TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

September 17, 2012

Canady putting up Mr. Football numbers


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — We’re five games into the 2012 high school football season and it’s time for the rest of the state to give some love to Knox Central’s Jeffrey Canady.

Canady has helped guide the Panthers to the first 5-0 start in school history while putting up some crazy numbers on both offense and defense that should put his name up there with some of the other top high school football players’ names for this year’s Mr. Football.

Yep, that’s right, after five weeks of high school football in the Bluegrass State, Canady is very deserving of the award.

Knox Central has played a challenging schedule so far, and Canady has played a big part of the Panthers’ success.

Canady ran for 322 yards and five touchdowns during Knox Central’s 48-28 win over Clinton, Tenn., Friday. Let’s just say when he is called on, he delivers.

His 322-yard performance on the ground has moved his average per game rushing total to an impressive 189.6 yards per game and let’s not forget two things, that average could be even higher as he set out the entire second half during Knox Central’s 40-21 opening-game win over South Laurel and he’s got a teammate that he shares the load with in the backfield in Jonathan Gist and that’s what makes Knox Central even more tough to beat.

Before this past Friday’s game, Gist led Knox Central in carries with 71 while Canady had 65. Canady now has 87 carries on the season and leads his team with 948 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns and that’s not counting what he’s doing when he catches the ball and the plays he’s making on defense.

Before Friday, Canady had four receptions for 87 yards while garnering two interceptions on defense with one being taken back for a touchdown. He was also fourth on the team in tackles before Friday’s game with 20.

The scary thing about Canady is it looks as if he’s just now starting to heat up.

He rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns against South Laurel and followed that with a 101-yard effort along with one touchdown against Karns, Tenn. Canady flexed his muscles against Johnson Central and ran for 210 yards and scored five touchdowns and put up a 202-yard and one touchdown effort against Gatlinburg-Pittman, Tenn., before running for 322 yards and five TDs this past week.

Canady will be the first to tell you, Knox Central isn’t a one-man show and being in the running for Mr. Football isn’t his main concern.

He is one of the most humble student-athletes I’ve covered in a long time and I’m positive he’s wanting to help his team in any way to capture its first-ever district and regional championships while making a deep run in the postseason.

The Panthers are that good this season to accomplish both of those feats and then some and one of the reasons they’ll be able to do it is because of the athletic play and ability of Canady.

It’s an exciting time in the Tri-County, we’ve got a Mr. Football candidate in our own backyard.