Who wins Mr. Football?

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    Who wins Mr. Football?

    Of the five finalists, my vote goes for Justin Burke, for the following reasons:

    1: Lex Cath's the only team that will be playing at Papa Johns this weekend that has a Mr. Football candidate. In a short 15 years of football, this season, with Burke's leadership, Lex Cath won their first regional championship, their first semi-state game, and their first trip to the state finals.

    2: Stats: Burke has had a tremendous senior season: 210 of 338, 62.1% completion rate for 3,568 yards, 62 tds and 5 ints. Record 13-1, beating tough teams like Cov Cath, defending state champ Highlands, Scott Co, with one loss to St. X on a last second field goal.

    3: Stats, career: 521 of 847, 61.5% completion rate for 8,513 yards, 120 tds and 16 ints. Record: 33-5. Signature wins include wins over St. X (soph year, 2nd start of his career), defending state champs Boyle Co. (junior year), and others above his senior year.

    4: State Records: Burke broke the record for the most touchdowns in a season at 62 (closest is 58), and still has a game to play. Per NFLHS.com, 62 puts him at 9th in the nation in TDs in a season. He is in second place in KY for consecutive tds at 37, and has thrown a td in every game he has ever started for Lex Cath. He is tied for second place w Chris Todd for total TDs in a career at 120 so far. He will be in the KY record books 16 times, and currently is in the top 10 in three additional categories: career yards passing, career completions, and career percentage passing, all in three years as a starter. This against high school phenom QBs like Tim Couch, Brian Brohm, Lorenzen, Guidugli, and others that have gone on to major college (and pro) careers.

    5: Quotes about Burke: "Justin Burke is a great, great quarterback," Glaser said. "He's hard to contain. If you play the pass, he hurts you with his running. If you play the run, he hurts you with his passing."--Coach Glaser, St. X.

    "Their quarterback makes them a special team, and I know what that's like because I once had a real good young quarterback (current University of Minnesota starting QB Brad Cupito) at McNick. So I know what they're going to try to do with him," Rodenberg said. "We're going to have to disguise things, change some things up and make this kid think as much as possible, and get a rush on him." Coach Rodenberg, Cov Cath.

    6: Expert opinions: Burke has been ranked as high as the fourth best QB in the country, and received D-1 offers from 15 schools, including three SEC schools and three Big 10 schools, ultimately choosing NC State. NC State's QB coach that recruited Justin has 17 years of pro experience coaching the likes of Rich Gannon, the NFL MVP under Trestman's tutelage.

    Last: intangibles. Justin has a 3.9 gpa, which many attribute to his good decision-making in football. His ratio of 120 tds to 16 ints supports this theory. He is a phenomenal leader that makes the team around him better. He has the ability to take charge of a game, and plays with huge heart, as demonstrated in the Highlands game, when he played on a bum knee sustained on the first series of the game.

    I am not sure what all the factors are that go into the Mr. Football decision, but surely the facts above make for a sound case for Burke.
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    Burke, his numbers are 2nd to none and he's the leader of LexCath's first title participant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XM8081
    Of the five finalists, my vote goes for Justin Burke, for the following reasons:

    1: Lex Cath's the only team that will be playing at Papa Johns this weekend that has a Mr. Football candidate. In a short 15 years of football, this season, with Burke's leadership, Lex Cath won their first regional championship, their first semi-state game, and their first trip to the state finals.

    2: Stats: Burke has had a tremendous senior season: 210 of 338, 62.1% completion rate for 3,568 yards, 62 tds and 5 ints. Record 13-1, beating tough teams like Cov Cath, defending state champ Highlands, Scott Co, with one loss to St. X on a last second field goal.

    3: Stats, career: 521 of 847, 61.5% completion rate for 8,513 yards, 120 tds and 16 ints. Record: 33-5. Signature wins include wins over St. X (soph year, 2nd start of his career), defending state champs Boyle Co. (junior year), and others above his senior year.

    4: State Records: Burke broke the record for the most touchdowns in a season at 62 (closest is 58), and still has a game to play. Per NFLHS.com, 62 puts him at 9th in the nation in TDs in a season. He is in second place in KY for consecutive tds at 37, and has thrown a td in every game he has ever started for Lex Cath. He is tied for second place w Chris Todd for total TDs in a career at 120 so far. He will be in the KY record books 16 times, and currently is in the top 10 in three additional categories: career yards passing, career completions, and career percentage passing, all in three years as a starter. This against high school phenom QBs like Tim Couch, Brian Brohm, Lorenzen, Guidugli, and others that have gone on to major college (and pro) careers.

    5: Quotes about Burke: "Justin Burke is a great, great quarterback," Glaser said. "He's hard to contain. If you play the pass, he hurts you with his running. If you play the run, he hurts you with his passing."--Coach Glaser, St. X.

    "Their quarterback makes them a special team, and I know what that's like because I once had a real good young quarterback (current University of Minnesota starting QB Brad Cupito) at McNick. So I know what they're going to try to do with him," Rodenberg said. "We're going to have to disguise things, change some things up and make this kid think as much as possible, and get a rush on him." Coach Rodenberg, Cov Cath.

    6: Expert opinions: Burke has been ranked as high as the fourth best QB in the country, and received D-1 offers from 15 schools, including three SEC schools and three Big 10 schools, ultimately choosing NC State. NC State's QB coach that recruited Justin has 17 years of pro experience coaching the likes of Rich Gannon, the NFL MVP under Trestman's tutelage.

    Last: intangibles. Justin has a 3.9 gpa, which many attribute to his good decision-making in football. His ratio of 120 tds to 16 ints supports this theory. He is a phenomenal leader that makes the team around him better. He has the ability to take charge of a game, and plays with huge heart, as demonstrated in the Highlands game, when he played on a bum knee sustained on the first series of the game.

    I am not sure what all the factors are that go into the Mr. Football decision, but surely the facts above make for a sound case for Burke.
    Wow, good argument. It sure would be hard to beat that.

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    Burke deserves the award. He's had a truly remarkable season.

    Marc Trestman is N.C. State's QB coach? Is he also the offensive coordinator?

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    Burke Should and WILL WIN THE MR. FOOTBALL this guy is unreal he is dynamite every game. I believe he grew up and showed his stuff against St. X even though he lost he put everything on the line. His numbers are great also and he can play for any team in the state and be productive he seams like the type of quaterback from what ive heard makes everyone around him better. This guy will go on to be great in the NCAA and I think we will see him on Sundays if he continues to progress and play. Does anyone no though why he chose NC State was that his best offer or what cause he seems like he could play for any team and teams would want him.

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    Micah Johnson just tightened up the race for Mr. Football with his oral commitment to UK. I like Justin Burke from Lexington Catholic. Outstanding numbers. It is not the statistics that impress me as much as his overall win/loss record and the fact he is playing for the state 3A championship.

    I hope he did not chose North Carolina State just because of Marc Trestman. Trestman will probably not be at NC State next year or at least not in a couple of years. He is a professional coach and came to the college ranks after Nick Saban did not retain him on his staff at Miami. He will be back in the NFL within two years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XM8081
    Of the five finalists, my vote goes for Justin Burke, for the following reasons:

    1: Lex Cath's the only team that will be playing at Papa Johns this weekend that has a Mr. Football candidate. In a short 15 years of football, this season, with Burke's leadership, Lex Cath won their first regional championship, their first semi-state game, and their first trip to the state finals.

    2: Stats: Burke has had a tremendous senior season: 210 of 338, 62.1% completion rate for 3,568 yards, 62 tds and 5 ints. Record 13-1, beating tough teams like Cov Cath, defending state champ Highlands, Scott Co, with one loss to St. X on a last second field goal.

    3: Stats, career: 521 of 847, 61.5% completion rate for 8,513 yards, 120 tds and 16 ints. Record: 33-5. Signature wins include wins over St. X (soph year, 2nd start of his career), defending state champs Boyle Co. (junior year), and others above his senior year.

    4: State Records: Burke broke the record for the most touchdowns in a season at 62 (closest is 58), and still has a game to play. Per NFLHS.com, 62 puts him at 9th in the nation in TDs in a season. He is in second place in KY for consecutive tds at 37, and has thrown a td in every game he has ever started for Lex Cath. He is tied for second place w Chris Todd for total TDs in a career at 120 so far. He will be in the KY record books 16 times, and currently is in the top 10 in three additional categories: career yards passing, career completions, and career percentage passing, all in three years as a starter. This against high school phenom QBs like Tim Couch, Brian Brohm, Lorenzen, Guidugli, and others that have gone on to major college (and pro) careers.

    5: Quotes about Burke: "Justin Burke is a great, great quarterback," Glaser said. "He's hard to contain. If you play the pass, he hurts you with his running. If you play the run, he hurts you with his passing."--Coach Glaser, St. X.

    "Their quarterback makes them a special team, and I know what that's like because I once had a real good young quarterback (current University of Minnesota starting QB Brad Cupito) at McNick. So I know what they're going to try to do with him," Rodenberg said. "We're going to have to disguise things, change some things up and make this kid think as much as possible, and get a rush on him." Coach Rodenberg, Cov Cath.

    6: Expert opinions: Burke has been ranked as high as the fourth best QB in the country, and received D-1 offers from 15 schools, including three SEC schools and three Big 10 schools, ultimately choosing NC State. NC State's QB coach that recruited Justin has 17 years of pro experience coaching the likes of Rich Gannon, the NFL MVP under Trestman's tutelage.

    Last: intangibles. Justin has a 3.9 gpa, which many attribute to his good decision-making in football. His ratio of 120 tds to 16 ints supports this theory. He is a phenomenal leader that makes the team around him better. He has the ability to take charge of a game, and plays with huge heart, as demonstrated in the Highlands game, when he played on a bum knee sustained on the first series of the game.

    I am not sure what all the factors are that go into the Mr. Football decision, but surely the facts above make for a sound case for Burke.
    Cant argue with that. My vote goes to Mr. Burke as well.

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    Burke is very impressive but Micah Johnson put up some pretty impressive numbers and he is the most coveted recruit coming out of KY... He's been reported as high as #8 on a list of top recruits nationwide.

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    Micah Johnson wins hands down.

    Yes, Burke is a sensational player and has great numbers. But Johnson had all the pub from his national reputation and also put up great numbers. The only thing Johnson didn't do was get his team to the title game. Now, should that play into the vote - maybe so. But will it, I don't think so!

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    Which one has the best chance of playing pro ball someday, Johnson or Burke? That's the one the voters should choose. Both of them has had exceptional high school careers.

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    Burke. But I'm rooting for Drew Ellison (a Colonel can dream, can't he?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XM8081
    Last: intangibles. Justin has a 3.9 gpa, which many attribute to his good decision-making in football.
    Are you saying that Justin's GPA is a result of his decision making on the gridiron??

    FWIW, I think Burke wins this one and rightfully so.

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    Burke Wins it, Hands down in my opinion, I think this kid is a better player on a better team, and more of a leader, he also has alot of intangibles. I think Johnson Lost it with his ejection and the loss to Ocath.

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    I think if you are voting for the best QB in the state then it is Burke. If you are voting for the best football player in the state which I believe that is the intent then you have to give it to Micah Johnson. He excelled on both sides of the ball and could be best in the state at a number of positions. He is also a top ten in the nation player! Burke is great QB but Johnson is the best player in KY.

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    There is no hands down winner, it will be a tough call....

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