Offensive Player of the Year: Queen defies notion of sophomore slump
by Carlton D. White
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December 16, 2012 01:19 AM | 6155 views | 7 7 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tyler Queen
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Tyler Queen
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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North Cobb averaged 41 points in its run to the Class AAAAAA semifinals, due in large part to the bevy of playmakers at its disposal.

From receivers Nick Miller and Xavier Borishade, to running back J’Vonte Herrod, to defensive standouts Shaun Daniels, Hakeem Sawyer, Eghosa Agbonghae, Cameron Albright and Emmanuel Slaughter, the Warriors had the type of talent most teams would dream to have.

Also included in the plethora of playmakers was sophomore quarterback Tyler Queen, who blossomed into the catalyst for North Cobb’s offensive attack.

With 165 completions in 293 attempts for 2,607 yards and 23 touchdowns, Queen guided North Cobb to an 11-3 record and a region runner-up finish after the team finished 5-6 in 2011. He also carried the ball 163 times for 925 yards and 20 touchdowns, making him not only a dual-threat success, but the 2012 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Football Offensive Player of the Year.

“I’m really honored to be offensive player of the year, but not surprised because I worked really hard in the offseason and during the season to be the best player I could be,” Queen said. “I respect all of the guys in the county, and there are so many talented players that I know anyone of us could have gotten this.

“It was a crazy year, and I’m just glad I was part of the team that got my dad his first playoff win and first trip to the semifinals. We worked hard all year. I had great playmakers and receivers, the coaching staff put us in position to execute some great plays and the offensive line really gets a lot of the credit because they gave me time to throw the ball and opened up holes for us.”

Queen’s father and coach, Shane Queen, credited Tyler’s improvement to his years of experience and offseason preparation. Because Tyler started as a freshman, the game slowed down for him this season, and his overall work ethic did the rest.

“He’s been around this all his life,” the elder Queen said. “He grew up with it, and he’s been with our system for five years. That’s a huge amount of time to grow, and his decision-making from this year to last year was huge. Tyler’s a smart football player who picks up things quickly, and I’m really proud of him for what he’s accomplished.”

One of the things the younger Queen worked on during the offseason was his speed and footwork. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, he was a hard to bring down on the run, and the read-option spread offense the Warriors ran demanded a versatile type of quarterback.

“I was originally all arm and more of a pocket passer,” Queen said. “I’m not the fastest guy, but I worked on some things in the offseason to increase my speed and people started taking notice.”

One Football Bowl Subdivision program, Middle Tennessee State, has already noticed and offered Queen a scholarship Saturday.

With help from his father and offensive coordinator Tim Clark, Queen is looking forward to more success. Even though the Warriors lost 63-42 to Lovejoy in the Class AAAAAA semifinals, the season turned out to be a special one for him.

“It’s one of the greatest things playing for my dad,” he said. “We get to spend a lot of time together, so it’s very cool, and getting that close to the (championship game at the Georgia) Dome was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

There should certainly be more chances for success to come, if Queen’s father has anything to say about it.

“When you have a good year early on like Tyler did, you have to make sure that you don’t get complacent,” Shane Queen said. “That’s what I keep telling him. You have to continue to work on things in the offseason like footwork and reads and decision-making and accuracy.

“There’s a lot of room for growth for him and any other player. It’s my job, and coach Clark’s job, to help get him there.”
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Good kid
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December 23, 2012
It's good to see this succcess @ NCHS football with all the "Anti-Queen" crap floating around out there over the last year or so. You're not seeing anyone complaining about nepotism now are you? That kid can flat out play, his Dad knew it and he proved it on the field. Glad to see him succeed, sucks that we have to play them over the next few years though...not looking good for the Mountain. Congrats TQ.
was appvliz
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December 18, 2012
My own words… “hate” is not the right word…At the end of the day, we’re only talking about 17 year old kids and high school football here. You’re right; a few parents transfer their kids every year in high school for various reasons. Same is true in pound ball. I am just glad that the ones that did not transfer were the ones that enjoyed the special limelight and satisfaction of helping their school do something it hadn’t done in over 50 years.
eryneil Evans
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December 17, 2012
Congratulations to the North Cobb players that did NOT transfer to McEachern and Altoona.
my own words
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December 17, 2012
Congrats to the Warriors on a great year. eryneil evans...kids transfer all the time in high school for whatever reason. let it go. looks like things worked out pretty good for you. why all the hate??
Get Over It
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December 19, 2012
Where is all the hate coming from for those players that left. Queen clearly did not want them but you all continue to bring them up well after they have left. Maybe its because when you all went head to head with them they kick your butts or maybe its because you never cared much for them in the first place. Either way they have moved on and I would suggest you do the same.
carterclassof2011
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December 16, 2012
I am proud to be an alumni of NCHS! way to got NCHS and Tyler! 2 more years of Warrior football to dominate!
samsoe AND
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December 19, 2012
Go for it:

I do not hate and I do NOT speak for the entire Warrior Nation either. I am just a fan that do not attend school there anymore. I am glad that things worked out for both parties especially the ones that did not transfer. The highlight of your season was beating us at home in the regular season. But the highlight of our season was winning two playoff games on Albert Matthews Field and helping our school achieve something it hadn’t done in over 50 years. No hate, just glad feelings.

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