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Football Player Rankings: No. 4, Jayden Gordon

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Jayden Gordon is not Trent Banner. Not many are. Gordon’s not going to throw for 6,000-plus yards over two seasons while shattering Northern Section passing records.

But Gordon is every bit as lethal as Banner was running the Cougars’ offense.

“Jayden has his own skill set,” Foothill coach Joey Brown said.  

Gordon comes in as the No. 4 player in the 2018 Football Player Rankings, which are based on varsity experience and potential impact for the upcoming season.

Those skills include the arm to find open receivers in the Cougars’ spread set, but also the ability to tuck and run if that’s what the defense gives the incoming senior. In 2017, Gordon threw for 941 yards on 79-of-15 passing (50 percent completion rate) and six TDs. He added 888 yards on the ground on 145 carries and another 11 scores.

The Cougars still plan on being balanced  in the run-pass game, but Brown sees big things coming from his QB as his pre-snap reads have only gotten better from last year to this year.

“His maturity is the biggest change,” Brown said adding that Gordon has the poise and presence of a seasoned vet.

Reminder: the player rankings are based on varsity experience and potential impact for the 2018 season, taking into consideration coaches input, stats, postseason awards and first-hand experience.

Release Schedule for Player Rankings
Aug. 15 – Nos. 36-50
Aug. 15 – Nos. 26-35
Aug. 16 – Nos. 21-25
Aug. 17 – Nos. 16-20
Aug. 18 – Nos. 11-15
Aug. 19 – Nos. 6-10
Aug. 20 – No. 5, Bailey Small, Fall River
Aug. 21 – No. 4, Jayden Gordon, Foothill
Aug. 22 – No. 3, Leslie Cummings, Enterprise
Aug. 23 – No. 2, Bailey Sulzer, West Valley
Aug. 24 – No. 1, Parker Phillips, Anderson

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for more than two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High.

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