Conway’s Mykal Moody could join a list of distinguished South Carolina high school football players.
Moody was named a finalist for South Carolina’s Mr. Football award. Byrnes’ Akia Booker, T.L. Hanna’s Ben Boulware, Strom Thurmond’s Darius Hammond, Goose Creek’s Tramel Terry and Moody will all find out their fate on December 7 when the winner is announced at Myrtle Beach High School.
“It’s an honor,” Moody said. “I just want to thank God for being able to be a finalist for this award.”
The Mr. Football award is one of the greatest awards a football player can receive. Tigers coach Chuck Jordan wasn’t surprised to find out that his star quarterback was a finalist.
“When you look at his body of work, especially over four years, it is unparallel,” Jordan said. “Take a look at the passing yardage and rushing yardage that he has been able to put up. To my knowledge, no one has been able to do it as consistent as he has.”
Jordan couldn’t be more right.
Moody has amassed 813 yards rushing and has passed for 1,543 with one game left in the regular season. He has a combined 36 touchdowns on the year. Last year, Moody had 1,490 yards rushing and 1,519 yards passing with a combined 47 touchdowns.
“His versatility,” is the key to Moody’s success, Jordan said. “He is a dual threat with his running and passing ability. He can obviously play anywhere.”
Moody added: “What Coach Jordan said is a big part. But, another big part of my game is to make it easier for my teammates. I can do multiple things with the ball in my hands.”
If Moody wins the award in December, he will join the likes of current USC stars Jadeveon Clowney and Marcus Lattimore, Myrtle Beach’s J.D. Melton and former Gamecocks Stephon Gilmore and Stephen Davis.
“All of those players are just great,” Moody said. “It’s just a great honor to be a finalist in such a category in my career.”
Even though Moody is such an electric player on the field, Jordan feels he is even better off of it.
“He is a better kid than he is a player,” Jordan said.
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