From staff and wire reports
COLUMBUS — Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky already had a legendary career. He burnished it with a legendary playoff run.
Now the 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior has been rewarded for his accomplishments on and off the field by being selected as the 26th winner of the Associated Press Mr. Football award, given annually to the best player in Ohio.
The North Carolina signee, also an outstanding student, passed for more than 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 835 yards and 18 TDs, helping to carry the Cardinals to the state semifinals.
Brunswick and Medina know all too well how good Trubisky is.
Against the Blue Devils in a 49-21 Mentor victory, Trubisky accounted for six TDs in a 19-minute span. He connected on 19-of-24 passes for 295 yards and five TDs. The senior QB also had a game-high 93 yards rushing on 11 carries with one TD.
Medina couldn’t stop Mr. Football, either. While playing just the first half in a 63-21 win over the Bees, Trubisky led the Cardinals to seven TDs on seven drives. He went 12-of-17 passing with 210 yards and two scores and rushed six times for 72 yards and a score.
Past recipients of the AP Mr. Football award include Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, former NFL star Robert Smith and another Mentor quarterback, Bart Tanski.