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August 17, 2007

Preseason EA SPORTS Player of the Year Watch List

High school football is right around the corner and Student Sports' preseason football coverage kicks off with the unveiling of the Preseason EA SPORTS National Player of the Year Watch List, which looks at the top candidates for the 2007 National EA SPORTS Player of the Year honor that will be awarded this January following the season.

The worldwide leader in computer sports games has teamed with the editors of Student Sports since 2003 to determine the national honors. The EA SPORTS National Player of the Year Watch List will be updated each week this fall during the season, with players' statistics and outcomes from each week's games documented.

The watch list will also give fans the unique opportunity to contribute, with polls conducted weekly to help determine who should come off and on the list based on the past week's performances.

Candidates for the list and eventual Player of the Year selection are based upon dominant play at the highest level of high school football.

Preseason EA SPORTS National Player of the Year Watch List

5-9, 185 lbs.
Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier


*Division I all-state selection as junior
*Rushed for 1,500 yds and 20 TDs in 2006
*Second team Division I all-state selection in 2005
*Ran for 1,600 yds and 28 TDs as a sophomore
*Scholarship offers from Tennessee, Louisville, WVU, BC, Wisconsin and more

6-0, 190 lbs.
Batesville (Miss.) South Panola


*Clarion-Ledger and MagnoliaPreps.com all-state selection as junior
*Won state titles first three seasons on varsity
*Rushed for 1,042 yards and 10 TDs, had 35 tackles and four interceptions as junior
*Rivals250 selection
*Committed to Ole Miss

6-1, 200 lbs.
Katy (Texas)


*Class 5A honorable mention all-state selection as junior
*All Greater Houston and all-district as junior
*Carried 309 times for 2,111 yards and 27 TDs in 2006
*Ran for 886 yards and eight TDs as a sophomore
*Committed to UCLA over offers from Texas A&M, Nebraska, Texas Tech and others

6-0, 183 lbs.
Southlake (Texas) Carroll


*2006 EA SPORTS National Junior Player of the Year
*Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, all-state in 2006
*Led team to 16-0 record and state title, No. 2 FAB 50 ranking
*Passed for 4,184 yards and 54 TDs while rushing for 1,119 yards and 13 TDs in 2006
*Committed to North Texas over Texas and Missouri


6-3, 195 lbs.
St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall


*AP State Player of the Year as junior
*AP all-state selection as junior
*Had 63 catches for 1,240 yards and 16 TDs as a junior
*Also rushed for 280 yards and three scores
*Top 100 player nationally down to Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida and Michigan


6-4, 195 lbs.
Summerville (S.C.)


*2005 EA SPORTS National Sophomore of the Year
*Three-time 1,000 yard receiver and all-state selection
*65 catches for 1,203 yards and 20 total TDs as a junior
*196 career catches for 3,820 yards and 38 TDs in high school career
*Committed to Georgia over offers from LSU, FSU, Notre Dame and others


6-4, 180 lbs.
Miami (Fla.) Northwestern


*2007 Elite 11 QB selection
*Class 6A all-state selection, led team to state title as a junior
*Completed 194 of 285 passes for 2,920 yards and 38 TDs in 2006
*Threw just six interceptions and rushed for three scores as a junior
*Committed to Miami over LSU, Alabama, Boston College and others


6-3, 203 lbs.
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep


*Led team to state title as a sophomore in 2005
*AP all-state selection as a junior in 2006
*3,517 all-purpose yards as a junior
*Plays QB, RB, WR, safety and also returns kicks
*Top 100 prospect with offers from USC, Michigan, Miami, Florida, Penn State and others


6-0, 205 lbs.
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure


*Two-time CalHiSports.com all-state selection at Moorpark High
*Rushed 337 times for 3,194 yards and 45 TDs as a junior
*Carried 292 times for 1,988 yards and 19 TDs in 2005
*RB MVP at Stanford NIKE Camp
*Nation's top RB prospect with offers from USC, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Texas and others


Others to Watch:
RB Ryan Bass (Centennial, Corona CA)
QB Dayne Crist (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks CA)
RB Covaughn DeBoskie (Hamilton, Chandler AZ)
QB Mike Glennon (Westfield, Chantilly VA)
DB/WR Brandon Harris (Booker T. Washington, Miami FL)
QB Landry Jones (Artesia NM)
RB Milton Knox (Birmingham, Van Nuys CA)
QB/DB Dan McCarthy (Cardinal Mooney, Youngstown OH)
RB Sam McGuffie (Cy-Fair, Cypress TX)
QB Terrelle Pryor (Jeannette PA)
QB Ted Stachitas (Nease, Ponte Vedra Beach FL)
QB Tino Sunseri (Central Catholic, Pittsburgh PA)
RB Lamaar Thomas (Friendly MD)

(Student Sports' selections prior to 2003; retroactive from 1994 back)
2006--Darren Evans, RB, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
2005--Matthew Stafford, QB, Dallas (Texas) Highland Park
2004--Chase Daniel, QB, Southlake (Texas) Carroll
2003--Jeff Byers, OL-DL, Loveland (Colo.)
2002--Chris Leak, QB, Charlotte (N.C.) Independence
2001--Vince Young, QB, Houston (Texas) Madison
2000--Cedric Benson, RB, Midland (Texas) Lee
1999--D.J. Williams, RB-LB, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
1998--J.R. House, QB, Nitro (W.V.)
1997--Ronald Curry, QB, Hampton (Va.)
1996--Travis Henry, RB, Frostproof (Fla.)
1995--Tim Couch, QB, Hyden (Ky.) Leslie County
1994--Chris Redman, QB, Louisville (Ky.) Male
1993--Peyton Manning, QB, New Orleans (La.) Newman
1992--James Allen, RB, Wynnewood (Okla.)
1991--Stephen Davis, RB, Spartanburg (S.C.)
1990--Derrick Brooks, LB, Pensacola (Fla.) Washington
1989--Robert Smith, RB, Euclid (Ohio)
1988--Terry Kirby, RB, Tabb (Va.)
1987--Carl Pickens, WR, Murphy (N.C.)
1986--Emmitt Smith, RB, Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia
1985--Jeff George, QB, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central
1984--Andre Rison, DB-WR, Flint (Mich.) Northwestern
1983--Chris Spielman, LB, Massillon (Ohio) Washington
1982--Rod Woodson, DB-RB, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider
1981--Marcus Dupree, RB, Philadelphia (Miss.)
1980--Bill Fralic, OL, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills
1979--Herschel Walker, RB, Wrightsville (Ga.) Johnson County
1978--Eric Dickerson, RB, Sealy (Texas)
1977--Marcus Allen, QB, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln
1976--Freeman McNeil, RB, Wilmington (Calif.) Banning
1975--Charles White, RB, San Fernando (Calif.)
1974--Billy Sims, RB, Hooks (Texas)
1973--Earl Campbell, RB, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler
1972--Tony Dorsett, RB, Hopewell (Pa.)
1971--Dave Logan, E, Wheat Ridge (Colo.)
1970--Pat Haden, QB, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat

EA SPORTS, the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, delivers real sports simulation games for sports fans. With EA SPORTS "if it's in the game...it's in the game." EA SPORTS is a brand of Electronic Arts (EA), the world's leading independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems. Top-selling titles and franchises include FIFA Soccer, Madden NFL Football, NCAA Football, NBA® LIVE Basketball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Golf, and NCAA Baseball. The EA SPORTS All-American program honors the nation's top high school football players and, in conjunction with Student Sports, recognizes the top student-athletes for their achievements both on and off the field.

About Student Sports
Based in Torrance, Calif., Student Sports has been the leader in high school sports coverage since 1979 with divisions specializing in events, marketing, television and the Internet. The company also provides editorial information for several major Web sites including StudentSports.com (www.studentsports.com) and StudentSportsFootball.com, part of the Rivals.com Network of sports team and affinity sites. The company also publishes an array of newsletters and record books including the "National High School Football Record Book" and "National High School Boys Basketball Record Book." Student Sports also creates and implements such events as the Nike Football Training Camps and the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition. The company has earned four Emmy Awards for its "Inside Cal-Hi Sports" show and has developed TV programming airing on ESPN, CSTV, NFL Network and ESPN2, including the "EA SPORTS All-American Show" that was shown in most major markets around the nation last spring.


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