Too early for Player of the Year thinking? Yes! Did that stop me? No!
Inspired by our weekly Monday night chat, in which we debated Player of the Year leaders -- it should be noted that most agreed it might be too early, but I just called them killjoys and moved forward on it -- here is Player of the Power Poll, or POPP!!!!!
These are the guys, if I was voting TODAY, would be my Player of the Year for Tampa Bay. If No. 1 wasn’t available, I’d take No. 2, and if No. 2 wasn’t available, I’d take 3, and so on.
Let the debate begin.
PLAYER POWER RATINGS
1. Alvin Bailey, WR, Armwood
Still the man. Our 2011 Player of the Year already has caught nine touchdown passes, and that’s just on 18 receptions. If my math is correct, he takes 50 percent of his catches to the house. Also, Bailey now has had a hand in at least TWO touchdowns -- via rush, reception or pass thrown -- in seven straight games. That’s cash dollars.
2. Juwan Brown, QB, Largo
Has emerged as the star we always said he was. If I’m picking a Pinellas County Player of the Year, he’s my choice.
3. Ryan Davis, QB, Northeast
Clearly no one is carrying his team more than Davis. He’s that good.
4. Robert Davis, RB, Carrollwood Day
The Class 2A schedule will always be an issue, but 15.2 yards a carry is hard to ignore.
5. Joey Ivie, DL, Pasco
One word: Unblockable. Rumor is he had 10 TFLs against Gulf. I think he’s the best football player in Pasco and Hernando counties, until Janarion Grant comes back, anyway.
6. Karel Hamilton, WR, Strawberry Crest
He’s the straw that stirs the Chargers' drink; a TD in every game. It will be tough to be a POY if you’re not on a playoff team, but Hamilton’s been too good to ignore.
7. Pete DiNovo, QB, East Lake
Ability to put team on his back a characteristic we love in a Player of the Year.
8. Nigel Harris, RB/LB, Hillsborough
Three games, three 100-yard efforts. Hear he’s a pretty good LB, too.
9. Jamarlon Hamilton, Durant
Poised for a big year. Has been terrific so far for 3-0 Cougars.
10. Tre Watson, LB, Tampa Catholic
You know, for all the talk about transfers to and from Tampa Catholic, this guy slipped in quietly but has made a lot of noise with a Tampa Bay-best 7.5 sacks. He has 46 tackles and may be the one who nudges the Crusaders over the top.
11. Jordan Sherit, DE, Hillsborough
A beast on defense, disruptive as can be.
12. Vincent Jackson, LB, Jesuit
36 tackles, 6 sacks, wrecking things this year. When you go to Jesuit games, just watch the defense. It’s a treat.
13. Harry Brown, LB, Largo
Game against Countryside qualifies him, but he’s done more than that.
14. Brad Hyman-Muhammad, WR/DB, Admiral Farragut
Over 400 yards receiving, Muhammad gives a whole new dimension to Blue Jackets' attack, and he can be a lockdown corner.
15. Richard Benjamin, RB, Tampa Bay Tech
Benjamin showed what he can do last week. If he can do that every week, look out No. 1.
Guys who could bust into top 15 any given Friday:
Earnest Suttles DE, Gaither: Six sacks already.
Malik Johns, ATH, Pasco: Three punt return TDs already.
Darryl Richardson, QB, Armwood: Don’t sleep on him.
Ish Witter, RB, Alonso: Off to a good start, but team is 1-2.
Ray Ray McCloud, RB, Sickles: Headed for 1,000 yards.
Chase Litton, QB, Wharton: Love the way the ball springs out of his hand.
Sean Covington, K, St. Petersburg: Most dangerous area kicker in years.
Jarvis Stewart, RB, Largo: He’ll be strongly considered by end of year.
Todd Macon, RB, Admiral Farragut: Still carrying AFA rushing attack.
Michael Ford, RB, Tarpon Springs: If the Spongers have a postseason run, they’ll drive a Ford there.
Matt Breida, RB, Nature Coast: As he goes, the Sharks go.
Tristan Hyde, QB, Strawberry Crest: Terrific start, four straight 200+ games.
T.J Harrell, LB, Tampa Catholic: Excellent on both sides of ball.
George Campbell, WR/S, East Lake: Stepped in for Artavis Scott at WR and excelled and heads up one of the best secondaries in Tampa Bay.
Rocky Enos, LB, Wharton: All over the field so far. Making an impact.
Shaquill Griffin, DB, Lakewood: One of many great defenders on that Spartans defense.
Leon McQuay, S, Armwood: One word -- Feared.