And the Michigan High School Football Player of the Year is ...
(Photo courtesy of MIPrepZone-Morning Sun)
Ithaca senior quarterback Travis Smith won the
2013 Michigan High School Football Player of the
Year award in voting by coaches and the media.
Smith won in balloting among a panel consisting 55 reporters and coaches from around the state. He collected 18 votes, with Saginaw Swan Valley junior RB Alex Grace finishing runner-up with 10 votes. Lowell senior QB Kyle Shurlow, Macomb L'Anse Creuse North senior QB Sean Koski and Detroit Cass Tech junior QB each finished with six votes.
My vote went to Shurlow, who finished with more than 2,800 yards passing/rushing and 40 touchdowns (in 11 games - team was 10-1). Lowell's schedule is always tough. It beat Muskegon (13-1) - which will play Brother Rice for the Division 2 state title Friday - earlier this season before falling to the Big Reds, 28-21, in the district final. The Red Arrows win that game and they most likely would be facing the Warriors this Friday.