Saturday, June 16, 2012

2012 Player Spotlights: Brad Strauss

Brad Strauss.  Lawrence Journal World.
Brad Strauss

Position: Quarterback/Safety
Height: 6-foot-1 
Weight: 185 lbs.
Year: Senior

Stat to Note
Last season Strauss was a First Team All-Sunflower League selection as a quarterback and as a defensive back.

Scouting Report
There's no way around it--expectations are sky high for Strauss as he enters his senior campaign with the Chesty Lions.  The 2012 season will be his third as the starting quarterback for Lawrence High and if can build on his numbers from the last two seasons he will not only be the top player in the Sunflower League, but he'll also be in contention for the Simone Award.  And perhaps more importantly, Lawrence High will be among the league's elite.

In his first year as the starting quarterback in 2010, Strauss, then just a sophomore, helped LHS to a 3-6 record just a season after they finished 1-8.  That year he passed for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 603 yards and five touchdowns.  He came back huge in 2011, passing for 1,554 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushing for 707 yards and 11 touchdowns (not to mention being one of the top defensive backs in the league) in an injury-shortened season.  LHS qualified for the playoffs and went 6-4.

Looking ahead to this fall it's hard to downplay the impending "make or break" season Strauss and LHS program will have riding on their shoulders.  The Chesty Lions head coach, Dirk Wedd, has described Strauss as a once-in-a-lifetime type of player, and Strauss has lived up to that title the past two years.  His senior season, however, will be where his true legacy is engraved.  If he can stay healthy and continue to produce the way he has in the past LHS could be in for a very fun season ahead.

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