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November 21, 2012

Week 12: NMPreps.com Mr. Football Update

How It Works
The NMPreps.com Mr. Football Award is given to the best high school football player in the State of New Mexico after each season. Each week during the football season, NMPreps.com will track the progress of each player, and during the last week of the regular season a final set of candidates will be released. We also take into account coaches thoughts and fan's input based off the NMPreps Message Board. This works just like the Heisman Trophy award.

Awards Week: December 9th Through December 15th
During Awards Week here on NMPreps.com we will unveil the following awards: Player of the Year (5A, 4A, 3A, Small School), Coach of the Year, All-NMPreps Teams, Mr. Football, and the complete year in review. Send questions to nmpreps@yahoo.com.

Past NMPreps.com Mr. Football Winners

Year
Player
High School
Position
Season Accomplishments
2011
Cole Guatsche
Cleveland
QB
13-0 Season, 2,700-yards, 40 TD's
2010
Jacob Jameson
Lovington
QB
11-2, Season, 3,624-yards, 60 TD's
2009
Ronnie Daniels
La Cueva
RB
12-1 Season, 2,261-yards, 38 TD's
2008
Dante Caro
Las Cruces
QB
13-0 Season, 1,61-yards, 29 TD's
2007
Landry Jones
Artesia
QB
13-2 Season, 3,850-yards, 44 TD's
2006
Landry Jones
Artesia
QB
13-0 Season, 3,432-Yards, 45 TD's

2012 NMPreps.com Mr. Football Ballot
ADAM LUCERO, SR., 6-FOOT-0, 185 POUNDS, QB, AZTEC

What Makes Him Worthy: Most notably known for winning the Class 4A State Championship as a Junior helping the Tigers live out a memorable 13-0 season scoring the game winning two point conversion with his superman jump form the 5-yard line to beat Goddard 28-27. Lucero has came up big this year with less surrounding talent throwing for over 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns. In their final game of the regular season, Lucero returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Kirtland Central.

Hendo's Take: Great student athlete and a player that any coach would love to have leading his team. He can carry the pressure of being a senior and come up big when his team needs him the most.

Best Attributes: Dependability, Iron Man, Desire

BO COLEMAN, JR., 6-FOOT-0, 150 POUNDS, QB, VALLEY 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: Just a junior, Coleman is a big time player that is as tough as they come. You know those Clovis type kids that get hit and bounce right back up? Yeah, that is what this kid is like. He has led Valley to a 6-3 season record and the District 5-5A title posting big numbers each week. He helped Valley to a 7-4 season record and a District 5-5A Championship.

Hendo's Take: Really like the type of kid Bo is. Very tough as mentioned above and he is a coaches kid, which means he is a leader on the field and most of all dependable when needed.

Best Attributes: Leadership, Play-Making Ability

chris wisneski, sr., 5-foot-9, 158, qb, los lunas 4a

What Makes Him Worthy: Wisneski has led the Los Lunas Tigers to a 10-0 season record and a No. 2 spot in the Class 4A play-offs. On the season Wisneski has thrown for just over 1,2000-yards and 52 touchdowns. Wisneski has also ran for over 500-yards and has totaled over 20 touchdowns.

Hendo's Take: Chris maybe more of a runner than a passer, but don't me wrong he can still make the big pass when needed. He is the fastest quarterback in the State of New Mexico.

Best Attributes: Athleticism, Speed

cody french, jr., 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, rb, goddard 4a

What Makes Him Worthy: French is another one of these talented Class of 2014 Prospects that continues to put up big numbers while helping his team post an impressive 9-0 season record. On the year he has ran for over 1,000-yards and has totaled more than 15 touchdowns.

Hendo's Take: It's like he is pulling rail-road ties as soon as he breaks to the outside. One thing I really like about French is he is a great sport always helping others up, saying good job, etc. Things like that really do stand out.

Best Attributes: Patience, Strength

craig coffman, sr., 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, qb, sandia 5a

What Makes Him Worthy: We've been covering New Mexico High School Football since 2006 and Craig Coffman is the best quarterback at Sandia over that time period. Big arm, nice delivery, and he is a key ingredient in the Matador's success this season. He threw for over 1,488-yards and 15 touchdowns through 10 games.

Hendo's Take: Like him as a mid-sized college quarterback. With his size and his arm strength, Coffman is a next level prospect if he finds the right system. At Sandia he is doing his thing, but if he passed more he would be putting up a 2,500-yard type season.

Best Attributes: Arm Strength, Size

dallin brady, sr., 5-Foot-10, 168 pounds, db, rio rancho 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: There is a ton of Rio Rancho Offensive Players that could get this award, but Brady is the heart and soul of this team. He is a three year starter, paid his dues, and puts the wood on anything comes into contact with. He is the top hard hitting safety in New Mexico.

Hendo's Take: Brady is the type of player you pick first on your fantasy team. He can make a play on offense or defense and he is clutch in big time games. You need a bone jarring hit, an interception, a special teams kick return, Brady is coming through.

Best Attributes: Toughness, Experience

eric vigil, sr., 5-foot-8, 155 pounds, qb, mccurdy 1A

What Makes Him Worthy: The McCurdy Bobcats are unbeaten on the field, their lone loss comes in a forfeit. Moving past this the Bobcats are for real and have proved this with a high profile win against Escalante in week 10. On the season, Eric Vigil has been Mr. Money throwing for over 1,700-yards, rushing for more than 500-yards, and more than 30 total touchdowns.

Hendo's Take: These coaches son's are excellent on the field most of the time. Eric is doing his thing this year, very well spoken, and smooth on the football field. Very exciting player to watch.

Best Attributes: Reliability, Heart , Play-Maker

isaiah valdez, jr., 6-foot-0, 192 pounds, qb, piedra vista, 4A

What Makes Him Worthy: Piedra Vista has a few players that could make this list, but when we looked at overall player production each week the clear choice was Valdez. This season Valdez has led the Panthers to a 8-2 season throwing for more than 1,800-yards, more than 20 touchdowns, rushing for 578-yards, and 11 more touchdowns.

Hendo's Take: During the summer time, Valdez really struggled, but that player has matured and has became one of the top players in the State of New Mexico very quick. He does not get much credit, but he is very steady each week and a big key to their session success.

Best Attributes: Friday Night Talent, Production, Dual Threat

JONATHAN JOY, SR., 6-FOOT-0, 165 POUNDS, QB, LAS CRUCES, 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: Jonathan Joy continues his huge season for the Las Cruces Bulldawgs. Stated many times, we were not sure how he was going to lead this team going into the summer season and he has simply been outstanding on the field with more than 1,990-yards passing with more than 20 touchdowns. Underneath center he can read the defense, get him in open space and he'll juke your best defender. Joy is legit.

Hendo's Take: Solid and looks so comfortable in the pocket. Does not rush and has a big arm past 20-yards or more. Dual threat and behind the Dawg's massive offensive line Joy does a great job keeping defensive units on their toes as he can escape and pick up the first down.

Best Attributes: Athleticism, Arm Strength

KAMAL CASS, JR., 5-FOOT-9, 163, RB, CLOVIS, 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: At the NMPreps.com Elite Combine this summer, Cass clocked in at a blazing 4.4 40-time. People questioned the validity of his time and it's clear the numbers don't lie as Cass has ran for an amazing 2,400-yards and has totaled 34 touchdowns this year. Cass also has five additional touchdowns from returns and receiving. Against Atrisco in the first round of the play-offs he ran for over 300-yards and scored five touchdowns.

Hendo's Take: Clovis has had some amazing running backs throughout the years: From Oklahoma Commit Michael Thompson to more recent names like Brian Mead and Manuel Robles, but Cass is already putting up numbers that are more impressive then those "live forever" type names. If you've seen him play this year, you know what he is capable of.

Best Attributes: Speed, Strength, Vision

MARCUS INGLEMON, SR., 6-FOOT-0, 175 POUNDS, RB/DB, MAYFIELD 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: Inglemon is Mayfield's impact player this year on offense. We expected him to have a big year and he has done just that on both sides of the football. He is closing in on 1,000-yards and has more than 10 touchdowns this year.

Hendo's Take: Shane has really been a staple in Eldorado's defensive line this year, leading the way to a 10-0 mark through the regular season. A very confident individual, I like the swagger he brings to the table. Smith also serves as the teams punter, he might be the best in the Albuquerque Metro area, yeah he is that good.

Best Attribute: Confidence, Size, Leadership

MARCUS LOPEZ, SR., 5-Foot-11, 175 POUNDS, RB/DB, SANTA ROSA, 2A

What Makes Him Worthy: On the season, Lopez has been stellar rushing for 1,917-yards and 26 touchdowns. He is averaging just under 200-yards per game with an average per carry of 12.9 yards per pop. On defense he has 80 total tackles and six interceptions.

Hendo's Take: Lopez is a small school player, but do doubt in my mind that he would start at any 5A program in New Mexico. Great student athlete with over a 4.0 G.P.A and a next level guy that New Mexico College Coaches should take notice of. They don't make many anymore like Lopez.

Best Attributes: Iron Man, Speed, Strength

MICHAEL ROSE, SR., 5-FOOT-10, 168, RB, LA CUEVA 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: Michael Rose has continued to show why he is one of the top running backs in New Mexico each week. With over 1,000-yards rushing this season and more than 10 touchdowns Rose is the Metro Area Favorite to win the award. It's amazing how fast he cuts up the field and his side to side ability is more than impressive.

Hendo's Take: Was not sure way to exact from Rose coming into this season. I knew he was fast, but at the NMPreps Elite Combine he was playing receiver. After the game against Cleveland where he ran for over 200-yards it was clear to everyone how good Rose was going to be this year. His 280-yard performance against Eldorado is memorable.

Best Attributes: Versatility, Athleticism, Speed

ROMELL JORDAN, SR., 5-FOOT-8, 158, RB, CLEVELAND 5A

What Makes Him Worthy: Jordan is already committed to New Mexico and has already won a state title and is already proved himself, yet each week he continues to leave a memorable mark at Cleveland High School. He ran for over 1,000-yards this season and scored a total of 34 touchdowns.

Hendo's Take: The most impressive performance at the NMPreps.com Elite Combine was put on by Romell this summer. His 4.38 40-time was insane and he was putting on a clinic during the one-on-one's. Undersized yes, but the speed factor sets him on another level.

Best Attributes: Superior Speed and A+ play making ability

SALOMON MARTINEZ, SR., 5-FOOT-10, 175 POUNDS, RB, ST. MICHAEL'S 3A

What Makes Him Worthy: The Horsemen running back has a total of 51 touchdowns over the course of his career putting him in third place all time at St. Michael's High School. This season scored 28 touchdowns in just nine games.

Hendo's Take: Very fast on the field and has great moves. I'd put him on my team any day of the week. Very tough and will go to battle with anyone anytime. Get the ball in his hands and he is going to put six on the defense in a hurry. Best playing days are likely ahead of him which is the scary part.

Best Attributes: Speed, Attitude, and Agility

TREVOR EULENBACH, JR., 6-FOOT-0, 171, QB, ARTESIA, 4A

What Makes Him Worthy: On the season the Class of 2014 Prospect has thrown for 2,411-yards and 26 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to an impressive 8-2 season run through 12 weeks. What you might not know about Eulenbach is he is very mobile and can make the big play on the ground using his legs. He is a winner and he'll be hell for any defense to face come the play-offs.

Hendo's Take: I've seen him in three different games this year and while he has lost two out of those three games his poise on the field impresses me. He never comes off the field and throws his helmet, he never lets his emotion get the best of him. That is a key attribute that has already made him a winner.

Best Attributes: Composure, Dual Threat, Big Arm

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