The U.S. Army All-American Bowl welcomes Ball Park Franks to this years bowl game. The Ball Park National H.S. Player of the Year will be awarded to the nation's best high school football player.
In 2004 Adrian Peterson, RB, Palestine, TX (shown on the left) was named the National High School Player of the Year. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville, KY and a finalist for the award congratulated Adrian after he won high school football's most prestigious award.
The Ken Hall Trophy awarded to the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year.
Lorenzo Booker, RB, St. Bonaventure High School, CA was awarded the 2002 National Player of the Year.
National H.S. Player of the Year Watch List (Alphabetical Order)
Chris Leak, QB, recipient of the 2003 National Player of the Year.
Jim Kelly, NFL Hall of Fame Inductee was the featured guest speaker at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner.
The 2003 National Player of the Year announced his college decision on ESPN2 during half-time of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Lorenzo Booker, RB, showed the nation why he was the 2002 National Player of the Year recipient as he led the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in rushing yardage.
National H.S. Player of the Year Background
Ball Park National H.S. Player of the Year
The Nation's Best High School Football Player
Ken "Sugarland Express" Hall Tropy
January 14th, 2005
Downtown Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
Here's How It Works:
Step 1: Every high school football athlete is eligible for the award. Athletes are nominated by high school coaches, teammates, and football fans.
Step 2: The list of athletes nominated are then evaluated Ball Park National H.S. Player of the Year Committee.
Step 3: The committee will finalize the list to 12 official nominees.
Step 4: After finalizing the list of nominees the board will meet one final time and narrow the list to the nation's top 4 high school football players.
Step 5: The high school football writers association organized by SportsLink will then be given the opportunity to vote for the winner.
Step 6: The Ball Park National H.S. Player of the Year will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on January 14th, 2005.
Using the Heisman Trophy as a model, a special trophy for the top high school football player in the country was created. The trophy is called the “Hall Trophy” named after Ken “Sugarland Express” Hall, the all-time leading rusher in high school football history (11,232 yards). The Trophy is cast in the likeness of Ken Hall in his 1950’s uniform. The National High School Player of The Year - Hall presentation takes place after the high school season at a formal dinner on the evening before the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The dinner is hosted by the San Antonio Downtown Rotary Club, the largest rotary club in the world. The dinner attracts more than 1,000 guests. The event is covered by the national and local press.
The selection body consists of more than 50 high school writers representing some of the nation’s biggest newspapers. This group comprises the High School Writers Association organized by SportsLink.
Allentown Morning Call, Denver Post, New York Post, San Jose Mercury News, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, New York Times, Seattle Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, ESPN The Magazine, Newark Star Ledger, THSF Magazine, Austin American-Statesman, Ft. Worth Star Telegram Newsday, The Oregonian, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Omaha World-Herald, USA Today, Bergen Record, Houston Chronicle, Orange County Register, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Idaho Statesman, Orlando Sentinel, Virginia Pilot, Charlotte News & Observer, Indianapolis Star, Philadelphia Daily News, Daily Press, Chicago Sun-Times, Iowa City Press Citizen, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cincinnati Enquirer, LA Times, Prep Nation, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miami Herald, Richmond Times Dispatch, Columbus Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal, San Antonio-Express News, Dallas Morning News, Minneapolis Star Tribune, San Diego Union Tribune, Dayton Daily News, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle
Each finalist will be featured with a video clip displayed on the video wall and the winner will be presented with the Hall Trophy. The award ceremony includes Ken “Sugarland Express” Hall, Honorary Game Spokesman Coach Herman Boone, and a featured guest speaker. Past guest speakers at the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner have been NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Kelly and Denver Bronco great Terrel Davis.
Lorenzo Booker, 2002 Naional H.S. Player of the Year, upon receipt of award stated, “The whole buildup has been incredible. I already won the Gatorade (CA) Player of the Year Award, but I really wanted this one” (NFLHS.com)
Past National H.S. Player of the Year Winners
2001 National H.S. Player of the Year
Cardinal O'Hara High School
The most highly-rated recruit in Virginia Tech history out of Cardinal O’Hara (Chester, Pa.) High.
His 5,878 career rushing yards rank second all-time in Philadelphia history and first in Catholic League history.
Scored 84 career touchdowns and stands as the leading scorer in Delaware County history.
Rushed for 1,268 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, despite missing two games with an ankle injury.
Helped the team to the Catholic League championship, scoring four touchdowns in the title game - two on runs, one on a kickoff return and another on a pass reception.
Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and won the first-ever National High School Player of the Year.
Ran for 1,896 yards and 26 touchdowns his junior year and finished with 2,082 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Gained over 600 yards on the ground as a freshman.
Ranked as a national-caliber sprinter in track with times of 10.2 in the 100-meters, 21.2 in the 200-meters and 6.7 in the 60.
COLLEGE: The Lions traded up into the first round in order to get Jones, making him the first running back taken in the first round by the Lions since Barry Sanders in 1989. Despite only playing three years and having to share the rushing load with teammate Lee Suggs (now with the Cleveland Browns) during his first two seasons, Jones rushed for 3,475 yards on 616 carries (5.6 avg.) and 35 touchdowns in 37 games (16 starts). His 3,475 yards and 35 touchdowns both rank second in Virginia Tech history. After he took over the starting role in 2003, Jones exploded for 1,647 yards on 281 carries (5.9 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. A tough, physical runner with blazing speed, Jones had 12 career 100-yard rushing games, including nine as a junior in 2003.
All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association, The Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press and was and All-Big East Conference first-team choice.
Recipient of the Dudley Award, given to the top athlete in the state of Virginia.
Carried 281 times for 1,647 yards (5.9 avg) and 21 touchdowns, breaking the old school season-record of 1,403 yards by Cyrus Lawrence in 1981. Only Lee Suggs (27 in 2000 and 22 in 2002) had more touchdown runs in a season for the Hokies.
Ran for over 100 yards in nine games.
Had the biggest game of his career against Pittsburgh, rushing for 241 yards on 30 carries (8.0 avg.) and four touchdowns, including an 80-yarder.
Closed out his career with 153 yards on 16 runs with an 11-yard touchdown against California in the Insight.com Bowl.
Shared tailback duties with Lee Suggs, carrying 160 times for 871 yards (5.4 avg) and nine touchdowns in 12 games.
Amassed 171 yards on 24 runs with three touchdowns against Marshall, including a 25-yard run up the middle that saw him break five tackles on the way to the end zone.
Freshman All-American second-team selection by The Sporting News, named to the Virginia Division I All-State team and was named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year.
Played in every game as a true freshman, starting the final three games and the Gator Bowl.
Ran for a school freshman season-record 957 yards with five touchdowns on 175 carries (5.5 avg).
Scored his first career touchdown on a seven-yard run against Central Florida.
In his first career start against Temple, he responded with 21 attempts for 155 yards with scores of 11 and 87 yards. His 87-yarder was the longest run ever by a Tech freshman (fourth-longest overall).
Facing one of the premier defenses in the nation against Miami (Fla.), he rushed for 160 yards on 24 attempts.
2002 National H.S. Player of the Year
Saint Bonaventure High School
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 2002...regarded as the nation's top prospect at tailback...Ran for 2,878 yards and 50 touchdowns as a senior...added 16 receptions for 300 yards and three scores...rushed for 3,103 yards and 49 touchdowns as a junior...compiled state records of 8,502 rushing yards and 137 touchdowns during his three-year high school career ...led his team to a 42-0 record during his varsity career...earned Player of the Year honors for the state of California as a junior ...selected Florida State over Notre Dame, USC and Washington.
COLLEGE: Will be an impact player nationally and in the ACC as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield...the ACC Rookie of the Week following his 87-yard rushing, one touchdown performance against North Carolina in his first career game in 2003 ...named the most dependable running back and earned the second effort award for the offense during spring practice in 2004...named to Sporting News 2003 All-ACC Freshmen Team... named the top newcomer on offense by the coaching staff following spring practice in 2003...announced his intentions to attend Florida State live on ESPN on signing day in 2002.
Freshman Year (2003): Played in 10 of FloridaState's 13 games and finished as the Seminoles' third leading rusher with 334 yards behind Greg Jones and Leon Washington...ranked third on the team in rushing touchdowns with three and tied for fifth on the team with three touchdowns scored...lead FSU in rushing for the first time in his career with 35 yards on 12 carries against Notre Dame...led the Seminoles with six catches against Clemson...began the season in a rush with 129 yards on 18 carries (7.2 yards per carry) against North Carolina and Maryland before injuring his knee against the Terps in the second game of the season...rushed for his single game career high of 87 yards and scored his first career touchdown in his first career game against the Tar Heels...touchdown came on a dazzling 21-yard run in the second quarter...also caught four passes for 45 yards and amassed 132 yards of total offense in his debut and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against the Tar Heels... missed the Georgia Tech, Colorado and Duke games with a sprained knee ligament and a sprained ankle...career long rush of 71 yards came in Florida State's victory over NC State to clinch the ACC Championship...scored Florida State's first touchdown against Miami in the Orange Bowl on a nine-yard run in the second quarter ...had three games of 11 or more carries including a career-high against Notre Dame...led Florida State in rushing attempts in victories over North Carolina and Notre Dame.
2003 National H.S. Player of the Year
Independence High School
HIGH SCHOOL: Set national and state prep quarterback records during four year career, while leading his team to three consecutive state championships (2000, 2001, 2002) and 46 straight wins as a three-year captain and four-year starter...Threw a national high school record 185 touchdown passes... Second in national prep history with 15,593 career passing yards...Led Independence to a No. 3 ranking as a senior and No. 6 as a junior in USA Today's Super 25 Poll... Won the prestigious Ken Hall High School Player of the Year Award as a senior...The first two-time winner of the North Carolina's Mr. Football Award... Named to the Class 6A All-State Team three consecutive seasons (2000, 2001, 2002)...MVP of state championship game three consecutive seasons...MVP of the 2003 U.S. Army All- American Bowl...Honor student...Chose Florida over Texas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Iowa, North Carolina and Tennessee... High school coach was Tom Knotts...
COLLEGE: A true freshman who had a 6-3 record as the starting quarterback, the highest winning percentage of any freshman QB in thecountry...Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team...Named The Sporting News SEC Offensive Freshman on the Year; Sporting News All-Freshman Team; Rivals.com Freshman All-American...Named to the Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-America Team...Named SEC Freshman of the Year, the fourth Gator overall to receive the honor and the second Gator QB to claim the title... Other Florida recipients are Emmitt Smith (1987), Danny Wuerffel (1993) and Jabar Gaffney (2000)...Named to the Knoxville News Sentinel SEC All-Freshman Team...Held a 6-1 record in SEC games and was 3-1 vs. Top 15 teams as a starter...Recorded 56 consecutive attempts without a interception (beginning vs. Vanderbilt and extending into the Iowa game)...Started nine games (Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU, Iowa) after seeing time in the QB rotation with Ingle Martin and Gavin Dickey during the first four games...Ranked second in SEC history for a true freshman QB in completions (190), yards (2,435) and touchdowns (16)...Set school records in touchdowns (16) and season passing yardage (2,435) for a true freshman and scored best freshman totals in school history (RS Danny Wuerffel threw for 2,230 yards)...Threw three of the top five passing games, and six of the top 10, by true freshman QBs in UF history...Ranked second nationally among all freshmen in pass efficiency, and ninth among all underclassmen QBs in the country...Became the first freshman QB in school history to beat a Top four opponent with a 16-13 win over No. 4 Georgia...Shattered a UF school record for a starting true freshman quarterback in his first game, leading the Gators to a come-from-behind win, throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns, completing 20-of-35 passes vs. Kentucky...With his 268 passing yards vs. Kentucky, accumulated the then third-highest total in school history by a true freshman QB, in only his first start... With three consecutive road wins over top 11 programs, became only the second freshman QB to beat three Top 15 teams in his rookie season (Kerwin Bell defeated No. 8 Georgia, No. 11 Auburn and No. 12 FSU as a redshirt freshman in 1984)...At eventual national champion LSU, led UF to a convincing 19-7 victory, becoming the second starting true freshman QB to beat a Top 10 opponent (Jesse Palmer started vs. No. 6 Auburn in 1997)...Posted a career-high 273 yards vs. No. 9 FSU while also gaining 48 yards on the ground...Also caught a pass from fellow true freshman Andre Caldwell for a 30-yard gain that set up a Gator TD on the opening drive of the second half...His 273 passing yards vs. FSU were the second highest total in UF history by a true freshman QB...Set a school record with 22 completions vs. FSU, the highest total by a true freshman QB and the fourth highest total by a freshman QB in school history...Tied a school record with 20 completions by a true freshman in a single game vs. Kentucky and Arkansas...Set a then career high with 269 passing yards vs. Arkansas in the Gators win at No. 11 Arkansas...Threw a 69-yarder to WR Carlos Perez at Kentucky, the second longest pass by a Gator in 2003...Accounted for half of UF's first downs vs. South Carolina, throwing seven of his 12 completions for first downs while also rushing for two others...Rushed for the first touchdown by a true freshman QB in the win over Vandy since Donald Douglas scored on a 5-yard run vs. Kentucky in 1989...Had his second rushing touchdown in as many weeks in the win over South Carolina on a 9-yard run, the longest rush by a Gator QB since Jesse Palmer had a 13-yard TD run vs. Kentucky in 2000...Set QB bowl record for longest completion with 70-yard hook-up with Kelvin Kight...Entered the season opener against San Jose State on the Gators third offensive series for his first career action...The first pass of his career was a 31-yard completion to fellow true freshman Andre Caldwell...The Gators scored on four of Leak's seven drives vs. San Jose...In his first game, connected on 10-of-14 passes for 111 yards and his first career TD pass, a 16-yard strike to Kelvin Kight...Completed 9-of-15 passes for 93 yards against Miami and had the Gators inside the Hurricanes 20 in the waning moments of the game...Extremely efficient against Florida A&M, completing 6-of-8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown...Completed 9-of-12 attempts for 76 yards against Tennessee...Was one of seven true freshmen to play in every game...
2004 National H.S. Player of the Year
Palestine High School
No. 1 running back in the nation (TheInsiders.com, PrepStar & SuperPrep) – 2003
First-team All-State - 2002
Rushed for 2,960 on 252 attempts, an average of 11.7 yards per carry, and 32 touchdowns as a senior ... Finished his 2002 campaign with 2,051 yards on 246 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 22 touchdowns ... Announced he would become a Sooner after he scored two touchdowns in the U.S. Army High School All-American Game ... Led the West squad with 95 yards on nine carries ... All-star game rushing total included a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter ... Participated in the game with fellow Sooner signees Rhett Bomar, Lendy Holmes, Chris Patterson and Marcus Walker ... Runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... Posted bench press mark of 295 and squats of 480 pounds ... Coached by Jerry Harrell ... Also competed in track and field and basketball ... Born: March 21, 1985 ... Parents: Nelson and Bonita Peterson.
2005 National H.S. Player of the Year
Palestine High School
No. 2 prospect in the nation (Scout.com) – 2005
First-team All-State - 2004
Arguably, the No. 1 prospect in the nation for 2004 and one of the most elite recruits in recent history ... A five-star All-American by Scout.com ... A dominating playmaker called by many as the most dangerous offensive weapon in the nation ... Was nearly impossible to contain during his career ... Considered to have the strongest arm in the country with a quick release and pinpoint accuracy ... Can roll out and throw on the run flawlessly ... Breakaway speed with incredible agility ... Racked up a Louisiana high school record 5,006 total yards of offense as a senior, including 3,546 yards passing and 1,460 yards rushing ... Accounted for 67 total touchdowns (30 passing, 37 rushing) in 2004 ... Had one of the most dominating high school careers in state history totaling 12,705 yards of offense (9,025 passing; 3,680 rushing), which ranks as second all-time ... Ranks fourth on the state's all-time passing list ... Had 155 total touchdowns (84 passing, 71 rushing) in four years ... Totaled 21 tackles and two interceptions on defense ... Returned punts of 50 and 65 yards for touchdowns ... Accounted for 495 yards of offense in his final high school game versus Evangel in the state playoffs ... Three-sport athlete who plays shooting guard for the basketball team and centerfield for the baseball team ... Timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.48 seconds ... Coached by Larry Dauterive.