Davidson Day QB Will Grier was named Mr. Football USA, as selected by a five-member panel of Student Sports football experts. The award signifies Grier as the nations top high school player.
Former Independence QB Chris Leak won the award in 2002. Mr. Football has been awarded since 1970. Past winners include Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (2005), former NFL QB Vince Young (2001), former Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks (1990), Broncos QB Peyton Manning (1993) and running backs Emmitt Smith (1986), Herschel Walker (1979), Eric Dickerson (1978) and Marcus Allen (1977).
Grier is the second Mecklenburg County player to earn a national player of the year award this year. Charlotte Catholics Elijah Hood, a North Carolina recruit, was named U.S. Army All-American national player of the year earlier this month.
Grier threw for 4,989 yards and a N.C. record 77 touchdowns this year. He finished his career with 14,565 yards, second only in state history to Leaks 15,593. Grier threw 195 career touchdown passes, breaking Leaks mark of 185.
Like Leak, Grier will play college football at Florida.
Cross-country: Providence Days Huffman named N.C. runner of the year
Providence Day boys cross-country runner Ben Huffman is the N.C. Gatorade boys cross-country runner of the year.
Huffman, a 6-foot-1 senior, won the N.C. Independent Schools state title with a time of 15 minutes, 24.39 seconds. He led the Chargers to the team state title as well. Also named All-Observer runner of the year, Huffman finished second at the Foot Locker South Regionals and finished 22nd at the national Foot Locker event.
Huffman is a 3.79 GPA student and will attend Harvard in the fall.
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