense.
This week: Trinity (3-5) v. Ringgold.
PA DE Jordan Paskorz
"Tackle Joe Raimondi and tight end Jordan Paskorz [a Michigan recruit] have really stepped it up," DeMatteo said. "Both have done a fantastic job on the offensive line."
This week: Hampton (4-4) v. Highlands.
OH LB Antonio Kinard
Last week: Liberty falls to Howland 18-0.
Liberty was lead by Robert Smith-Harris who rushed for 11 yards, and Antonio Kinard who caught a 42 yard pass from Nick Mattocks.
This week: Liberty (4-5) v. Girard.
FL S Marvin Robinson
Last week: Lake Region falls to Lake Gibson 14-51. Robinson is out with an injury.
This week: Lake Region (0-7) v. George Jenkins.
OH CB Courtney Avery
Lexington senior quarterback Courtney Avery completed 12 of 19 passes for 171 yards and one TD in a steady rain. He also scored on a shifty 25-yard run for a 10-0 lead at the half.
This week: Lexington (6-3) v. Ashland.
OH CB Terrence Talbott
Last week: Wayne beats Centerville 42-20.
This week: Wayne (6-3) @ Springfield.
WI P Will Hagerup
Last week: Whitefish Bay loses to Milwaukee Lutheran, 21-28.
This week: Whitefish Bay (5-4)
2011 OH CB Greg Brown
Last week: Ross dominates Lima Senior 45-17.
The scoring onslaught began with Brown, whose 6-yard TD capped an 8-play, 48-yard scoring drive on the Little Giants' first possession of the second half.
Full stats updated when the Fremont Ross Football website posts them.
This week: Ross (5-4) @ Sandusky.
|Greg Brown 2009|
|Benedictine||W 28-21 (OT)||6||99||1||16.50|
|Findlay||L 40-43 (3OT)||8||122||1||15.13||0||0||0||-|
|Marion Harding||L 0-21||0||0||0||-||4||13||0||3.25|
He's between Robinson and Tate in terms of ability to run (worse than the former, but better than the latter) and pass (opposite). He doesn't have top-flight speed like Robinson, nor will he ever be as accurate a passer as Tate.
However, he definitely seems to have a special intensity and (choke me for using this term) "it factor" that will make him the best of the three down the road. After a bit of development, he should be one hell of a player.
Should it be alarming that a lot of our defensive commits are not getting as many snaps on the defensive side of the ball? Or is this merely a result of smaller high school rosters necessitating multiple roles skewing towards the offensive side of things?
I don't follow HS football at all, but is it common for a guy that has to be your best defensive player to not play much defense? Why would that be, especially when many players play both ways?
This was a bit troubling for me as well. On most teams the stud players usually play both ways (except QBs, but even sometimes they will).
The only thing I can think of is that they have conditioning issues and the team needs them more on O.
Eh, that's not necessarily true in all areas of the country, especially at bigger programs.
Wondering that exact same thing. The bigger issue for us is that he is not spending a season playing at a need position for us. He may not come out of HS with the best technique, but he is at least playing the position to get more reps.
Can somebody (Shredder) please MS Paint a winged helmet on that picture of Drew Dileo (and make the other guy a buckeye) and make that the new banner for the website?
I was a little shocked to read that Miller only has 14 catches on the year. Is this indicative of their qb not getting him the ball, their offensive system focusing on the run, or him not getting open?
This has been discussed at length in front-page pasts. Pioneer's QB is horrible.
Tim or Tom VH - is there any insight as to why Wilkins coach is playing him primarily on offense this year rather than defense? Seems weird considering it says he was an all-state performer at DE.
These guys are racking up the yards. Especially in closer games, which is more telling of who stepped up and performed when the game was on the line. Their averages are obscene, but these numbers happen with high school backs. The competition should be the best, however, with the two texas backs who are still performing quite well.
I'm most impressed, however, with Tony Drake who seems to get, on average, fewer carries than either of the other two but still seems to get a good amount of yards. This could be a product of the dominant offensive line from Skyline, but you can't help but take notice on what he's doing with fewer opportunities.
Props to DG, btw. Came up big against a goliath of an opponent and performed well in the clutch.
Just a thought... I wonder, given the issues with DBs, whether there is potential for Conelius Jones to eventually emerge as either a DB or WR. We can all agree, I am certain, that's he's a project at the QB position. I have a feeling that he's a guy that given Brian's "throw them into the blender and see who comes out where sentiment" that he's a guy who very well could come in as a quarterback but leave as a DB or WR. Another possibility, considering his size and body structure, is that he could fill into a speed outside linebacker. He definitely has the size and athleticism that make up a good defensive skill player, but I'm not aware of him playing any snaps on defense during his high school career. Just something that I've been thinking about.
I hope that Inkster makes it to Ford Field I would definitely go see them play if they make it.