Last year's National Freshman of the Year was a powerful running back from the Sunshine State, so it's no surprise that this year's National Sophomore of the Year fits the exact same description.
However, this year's National Sophomore of the Year is a completely different player.
With no famous last name but a wealth of skill, athleticism, and size,
running back Derrick Henry
is the 2010 MaxPreps National Sophomore of the Year.
Henry beat out fellow Florida running back Kelvin Taylor
, who was last year's freshman award winner, as well as Washington quarterback Max Browne
and Georgia defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche
An absolute workhorse for the Hornets, Henry carried the ball 303 times, gaining 2,689 yards and finding the end zone 38 times. He only lost one fumble the entire season.
Since his arrival at Yulee, Henry has helped turn around the 5-year-old program. In 2008, the team won five games, then improved to 7-4 in Henry's freshman season.
In 2010, the Hornets went 9-3, losing in the 2B playoffs to eventual state champion Trinity Catholic.
Yulee head coach Bobby Ramsay compared his 6-foot-2, 215 pound phenom to former NFL running back Natrone Means. He also said that Henry has drawn comparisons to Eric Dickerson, because of his ability to both pound the ball as well as break big plays.
"He's really powerful," Ramsay said. "Once he gets his shoulder pads downhill, he's opening up and trying to get to the end zone."Video of Derrick Henry
Colleges have begun to take notice, as Ramsay said every school that has seen his film as offered. Though he's very comfortable with the Florida State coaching staff, Henry has expressed a desire to play in the SEC, said Ramsay.
Henry becomes the third winner of the National Sophomore of the Year, joining Tennessee commit Justin Worley
and Aledo running back Johnathan Gray
. He highlights this year's 2010 U.S. Air Force All-American Team presented by MaxPreps.First Team OffenseJake Oliver, WR, 6-4, 180, Dallas Jesuit (Texas)
A rare 5A all-state selection as a sophomore, Oliver caught 85 passes for 1,302 yards and 13 touchdowns in the regular season and was the district 9-5A offensive newcomer of the year.James Quick, WR, 6-1, 175, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Quick was a Courier-Journal first team all-state selection following an 88-catch season in which he compiled 1,114 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added four more touchdowns rushing and returning kicks.
Akia Booker, WR, 6-0, 180, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
Following the graduation of several key offensive pieces, Booker stepped up to fill a major void by making 73 receptions for 1,035 yards and 12 scores.Dalton Keene, TE, 6-3, 215, Jacksonville (Ill.)
The big, athletic tight end is drawing early comparisons to C.J. Fiedorowicz.Lovell Peterson, OL, 6-3, 280, Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio)
The third team Division 1 all-state pick helped pave the way for Braxton Miller with both his run blocking and pass blocking.Jordan Poland, OL, 6-8, 335, Williams Field (Gilbert, Ariz.)
A massive specimen, Poland earned 4A all-state recognition, the only sophomore in Arizona to do so.Kyle Bosch, OL, 6-4, 260, St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.)
Bosch is already receiving heavy interest from multiple colleges and could be one of 2013's most heavily recruited players.
Adam Coon, OL, 6-5, 230, Fowlerville (Mich.)
A wrestling state champion as a freshman, Coon continues to show that he's a force on the football field as well, earning Lansing State Journal dream team honors.Anthony Juarez, OL, 6-5, 280, Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
Juarez started on the line for one of the most impressive offenses in the country. He helped Centennial score a whopping 771 points on the season.Max Browne, QB, 6-5, 200, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Filling in for Jake Heaps, Browne thrived as a first-year starter, completing 294 of 432 passes for 4,182 yards and 50 touchdowns.B.J. Beecher, QB, 6-6, 180, Concord (N.C.)
Beecher came into his own as a sophomore. He was 166 of 315 for 2,606 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was an All-Cabarrus News pick.Derrick Henry, RB, 6-2, 215, Yulee (Fla.)
The National Sophomore of the Year, Henry was nearly unstoppable. He scored at least three touchdowns in nine of Yulee's 12 games.
Kelvin Taylor, RB, 5-10, 190, Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Last year's National Freshman of the Year overcame injuries to rush for 2,517 yards and 35 scores on 288 carries, earning Sun-Sentinel Small School Player of the Year honors.Thomas Tyner, RB, 6-2, 198, Aloha (Beaverton, Ore.)
Thomas has the makings of one of the best running backs to ever come out of Oregon. He was the 6A offensive player of the year after rushing 197 times for 1,821 yards and 19 scores.Deion Stitt, ATH, 5-11, 160, Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Already a two-year starter, Stitt did a little of everything for Bayside and provided solid leadership for a Marlins squad that made the Division 6 final.Jay Mattox, K, 5-11, 150, Las Vegas (Nev.)
Mattox converted 10 of 13 field goal attempts, with a long of 51 yards.