INDIANAPOLIS – Terry McLaurin did everything Indianapolis Cathedral asked this season.
He caught passes, lined up in the backfield, returned kicks and even played defense.
On Wednesday, the senior headed to Ohio State was rewarded for his spectacular season with a runaway victory as the IndyStar Indiana Mr. Football. McLaurin received 19 votes, more than twice as many as runner-up Jake Purichia, from a panel of Indiana Football Coaches Association members.
Purichia, the Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter quarterback, received nine votes. Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer was third with eight, while Elwood running back Sammy Mireles had four and Carmel receiver Austin Roberts had three. Five other players received votes.
Its a surreal feeling, McLaurin told The Indianapolis Star. When you have this (No. 1) jersey on, you are part of elite company and I dont take it for granted to represent Indiana, my school and my family.
McLaurin is officially listed as a receiver, which is where hes expected to play with the Buckeyes.
But he did so much more, and it was never more evident than in Cathedrals Class 5A state championship two weeks ago. Against Westfield, McLaurin ran for two touchdowns, caught a TD pass and had an interception.
McLaurin finished the season with 58 receptions for 953 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for another 744 yards and six scores. He averaged nearly 10 yards per carry and returned two kicks for touchdowns.
It doesnt get much better than that.
Hes the guy we counted on, coach Rick Streiff said. Hes the guy we hung our hat on. The bigger the game, the more ways we had to find a way to get him the ball.