Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 Simone Award Candidates

The Simone Award
This past week the finalists for the Simone Awards was announced.  The only representitive from the Sunflower League for any of the awards was Olathe Northwest's Willie Cauley, who is a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award which is given annually to the top Wide Receiver  in the KC Metro.  Here are the candidates below with my commentary in italics.

The Simone Award
Evan Boehm, Lee's Summit West, Offensive Line
Montel Cozart, Bishop Miege, Quarterback
Connor Harris, Blue Springs, Quarterback
Morgan Steward, Staley, Running Back

The Fontana Award (top small-class player)

Antwynn Beavers, Liberty North, Jr., runningback
Krae Kelso, Platte County, Sr., quarterback
Colin Murphy, Basehor-Linwood, Sr., quarterback
Gabe Vandiver, Richmond, Sr. runningback

The Otis Taylor Award (top wide receiver)
Jaron Alexander, Grandview, Sr., wide receiver
Willie Cauley, Olathe Northwest, Sr., wide receiver
Deiondre’ Hall, Blue Springs, Sr., wide receiver
Tre Parmalee, Bishop Miege, Sr., wide receiver

Congratulations to Willie Cauley for being named a finalist for this award.  He is the one of ONLY two Kansas finalist for any of the big-class awards.  Cauley certainly deserves the attention after an outstanding season where he caught 64 passes for over 1,200 yards and 15 TDs. 

Buck Buchanan Award (top linebacker/lineman)
Evan Boehm, Lee’s Summit West, Sr., offensive line
Nathanael Lohn, Staley, Sr., defensive end
Michael Rose, Rockhurst, Sr., linebacker
Tony Tanumai, Fort Osage, Sr., defensive tackle

Bobby Bell Award (top small-class defensive player)
Jorge Belcher, O’Hara, Sr., linebacker
Colby Bowers, Richmond, Sr., offensive/defensive line
Travis Britz, Harrisonville, Sr., defensive end
Brandon Goodman, Paola, Sr., linebacker


Govannon Grey said...

A couple things. First as just a point of Fact Montel Cozart is a Kansas player up for a big class award- The Simone.

Second, I totally agree with the nepotism thing with the Simone, and I think the best example of that- which Tod Palmer mentioned- was when Zach Rampy won the simone. Zach Rampy was an Excellent HS quarterback, He had a state championship and only lost 2 games as a starting QB and have/had most of BV's QB records. However, the guy that should have won that year was Derrick Washington from Ray-Pec. This kid was the focal point for a team that won 3 state championships in a row when he started (soph-sr years) and was without a doubt the most talented, athletic kid in the area. Sure he ended up not being the best decision maker in life, but he was starting for a BCS conference D-1 School as a true sophomore. Rampy red-shirted at a Emporia state before injuries shortened his career.

Zach Rampy was VERY good. There's no way he was a better football player than Derrick Washington.

Govannon Grey said...

Tre Parmalee is also a Kansan