It’s time for the start of our popular feature, 30 Questions to Kickoff. Ben Enos and I will spend the next 30 days answering questions leading up to the start of the high school football season. We start with a tough one, who will be this year’s East Bay Player of the Year? Both of us will take a crack at it, which really is just going to be a blind stab in the dark.
A lot of really talented players graduated last year, including names such as Terron Ward, Brett Nottingham, Rickey Galvin and Sean Mannion. It was an incredibly deep and talented class last year, especially when you throw in some of the defensive players such as Fred Thompson and Sione Tupouata. That makes picking this year’s winner a pretty tough task at this point, however I’m going to go with the guy who was at the other end of so many of Nottingham’s passes last year, Monte Vista senior wide receiver Bryce McGovern.
Sure, he won’t have Nottingham to throw to him anymore, but McGovern is coming off an unbelievable junior season in which he hauled in 106 catches for 2,063 yards and 17 touchdowns. The yardage is a California record and the reception total is a Northern California record and they are just flat out ungodly numbers. McGovern will have to break in a new quarterback, but coach Craig Bergman always has a great passing attack and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another great year from McGovern. Of course, I’d never be surprised if a quarterback emerged from the EBAL and became a star, but for now I’ll go with McGovern.
I like Jimmy’s pick, especially because I think Monte Vista doesn’t really ever rebuild at quarterback, they just reload. Whether it’s last year’s backup, Jeff Lockie, or Seamus Finnegan (yes, I just wanted to say Seamus) under center, MV is gonna chuck the ball just as much as always.
For my answer, I’m going with a guy that I wouldn’t hesitate to say is the most intense player in the East Bay. That’s Dylan Wynn, the two-way monster at De La Salle.
He’s coming off a junior season that saw him record 10 sacks, and earn first-team All-East Bay honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman. This year, Wynn should add team leader to his list of responsibilities, and I think that’s a role he’s naturally suited for.
Last year, Wynn benefited from a very talented group of teammates joining him on the defensive front four. This year, he’ll be the lone returning starter and I think it will be up to him to set the tone for the new unit up front. Together with the returning East Bay Defensive Player of the Year, LB Blake Renaud, the Spartans shouldn’t lack for playmakers on defense.
So, check back every day for the next 30 days as we try to project, predict and just plain wax poetic on the upcoming high school football season. The countdown will conclude on Sept. 1, giving us a few days to discuss our annual football preview before the season is upon us. Thanks also to everyone who dropped us a question. We’ll be answering a few of them as we go along.