The football honors keep coming in for Gardner Edgerton High School senior Bubba Starling.
Starling was recently named the KC Star Metro Player of the Year after rushing for 2,417 yards and 31 touchdowns for the 11-1 Trailblazers. Other top honors include the Simone Award, Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection.
“The greatest thing that can be said about Bubba was that he was a star who was easy to cheer for, which says a lot about his character,” GEHS coach Marvin Diener said. “He’s as dynamic as they come. He’s a once-in-a-coaching career kind of kid.”
The 6’5″ quarterback averaged 14.1 yards per rush and gained 2,417 yards in 172 carries. He scored 11 touchdowns on runs of 50 yards or more and 19 touchdowns of at least 25 yards.
Through the air, Starling completed 40 of 93 passes for 812 yards and eight touchdowns with six interceptions.
Starling has verbally committed to Nebraska to play football and baseball if he doesn’t sign a Major League baseball contract next summer.
Starling has one more football game to play. He will be involved in next month’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Also named to the All-Metro First Team was senior offensive lineman Lucas Powell. He played center for a ‘Blazer offense that rolled up 5,225 rushing yards and more than 6,000 total yards. On defense, he recorded two sacks.
Earning honorable mention on offense were senior running back Brett Jensen, senior defensive lineman Daniel Mauszycki and senior defensive lineman Kyle Pacheco.