INDIANAPOLIS — Running back Markell Jones, who rushed for a state-record 3,536 yards as a senior, on Friday became the second player from Columbus East High School in the past four years to be been selected as the IndyStar Indiana Mr. Football.
The 5-10, 205-pound Purdue recruit received 48 votes from a panel of Indiana Football Coaches Association members to outdistance Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams (seven votes), Ben Davis quarterback Kyle Castner (two) and Penn tight end Inoke Moala (two), The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1IK5Rjk ).
The 5-10, 205-pound Purdue recruit who led the Olympians to the Class 4A state title received 48 votes from a panel of Indiana Football Coaches Association members to outdistance Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams (seven votes), Ben Davis quarterback Kyle Castner (two) and Penn tight end Inoke Moala (two).
Columbus East coach Bob Gaddis said opponents couldn't figure out a way to stop Jones even though they knew he would be getting the ball.
"I think that's what made what he accomplished so impressive. Everybody knew what we were going to do the last two years. It was no secret," he said.
As a senior, Jones rushed for 290 yards or more in six games in leading Columbus East to a 13-1 record. His 7,793 career yards ranks second in state history. He joins Gunner Kiel, the quarterback now at the University of Cincinnati, as winners of the award from Columbus East. Kiel won the award in 2011.
Columbus East is the fifth school with multiple winners of the Mr. Football award since it started in 1992. Warren Central has had three winners, while Bloomington South, Cathedral and Martinsville all have had two.
Jones starts classes at Purdue in January, where he plans to major in professional flight technology.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com
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