Jefferson’s Isaac Myers is The Journal’s Offensive Football Player of the Year
Isaac Myers set some pretty lofty goals for himself going into his senior season at Jefferson.
He wanted to pass for 3,000 yards, for instance.
He reached that number, not just how Myers envisioned.
Myers wound up more than 3,000 yards in total offense – 2,057 passing and 1,308 rushing – as Jefferson won a playoff game for the first time in many years.
His versatility for the Cougars helped earn him The Journal’s Offensive Football Player of the year, winning over a crop of exemplary candidates.
Myers played a huge role on both Jefferson’s squad and the Cougars’ success.
At times, it almost seemed like Myers was a one-man offensive show.
“I got that a lot,” said Myers, who didn’t find the representation of him so endearing.
“I couldn’t get all those yards and thrown the ball like I did without my teammates,” Myers said.
He just did what his coaches expected.
“The coaches asked me to step into a position, so I stepped in,” Myers said.
“I try to do my best at my position.
“Coach said they would put a lot on my shoulders. I didn’t expect it. But they did put a lot on my shoulders.”
When tailback Jeremy Beach was lost to injury for a game and a half, Myers hoisted even more on his shoulders, because the backup running back had limited experience.
Even when Beach came back for Jefferson’s first-round playoff encounter with Musselman, Myers still did most of his team’s running as the Cougars tried ease Beach back into the lineup.
He scored the first four touchdowns in leading Jefferson to a 36-0 victory over the Applemen.
Musselman, with a late fourth-quarter outburst, beat the Cougars 40-15 in the regular season.
“We had a huge chip on our shoulders,” Myers said. “But we had it. My teammates enjoyed that.
“That was enjoyable.”
The Cougars lost to Capital in the second round of the playoffs.
Myers hopes that game didn’t represent the end of his football career.
“Yes, I have always have had a dream to make it to the big leagues,” Myers said. “I’m just waiting for the colleges to come.
“If not, I have athletic training (studies). And, if not that, the military.”
One college that did come was Bluefield College of Virginia. Given the interest, he went there, too, to visit and take a look.
“There were only about 100 people there,” he said, not troubled by the limited interest. He doesn’t expect to be a quarterback.
“I know I’m not a true quarterback, but I was a filler,” Myers said.
Even through he threw for a lot of yards, Myers also threw a lot of interceptions as a junior.
“I was horrific,” he said.
His senior year, though, he was 2-1 in favor of touchdown passes compared with interceptions.
Once a running back before a broken leg ended his sophomore season, Myers figures he could return to the position in college, or he might wind up as a tight end.
At whatever he positions where he winds up, his senior year gave colleges cause to take a look.