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 Ohio State-bound senior 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.
“It’s a surreal feeling,” McLaurin told The Indianapolis Star. “When you have this (No. 1) jersey on, you are part of elite company, and I don’t take it for granted to represent Indiana, my school and my family.”
McLaurin is listed as a receiver, which is where he’s expected to play for the Buckeyes.
But he did so much more, and it was never more evident than in Cathedral’s Class 5-A 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 doesn’t get much better than that.
“He’s the guy we counted on,” coach Rick Streiff said. “He’s 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.”
McLaurin is the second Mr. Football winner from Cathedral since it was first awarded in 1992. Otis Shannon, the state’s all-time leading rusher until he was passed by Mireles this season, won it in 2000.
Purichia finished the season with 3,718 yards and 46 TDs and led Ritter to the Class 2-A title. DeSomer threw for 137 yards and one TD and ran for 62 yards and another TD as Andrean (15-0) completed its perfect season by winning the Class 3-A title.
Mireles ran for 2,719 yards and 39 TDs this season, averaging 10.7 yards per carry and finished his career with a state-record 8,110 yards. Roberts went into the Class 6-A title game with 36 catches, 471 yards and four TDs in just eight games. He also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD, the Greyhounds’ only score in a 7-6 loss to Warren Central.
Bob Gaddis also was selected as the Dave Land Coach of the Year after leading Columbus East to a perfect season and the school’s second state championship. Columbus East beat Fort Wayne Dwenger 28-27 in the Class 4-A title game. Gaddis is 135-29 in 13 seasons at the school and 253-129 in 35 seasons overall.