2013 PrepColorado Player of the Year

Christian McCaffrey puts a cap on his outstanding high school career during the 2013 season.

Quarterback Anders Hill of Fairview had a monster season for Fairview, using his arm and at times his legs to move Fairview to the state title game. Hill's teammate Sam Martin set Colorado records for receptions and yardage posting the greatest season for a receiver in Colorado prep history.

Running backs Chris Marquez of Pomona and Zach Young of Doherty ran their teams to success this season. Marquez, at 5-5 160, was a power runner with the ability to break the big play. Averaging over 200 yards a game, Marquez was the Pomona offense. On top of the rush yards Marquez was a huge threat as a kick returner. Zach Young brought Doherty back to prominence and the playoffs with over 2,500 yards on the ground and 41 TDs also adding 25 receptions.

All previously mentioned players were worthy of recognition, but the most impactful player of the 2013 season was Christian McCaffrey of Valor Christian. A force since his freshman season for the five time champs, McCaffrey once again did it all for the Eagles as they brought home the 5A title. McCaffrey averaged nearly 12 yards a carry this season on the way to over 1,800 yards. Beyond running the ball McCaffrey had 39 receptions, 16 of which went for scores. The majority of these gaudy numbers were posted by the third quarter of games as Valor often had running clocks by the second half of contests.

Beyond the offensive statistics, McCaffrey was a special teams force averaging over 41 yards as a punter and nearly 30 yards as a punt returner. Defensively McCaffrey was a situational defensive back with the knack for the big play helping his team secure wins.

Most importantly and the reason why McCaffrey secured Player of the Year is the fact his play increased based on the level of competition. Week one of the season against Fresno Central, McCaffrey dominated every aspect of the game. In a week two loss against Utah power and state champ Bingham, McCaffrey rushed for 216 yards against a rugged D. In a two week period in playoffs against Columbine and Cherokee Trail, consistently two of Colorado's top defenses, McCaffrey rushed for over 500 yards.

McCaffrey's diverse game will be great to watch as he takes his skills to Stanford, but will be missed by not only Valor but fans of Colorado high school football.


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