Coach Pogue wins National Coach award
December 24, 2010By David Bannister of South Panola High School
All-USA football: Frazier, Clowney named players of year
The All-USA high school football team was chosen by USA TODAY's Jim Halley in consultation with high school coaches and recruiting analysts, including Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports and Barry Every of Rivals.com.
By Craig Harper
Kiehl Frazier of Shiloh Christian High School in Springdale, Ark., was named USA TODAY's All-USA offensive player of the year for 2010. Frazier threw for 2,975 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,164 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
The offensive player of the year is Kiehl Frazier, a quarterback at Shiloh Christian High School in Springdale, Ark.
The defensive player of the year is Jadaveon Clowney, a senior at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C.
The coach of the year is Lance Pogue, whose South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) team finished the season at No. 1 in the final rankings of USA TODAY's Super 25.
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Offensive player of the year
Quarterback for Shiloh Christian, Springdale, Ark.
Why him: Led team to third consecutive 4A state title and was MVP of the title game for the third year in a row. Completed 63% of passes for 2,975 yards and 42 touchdowns. Also ran for 1,164 yards and 22 touchdowns. Had a 3.8 GPA going into his senior year.
Off the field: Helped raise money for an orphanage in Haiti that was hit hard by an earthquake. "We raised money and sent it over there so that they could get their school back up and running and get their students back," Frazier said.
Following Cam Newton to Auburn: "I really like the offense that Auburn uses because they use the quarterback in more than one way. You look at the success that Cam has and it will help me as quarterback because it shows me what I need to work on as well. I follow his situation really closely. If he leaves, I'm going to try to step in there and do the best I can."
Football beginnings: "When I was in the third grade, my dad signed me up. I didn't know I was going to play. One day, he said, 'You have football practice today' and we went out and got some pads. Growing up, I played every sport. After the 10th grade, I stuck with football."
Favorite book: "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy. He gave you the tools you need to be in successful in football and in life."
Favorite teacher: "My English teacher, Mr. Roy. It wasn't just writing papers. It was a really cool class. The books we read and how we discussed them really got us involved in the class."
Favorite musicians: "I listen to Drake and Lil' Wayne a lot."
On his web page (kiehlfrazier15.com): "My teammates will give me a hard time about it now and then, but mostly they like it."
Defensive player of the year
Defensive end for South Pointe, Rock Hill, S.C.
Height: 6-5; Weight: 235.
Why him:Considered the top recruit in the 2011 class, he combines rare speed (4.5 in the 40) with strength and size. Had five touchdowns on defense, 162 tackles, 29 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 caused fumbles and six fumbles recoveries. On offense, he had 20 carries for 274 yards and nine touchdowns. His team was 38-6 in the last three years. Showed he won't have trouble adjusting to next level by dominating talented athletes in the Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, S.C., drawing five holding calls while making five tackles for loss, including three sacks in the game. He's undecided in his college choice.
Favorite musician: (Atlanta rapper) TI
Best book you've read recently:Box Out (By John Coy)
Little-known fact:"I am an extremely sore loser...I hate to lose at anything."
High school highlight:"Winning the 2008 State Championship in football vs. Northwestern ... They are our crosstown rival ... We actually beat them twice that year. But beating them in the title game was awesome."
Favorite teacher:"Mr. Joe Koon ... My English 4 teacher. He is the smartest man I know. He is a great guy that enjoys helping kids learn."
Football start:"It's a family tradition."
Funniest recruiting story:"People (coaches) always telling me what they can do for me and they really don't even know me."
After football, I'll:"Go fishing with my granddad and spend time with family and friends."
Coach of the year
South Panola, Batesville, Miss.
Family:Wife, Dixie, is a schoolteacher; son, Tyler, 12; daughter, Maleah, 7.
Why him:He is 58-2 with three state titles since coming to South Panola four years ago. His Tigers have won 27 in a row, including 28-7 vs. Meridian on Dec. 4 for the state 6A title.
Background:Before South Panola, he was football coach and athletics director at Eupora., Miss. His 2002 Eupora team was the state 2A runner-up. The native of Eupora played football at Holmes Community College and got his bachelor's and master's degrees at Delta State in Cleveland, Miss.
Coaching philosophy:"You have to coach within your own personality. Sure, you steal ideas from other coaches, but in the end, you have to be yourself. We base our program on defense, especially stopping the running game. In the last 30 games, we've allowed a total of less than 1,000 yards on the ground. A great defensive team tends to lead to a blue-collar ethic."
Coaching influence:"I'm a football historian. I've always idolized Tom Landry. When I grew up, I loved the Cowboys. To me, he took those guys, all the different personalities, and always united a team. I never met him. I wish I had."
Favorite book:"The Junction Boys. I took a lot out of it. In our part of the country, Bear Bryant is still a big influence."
Career highlight:"I'm not an individualistic guy. All of my success has been as part of a team. Being named to coach the East team at the Army All-American game (Jan. 9 in San Antonio) was a big deal to me. Winning this award is unbelievable."