Tennessee Volunteers Super-Recruit Worley Named Prep Player of the Year



2010 Canadian Football League champion Montreal Alouettes (and legendary former Florida Gators) quarterback Chris Leak helped surprise Justin Worley of Rock Hill, S.C. with the 2010-11 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award today.

Chris, who earned Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year honors in 2002-03 & 2001-02, surprised Justin with this year’s award during his P.E. class at Northwestern High School.

Justin, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior quarterback, led the Trojans to a 15-0 record and the Class 4A-II state title. He committed to playing college football for the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Worley passed for 5,315 yards and 64 touchdowns, completing 429-of-590 attempts (72.7 percent) while throwing just 11 interceptions. A 2010 Shrine Bowl selection and a 2010 South Carolina Mr. Football finalist, he became the state’s single-season leader in touchdown passes this season, breaking the mark set by two-time Gatorade South Carolina Football Player of the Year Willy Korn (53, 2005-07) in 2005.

For more information about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, please visit http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest webzine. He’s also a regular contributor to the Tribune’s Chicago Now network, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

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