Nov. 20, 2014 - Adding once again to his growing list of athletic achievements, two-sport athlete Sam Darnold, is one of 16 high school seniors to be nominated for the 2015 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, which is presented to the most outstanding senior high school football player in the country.
Darnold, Triton Basketball's all-league guard/forward, is quarterback of the Triton Football team, which at this writing he is preparing to lead into November 28's CIF-SS Southwest Division Semifinal game against Capistrano Valley.
He has thrown for 2,641 yards and 37 touchdowns plus rushed for another 543 yards and 10 touch-downs
The only Orange County player nominated for the National Player of the Year honor, Darnold is one of four California players on this list.
Six finalists for the award will be announced on December 2, and the winner will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show on January 2 in San Antonio. The winner will be presented with the Ken Hall Trophy – modeled after high school football legend Ken “Sugar Land Express” Hall.
Former winners include Kevin Jones (2001), Lorenzo Booker (2002), Chris Leak (2003), Ryan Perrilloux (2005), Mitch Mustain (2006), Jimmy Clausen (2007), Terrelle Pryor (2008), Bryce Brown (2009), Dillon Baxter (2010), Demetrius Hart (2011), Dorial Green-Beckham (2012), Max Browne (2013) and Elijah Hood (2014).
On January 3, Darnold will be one of the 90 players nationally who have been selected to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be televised on NBC
2015 U.S. Army Player of the Year Nominees:
QB — Darnold Sam, San Clemente High School (San Clemente)
DB — Johnny Frasier, Princeton High School (Princeton, N.C.)
DL — Rasheem Green, Junipero Serra High School (Gardena)
RB — Derrius Guice, Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, La.)
LB — Porter Gustin, Salem Hills High School (Salem Hills, Utah)
OL — Martez Ivey, Apopka High School (Apopka, Fla.)
DB — Donte Jackson, Riverdale High School (Jefferson, La.)
RB — Sosa Jamabo, Plano West High School (Plano, Texas)
WR — Van Jefferson, Ravenwood High School (Brentwood, Tenn.)
WR — Blake Lynch, Gilmer High School (Gilmer, Texas)
DB — Iman Marshall, Long Beach Poly High School (Long Beach)
QB — Kyler Murray, Allen High School (Allen, Texas)
QB — Jarrett Stidham, Stephenville High School (Stephenville, Texas)
DL — Trenton Thompson, Westover High School (Albany, Ga.)
RB — Chris Warren, Rockwall High School (Rockwall, Texas)
QB — Brady White, William S. Hart High School (Santa Clara