The USA Today High School Football Player of the Year is the award given by USA Today to the best offensive and defensive high school football players in America.

The award has been given since 1982, the year the newspaper began, and each player was part of the USA Today All-USA high school football team.

USA Today High School Football Offensive Player of the YearEdit

Year Player Pos. High School College NFL[1] Notes
1982 John Paye QB Menlo School Stanford Yes Two year NFL career
1983 Ryan Knight RB Rubidoux USC No
1984 Hart Lee Dykes WR Bay City Oklahoma State Yes Two-year NFL career
1985 Jeff George QB Warren Central Illinois Yes 13-year NFL career
1986 Emmitt Smith RB Escambia Florida Yes Pro Football Hall of Fame, 3x rushing champion
1987 Todd Marinovich QB Mission Viejo USC Yes Two-year NFL career
1988 Terry Kirby RB Tabb Virginia Yes Ten-year NFL career
1989 Andre Hastings WR Morrow Georgia Yes Eight-year NFL career
1990 Marquette Smith RB Lake Howell FSU / Central Florida Yes Two year NFL career
1991 Stephen Davis RB Spartanburg Auburn Yes Three-time Pro Bowler
1992 Ron Powlus QB Berwick (PA) Notre Dame Yes Played in one NFL season
1993 Josh Booty QB Evangel Christian LSU Yes Three-year NFL career
1994 Dan Kendra QB Bethlehem Catholic Florida State[2] No
1995 Tim Couch QB Leslie County Kentucky Yes First overall pick in NFL draft
1996 Travis Minor RB Baton Rouge Catholic Florida State Yes Eight-year NFL career
1997 Ronald Curry QB Hampton High North Carolina Yes Seven-year NFL career
1998 Chris Simms QB Ramapo Texas Yes Eight-year NFL career
1999 Brock Berlin QB Evangel Christian Florida/Miami Yes Played in two NFL seasons[3]
2000 Joe Mauer QB Cretin-Derham Hall N/A No Went to Major League Baseball
2001 Maurice Clarett RB Warren Harding Ohio State No Drafted, but never played in NFL
2002 Chris Leak QB Independence Florida Yes Made NFL roster for one season, did not play
2003 Brian Brohm QB Trinity Louisville Yes Three-season NFL career
2004 Ryan Perrilloux QB East St. John (La.) LSU / Jacksonville State No Signed and released by NY Giants
2005 Mitch Mustain QB Springdale USC No Played in Arena Football League
2006 Jimmy Clausen QB Oaks Christian (Calif.) Notre Dame Yes Second-round pick in 2010 draft
2007 Terrelle Pryor QB Jeannette (Pa.) High School Ohio State Yes 2011 Supplemental draft
2008 Garrett Gilbert QB Lake Travis (Tex.) High School Texas /SMU -
2009 Seantrel Henderson OT Cretin-Derham Hall Miami -
2010 Kiehl Frazier QB Shiloh Christian Auburn -
2011 Dorial Green-Beckham WR Hillcrest (Mo.) High Missouri -
2012 Max Browne QB Skyline High School (Sammamish Washington) USC -

USA Today High School Football Defensive Player of the YearEdit

Year Player Pos. High School College NFL[1] Notes
1982 Henry Harris LB Columbia (Ga.) Georgia No
1983 Ron Stallworth DT Woodham (Fla.) Auburn Yes Two-year NFL career
1984 Quintus McDonald LB Montclair (NJ) Penn State Yes Three-year NFL career
1985 John Foley LB St. Rita (Ill.) Notre Dame No
1986 Marc Spindler DT West Scranton Pittsburgh Yes Nine-year NFL career
1987 Todd Collins LB Jefferson County High Carson-Newman Yes Nine-year NFL career, two Super Bowl appearances
1988 Sean Gilbert LB Aliquippa (Pa.) Pittsburgh Yes Played 11 NFL seasons
1989 Oliver Gibson LB Romeoville (Ill.) Notre Dame Yes Nine-year NFL career
1990 Derrick Brooks LB Booker T. Washington (Fla.) Florida State Yes Nine-time NFL All-Pro
1991 Dexter Daniels LB Valdosta Florida Yes Played four NFL games
1992 Jammi German HB Fort Myers (Fla.) Miami (Fla.) Yes Four-year NFL career
1993 Lamont Green LB Southridge (Fla.) Florida State Yes Played in the NFL in 1999
1994 Kory Minor LB Bishop Amat (Calif.) Notre Dame Yes Four-year NFL career
1995 Andy Katzenmoyer LB Westerville South (Ohio) Ohio State Yes Butkus and Lambert award winner in college
1996 David Warren DE John Tyler (Tex.) Florida State No Played in the CFL
1997 Dennis Johnson DE Harrodsburg Kentucky Yes Three-year NFL career
1998 Cory Redding LB North Shore (Tex.) Texas Yes Active in NFL since 2003[4]
1999 D.J. Williams LB De La Salle (Calif.) Miami Yes Active in NFL since 2004[4]
2000 Shaun Cody DL Los Altos (Calif.) USC Yes Active in NFL since 2005[4]
2001 Ahmad Brooks LB C. D. Hylton (Va.) Virginia Yes Active in NFL since 2006[4]
2002 Antonio Cromartie DB Lincoln (Fl.) Florida State Yes Active in NFL since 2006[4]
2003 Ted Ginn, Jr. DB Glenville (Ohio) Ohio State Yes Active in NFL since 2007[4]
2004 Kenny Phillips DB Carol City (Fl.) Miami Yes Active in NFL since 2008[4]
2005 Gerald McCoy DL Southeast (Okla.) Oklahoma Yes Active in NFL since 2010[4]
2006 Marvin Austin DT Ballou (Wash., DC) North Carolina Yes Active in NFL since 2011[4]
2007 Patrick Peterson DB Blanche Ely (Fla.) LSU Yes Active in NFL since 2011[4]
2008 Manti Te'o LB Kahuku (Hawai'i) Notre Dame -
2009 Lamarcus Joyner DB St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) Florida State -
2010 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Pointe South Carolina -
2011 Mario Edwards, Jr. DE Ryan High (Tex.) Florida State -
2012 Su'A Cravens DB Vista Murrieta (CA.) USC -

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Indicates whether the player played in the National Football League
  2. Dan Kendra
  3. Brock Berlin
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 As of end of 2011 season
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