2017 IndyStar Mr. Football position winners

Quarterback

Reese Taylor, Ben Davis: Taylor led Ben Davis to a perfect 14-0 record and Class 6A state championship as a senior. Taylor passed for 3,150 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior, completing 73 percent of his throws. The Indiana recruit also rushed for 802 yards and 15 TDs.

 

Running back

Johnny Adams, Ben Davis: Adams averaged an astounding 10.2 yards per carry as a senior to help the Giants to the Class 6A state title. The Cal recruit rushed for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns and also caught 13 passes for 202 yards and four TDs.

 

Wide receiver

Isaac Guerendo, Avon: Guerendo, a Wisconsin recruit, caught 54 passes for 1,258 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior to help the Orioles to a 10-3 record and Class 6A regional championship. Guerendo also rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

 

Tight end

Alec Burton, Danville: The 6-6 Burton caught 52 passes for 752 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior to help the Warriors to a Class 3A semistate appearance and 13-1 record. Burton, an Ohio recruit, also rushed for three touchdowns in short-yardage situations and had eight tackles for a loss.

 

Offensive line

Emil Ekiyor, Cathedral: The 6-3, 330-pound Ekiyor moved to center as a senior and was a dominant force for an offense that averaged 229 rushing yards per game against a tough schedule. Ekiyor, a four-star recruit, is committed to Alabama.

 

Kicker

Ben Norton, Fishers: Norton, a three-year starter, holds almost all of the Fishers’ kicking records. He was 13-for-19 on field goals as a senior with a long of 48 yards and three field goals of more than 40 yards. For his career, Norton was 33-for-47 on field goals. He also averaged 40.1 yards per punt as a senior.

 

Defensive line

Lawrence Johnson, Fort Wayne Snider: The 6-3, 305-pound Purdue recruit was a three-year starter at Fort Wayne Snider and led the Panthers to an 11-1 record and sectional championship. Johnson made 50 tackles, including seven for a loss and three sacks, as a senior. Snider was 36-3 in Johnson’s 39 starts.

 

Linebacker

Hugh Davis, Cathedral and Cameron McGrone, Lawrence Central: These two standouts share the linebacker award. The 6-1, 215-pound Davis made 65 tackles as a senior, including 18 for a loss, as the Irish won a Class 5A regional. Davis is a Boston College recruit. McGrone, a 6-1, 215-pound Michigan recruit, made 84 tackles, including 14 for a loss and four sacks, in seven games for the Class 6A state-ranked Bears.

 

Defensive back

Paul Moala, Penn: The 6-1, 200-pound free safety made 79 tackles as a senior to help Penn make a Class 6A finals appearance. Moala, a Notre Dame recruit, was also a returner and scored seven touchdowns. He recovered two fumbles and had one interception.

 

Punter

Ben VonGunten, Leo: VonGunten earned a reputation as owning one of the strongest legs in the state as a junior and kept it up as a senior. He averaged 37.5 yards per punt and placed 10 of his 21 attempts inside the 20-yard-line. VonGunten also made 33-for-34 on extra-point attempts.