Posted: 6:16 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman



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Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman photo
Travis Rudolph, Cardinal Newman senior wide receiver. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

By Anthony Chiang

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Travis Rudolph is one of the top recruits in the country, but he doesn’t want you to know that.

“He’s not a kid that walks around thinking he’s the big man on campus,” Cardinal Newman coach Steve Walsh said.

But it doesn’t take long to see Rudolph is a special football player once he hits the field.

The sculpted 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver turned in a spectacular senior season, setting school records with 1,237 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Rudolph also finished with a team-high 63 catches.

“It shows that hard work does pay off when you do put in the work,” Rudolph said. “After practice, I put in extra work every day just working on little details to get better.”

Rudolph, who is considering Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida, helped lead Cardinal Newman to an 8-4 record and its first district title since 2004. He not only helped on the offensive side of the ball, he also recorded a team-high four interceptions.

“He’s extremely fast and he’s quick,” Walsh said. “He’s well versed in his route running. We do a lot of different things with him that most high school programs don’t do. A lot of that is because he was able to take what we were teaching him and put it into play.”

When asked which game Rudolph will be remembered for, Walsh quickly points to the Crusaders’ victory over rival King’s Academy in October. Rudolph accounted for over 200 receiving yards and three touchdown catches.

But most of all, Rudolph will be remembered for his work ethic.

“He’s where he needs to be when he needs to be there,” Walsh said. “The bottom line is when he tells you something is done, it’s done. There are no excuses with him. He tells you something, it’s going to happen.”

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Daniel Cole

Cardinal Newman

Senior, QB

First-year starter set school records, passing for 2,099 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Erick Hardnett

Cardinal Newman

Junior, RB

Physical back that ran for 908 yards and 12 touchdowns to complement the Crusaders’ potent passing game.

Devon Singletary

American Heritage

Sophomore, RB

Stepped into the void left by All-State running back Greg Bryant and rushed for 1,105 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Tre’Quan Smith

Village Academy

Senior, WR

Caught 30 passes for 674 yards and ran for 429 yards to finish with 14 total touchdowns.

Jamarius Way

Glades Central

Junior, WR

The 6-foot-3 wide out led the Raiders with over 400 receiving yards.

Andrew Owers

Cardinal Newman

Junior, TE

Finished with 33 catches and four touchdowns as the second option in the passing game.

Hayden Brockwell

American Heritage

Senior, OL

Anchor of Stallions offensive line that was at the center of a dangerous ground attack.

Chris Jones

Cardinal Newman

Senior, OL

Integral part of the Crusaders’ offense, giving QB Daniel Cole enough time to pass for a school record amount of yards and touchdowns.

Ja’Shaun Seider

Glades Central

Junior, OL

Big body that turned in a dominant junior season and is projected to be one of the top offensive line prospects in the county next season.

Edward Green

Village Academy

Junior, OL

Ended the season as his team’s best lineman, grading out at 92 percent for the Tigers.

Clark Aliapoulios

King’s Academy

Senior, OL

An athletic lineman who led the Lions with 11 knockdowns.

Shacorey Foster

American Heritage

Senior, Athlete

Special teams threat that finished with four touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns, while adding 711 rushing yards.

Paul Schumacher

King’s Academy

Senior, P/K

Four of his seven field goals came from more than 40 yards away, including a 50-yard attempt to set a school record for the longest field goal.

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Raymond Rizk, Pope John Paul II, Junior, QB

Jerry Jones, Glades Central, Senior, RB

James Holland, King’s Academy, Senior, RB

Jordan Player, Jupiter Christian, Senior, WR

Bryce Segui, Pope John Paul II, Junior, WR

Sean Hart, King’s Academy, Sophomore, TE

AJ Cooke, King’s Academy, Junior, OL

Joey Giacomaro, Pope John Paul II, Senior, OL

Ronnie Smith, American Heritage, Senior, OL

Brandon Campbell, American Heritage, Senior, OL

Adrian Henry, Glades Central, Senior, OL

Steven Holmes, Cardinal Newman, Senior, K/P

HONORABLE MENTION

QB: Warren Robinson, American Heritage; Justin Sager, Glades Day; Bryan McGlynn, Jupiter Christian; Angelo Navaroli, Oxbridge Academy.

RB: McKenna Johnston, Benjamin; Keith Clemones, Glades Central; Jonathan Leon, Glades Day; Jonathon Rodriguez, Glades Day; Kyle Konopasek, Jupiter Christian; Travis Homer, Oxbridge Academy; McArthur Bernett, Pahokee; DeQuan McGriff, Pope John Paul II; Da’Vante Frazier, Village Academy; Shawndarrius Phillips, Village Academy.

WR: Desmond Cain, American Heritage; Brandon Shed, Benjamin; Austin Skelton, Berean Christian; Ronquavion Tarver, Glades Central; Christopher Guery, Glades Day; Tre Gabriel, Oxbridge Academy; Malik Thornton, Pahokee; Jean Constant, Village Academy; Wesley Michel, Village Academy.

TE: Austin Griffin, Oxbridge Academy.

OL: Garrett Donaldson, Benjamin; Will Schmitt, Cardinal Newman; John Stenz, Cardinal Newman; James Moore, Glades Central; Chidozie Nwigwe, King’s Academy; Amari Angram, Pahokee; Francisco Ramirez, Pahokee; Raheem Colin, Village Academy.

Kickers/Punters: Nick Rubinawitz, American Heritage; Adrian Vargas, Benjamin; Matthew Hullihan, Cardinal Newman, Giovanni Lugo, Glades Central, Harry Davis, Village Academy.

Coach of the Year

Steve Walsh, Cardinal Newman

Guided the Crusaders to their first district title since 2004 and helped them advance past the first round for the first time since he was hired five seasons ago.

 
 

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