David Sims, a quarterback who dominates as both a runner and a passer from Calhoun County High (St. Matthews, S.C.), has been tabbed as the latest ESPN RISE National Football Player of the Week.
A commit to the University of Kentucky, Sims, who sits just outside the ESPNU 150, accounted for eight touchdowns in a game last Friday. He rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, threw for more than 200 yards and four scores, and returned an interception 40 yards to the house for his eighth touchdown in Calhoun County's 63-14 rout of Blacksburg, the Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports.
The easy win improved Calhoun County's record to 11-0 and advanced the team one step further in the South Carolina state playoffs.
Sims, a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder, passed for 1,492 yards and 19 TDs as a junior and rushed for 895 yards and 11 more scores.
The rest of this week's ESPN RISE regional football players of the week follow:
East Region Football Player of the Week
Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass.)
The senior running back piled up 300 yards rushing and scored five times as Norton defeated Millis 42-12. It was the second straight reported 300-yard game for Ryan, who had 303 the week before. Ryan scored on runs of 70, 46, 3 and 68 yards and caught a 15-yard TD pass. He improved his season total to 28 TDs (second-highest in the state, according to lists on the Boston Globe Web site) heading into a big game against Medway. Norton enters that game at 8-1 with Medway at 9-0.
Southeast Region Football Player of the Week
David Sims (Calhoun County, St. Matthews, S.C.)
Also named ESPN RISE National Player of the Week.
Midwest Region Football Player of the Week
Joe Glendening (East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Mich.)
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior tailback played only the first half of a 61-19 state Division 3 district final win over Mt. Pleasant (9-2). But it was a half he will never forget. He carried 16 times for 398 yards and seven touchdowns on runs of 58, 34, 52, 52, 2, 70 and 46 yards. His first score came on the Pioneers' first offensive play, and his second came on the team's third play from scrimmage. Glendening has now rushed for 2,087 yards on the season. Last year, he was a key player for an East Grand Rapids team that won a state championship. He was named all-state in football, lacrosse and hockey. The Pioneers will now face Bay City John Glenn (9-2) in the state quarterfinals.
Southwest Region Football Player of the Week
Brannon Champagne (St. Charles West, St. Charles, Mo.)
He's better known as a baseball prospect with a scholarship to Missouri, but Champagne was terrific on the gridiron in leading his team to its first playoff victory since 1988. In a 47-21 win over Hannibal in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, Champagne rushed 16 times for 263 yards and four touchdowns and completed four of seven passes for 82 yards and two more scores. He also connected on four PAT kicks, played on kickoff and punt return coverage, and pretty much did it all. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Charles West also set a school record with its 10th win of the season.
West Region Football Player of the Week
John Uribe (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
It wasn't his most prolific outing of the year, but this is a good week to highlight the season that this 6-foot-1, 195-pound quarterback is having. Uribe completed 34 of 50 passes for 524 yards to lead the Dons past San Marcos of Santa Barbara, 49-28. He has now passed for more than 3,300 yards. Earlier in the season, Uribe passed for 574 yards and seven TDs in a single game. Santa Barbara perhaps hasn't had a quarterback like Uribe since Randall Cunningham in the 1970s.