CALHOUN, Ga. (WRCB/GHSA) -- Calhoun quarterback Taylor Lamb claimed one of the top honors in prep sports Thursday when he was named Georgia's Gatorade Football Player of the Year.
Lamb received the award from The Gatorade Company and USA Today High School Sports and is now a finalist for the national player of the year honor.
He is Calhoun's first-ever Gatorade Player of the Year, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field,
Lamb has completed nearly 70-percent of his passes this season while throwing for 2,801 yards and 30 touchdowns. He's also rushed for 302 yards and nine more scores. He gets a chance to add to those totals when the Yellow Jackets (12-0) host Brooks County in tomorrow night's Class 2A state quarterfinals.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior committed to South Alabama earlier this year, and is also a standout in basketball, tennis and golf. He has maintained a 3.73 grade point average in the classroom while also being involved in student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"He would be a great player for any team in Georgia, regardless of how good his surrounding players are," said Gordon Powers, head coach of rival Model High. "He is the best I have seen and competed against in years. His stats are only a small part of his athletic ability. I found out first-hand in our game against him just how athletic he is. I have had the opportunity to meet and talk with Taylor during some 7-on-7 competitions. I discovered that in my 32 years of coaching, he is one of the most respectful and honest young man I have met."
Lamb has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of Southern Alabama beginning in the fall of 2013.
Lamb joins recent Gatorade Georgia Football Players of the Year Kenyan Drake (2011-12, Hillgrove HS), Brian Randolph (2010-11, Kell High School), Hutson Mason (2009-10, Lassiter), Branden Smith (2008-09, Booker T. Washington High School) and Tavarres King (2007-08, Habersham Central) among the state's list of former award winners.