2013 KHQA MO/IA Offensive MVP: CALEB KIZER



      Running Back, Palmyra

      RATIONALE: How's this for football irony... the most explosive weapon in the Tri States this season was "technically" the third option on his own team this season; at least if you put any credence into total rushing attempts.

      Which makes it a frightening to consider what Caleb Kizer might have done in a less cluttered offensive backfield, if he hadn't been splitting carries with both Josh Hultz and Brock Butler. Heck, it was frightening enough for Palmyra opponents what the kid did on just 134 total attempts this season; though I am quite certain it felt like much more than that to the defenses who tried futilely to stop the Panther Speedster.

      The numbers Kizer produced are staggering. He had 24 rushing touchdowns on the season, meaning he scored the football at an area best rate of once every 5 and half carries. His per rush average of 10.5 yards per carry was also among the highest in the region as well. And his versatility was tremendous. Caleb ended this season with 2165 All Purpose Yards; a stat that encompasses his work as a receiving threat out of the backfield and his special teams contributions. He produced 15 catches in the Palmyra passing game, good for 320 yards (at a team best rate 21 yards per catch) and a pair of touchdowns. He added a 27th total touchdown with a punt return for score against Centralia in Week Two. In all, those stats breakdown to roughly 166 yards of total offense per game in fueling a Panther Offense that averaged 45 points per contest. He was essentially the straw that stirred the drink for the Panther attack and was recognized as such by League Coaches, who named Caleb Kizer the Clarence Cannon Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

      And while it holds less bearing on this award, Kizer's all around abilities as a total football player should not be dismissed in the equation of figuring just what he meant to his team. That same hallmark quickness and aggression netted the Blackshirt Defense 75 total tackles, nine stops for loss, and a pair of interceptions. Bottom line, Caleb Kizer was as a good a pure football player as any who laced up cleats in the Tri States this season and a deserving honoree as you 2013 KHQA Missouri/Iowa Offensive MVP{>}

      Runner-Up: Mitch Nichols, Hannibal

      Viewer Vote: Caleb Kizer, Palmyra

      Past Winners:

      2012: Austin Egley, Clark County

      2011: Scott Kroeger, Clopton/Elsberry

      2010: Mark Nemes, Hannibal

      2009: Justin Alderton, Clark County

      2008: Shawn Maloney, Monroe City

      2007: James Hurt, Keokuk

      2006: James Vandenberg, Keokuk

      2005: Josh Roberts, Clark County

      2004: Jared Bichsel, Monroe City

      2003: Aaron Bergeson, Hannibal

      2002: Clint Carroz, Mark Twain

      2001: Wentric Williams, Hannibal

      2000: Will Clayton, Hannibal

      1999: Matt Paris, Monroe City

      1998: Craig Lewis, Keokuk

      1997: Ryan Watson, Monroe City