Defensive Player of the Year for 2010 was tough as multiple players stood out. In the trenches, the hard, unsung work of Cherokee Trail’s Ryan Campbell, Mountain Vista’s Clay Norgard, Broomfield’s Phil Latimer and Valor Christian’s Javaughn Johnson grabbed my attention.
Working at the next level from the linebacker position, Mullen’s terror trio of Daigh, Healy and Willingham was tough to beat. Monarch’s Joe Kawulok got after passers and Grandview’s Eddie Yarbrough was a man amongst boys.
In the secondary John Tidwell and Sammy Smalldon of Rangeview may have been the state’s top duo and Ezekiel Bishop of Denver East was a tackling missile.
With review of tape, multiple changes in choice and great gnashing of teeth, PrepColorado has tabbed Connor Healy of Mullen as the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. Personally I have been a fan of Healy’s game for quite some time and there was little this year that would change that point of view. Smart, tough and boasting a motor that did not stop Healy made plays all over the place for the Mullen D.
Beyond his technique and motor, Healy’s versatility stood out. Whether lining up in the middle, playing off the edge, blitzing or in coverage Healy was around the play. During the 5A state championship, Mullen’s third in row, Healy was everywhere getting a piece of each play.
During the three year run, multiple Mullen athletes, on both sides of the ball, posted stats and showed ability that is now, or will soon be on display Saturday’s in DI stadiums across the country. But it was always the Mullen defense that was the key to the titles as they allowed few yards and few scores. The glue to this defense, especially this season, was Healy’s play. This analyst can’t wait to watch Healy’s game, well tailored for Air Force, play on Saturday soon.