Published Wed, Sep 26, 2012 6:48 pm
Updated Thu, Sep 27, 2012 1:14 pm
Quarterbacks have been carrying offenses in the TVC-Ohio in 2012, as the conference boasts three quality Player of the Year cadidates. Athens signal-caller Joey Burrow has torched defenses in the first five weeks despite being only a sophomore. Nelsonville-York quarterback Joe Young has brought stability under center after the Buckeyes shaky start. Finally, Gage Miller of Alexander has done, well, just about everything for the Spartans. He has seen playing time at quarterback, running back and wide receiver so far this season, making him a unique triple threat for teams to worry about. Here is more about the candidates from our reporters.
Joey Burrow: By Kaleb Carter
Joe Young and the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes entered the season with high expectations in TVC-Ohio, but started the season slow. After the arrival of Joe Young at quarterback, they got back on the right track.
After starting off 0-2, Young stepped in and led the team to three straight victories. In that time span, Young has dismantled opposing defenses and brought the team to average 54.3 points per game.
In only three games, Young has completed eight of his 19 pass attempts for 107 yards, including three touchdown strikes. Those numbers have already landed him on the leaderboard for TVC-Ohio as one of the league’s top passers. To complement his throwing ability, he has also carried the ball 17 times for a total of 294 yards and five touchdowns. That’s good for sixth on the rushing leaderboard of the league.
He’s doing this without many attempts, as his 17 carries are fewest among the top rushers and half the amount of carries the next rusher has.
His five rushing touchdowns are the most touchdowns on the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes, and the fourth-most in the TVC-Ohio.
Since he joined the team, it has shown that he is one of the most valuable players in TVC-Ohio, turning the Buckeyes around immediately and making a big statement in the process.
Gage Miller: By Chad Troyan
If you’re looking for a versatile player for a candidate to be named Player of the Year look no further than Alexander’s Gage Miller.
Miller, a senior and wildcat-esque player, poses problems to opposing defenses. Through the first five games of the season, he has been productive under center, on the ground and through the air.
At quarterback, Miller has complete eight of eleven passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. When Miller is not tossing, he’s catching the ball, accounting for 22 receptions for 308 yards and two touchdowns.
The area where he’s excelled the most is on the ground, accounting for 372 yards on 39 carries and scoring 6 times. His production has accounted for 50.53 percent of the Spartan’s total yards thus far, proving just how important he is to Alexander’s offense.
As if his offensive production wasn’t impressive enough Miller also plays safety for the Spartans too. According to Head Coach Sean Arno, he is among players leading the team in tackles as well.
Alexander’s Miller is showing that he can do just about everything and deserving of a closer look for this year’s Player of the Year.