Mentor's Mitch Trubisky Named Mr. Football

Trubisky shattered records at Mentor High, accumulating more than 1,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing, while leading the Cardinals to the state semifinals

What is Mentor High quarterback Mitch Trubisky's resume to be Mr. Football?

What made the Associated Press of Ohio pick Trubisky as the best football player in the state?

We could talk about the numbers. Trubisky shattered several Mentor records this year with 1,129 yards rushing, 4,065 yards passing and a total of 60 touchdowns. (Bear in mind that some of these records had been set by 2007 Mr. Football, Bart Tanski.)

Trubisky also averaged 40 yards per punt, for those who might doubt his leg strength.

For the three years Trubisky was quarterback -- he platooned his sophomore year -- he threw for 9,126 yards and 92 touchdowns.

But Trubisky didn't just rack up some glamorous statistics. He and the Cardinals won games.

Trubisky led Mentor to a 12-2 record this season, which including a wild 4-game playoff run where the Cardinals overcame a 21-point deficit against St. Edward and out-toughed St. Ignatius in three overtimes.

For the last three years, the Cardinals have been 30-8.

Most importantly, Trubisky had the respect of his teammates -- many of who tweeted their support Wednesday night.

And Trubisky's reaction to the honor? Humility.

"It’s very exciting," Trubisky told The News-Herald. "I’m very humbled."

While Trubisky was slow to compliment himself, Mentor High Football Coach Steve Trivisonno was quick to praise him.

"When you look back and analyze it, we were pretty darn young and he put this team on his back and took this community for a ride and took us as far as he possibly could, and that was pretty special," Trivisonno told The Plain Dealer.

Trivisonno has now coached two Mr. Footballs in six years.

Trubisky's win completed a unique and unprecedented sweep for Mentor High School.

Never before this has a single school produced Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football in the same calendar year.

Justin Fritts, who graduated in spring, was named Mr. Basketball earlier this year. Fritts also tweeted Trubisky his congratulations, adding the hashtag #BACK2BACK.

In addition to Mr. Football, Trubisky was named Offensive Player of the Year.

Trubisky was recruited by North Carolina. He will graduate early from Mentor and will enroll in January.


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