|Matt Elliott. PrepsKC.|
Position: Defensive Back
Weight: 185 lbs.
Stat to Note
With Olathe South facing a 4th and 10 in the fourth quarter of 2011 state title game, Elliott caught a wheel route out of the backfield and took the ball 24 yards for a first down. The first down led to a game-winning touchdown several plays later.
Elliott is a hard kid to plan for because he impacts the game in so many different ways. Last season on defense he had 33 tackles and four interceptions including one return for a touchdown. On offense he added 561 receiving yards, 389 rushing yards and combined for six touchdowns. He also added a kick return touchdown and a punt return touchdown.
He's clearly one of the most versatile returning players in the Sunflower League, and his contributions to Olathe South will be essential for them to repeat as Class 6A champions. With the loss of the Falcon's top receiving threat, Drew Johnson, to graduation, it will be interesting to see if Elliott has an increased workload at the receiver position, or if he'll maintain a healthy balance between catching passes and running the football.
Regardless of how Olathe South uses him next season he's going to be one of the most exciting players to watch in 2012 as he works to bring the title to Olathe South in consecutive seasons.