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Evansville Reitz' McIntosh wins Indiana Mr. Football

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS -- Evansville Reitz quarterback Paul McIntosh is the landslide winner of The Indianapolis Star's Indiana Mr. Football award.

The senior led Reitz to a 15-0 record and the Class 4A state championship. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,292 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,621 yards and 34 touchdowns on 205 carries.

McIntosh received 143 of a possible 193 votes from ballots sent to coaches and media members. Franklin Central running back Darius Willis was second with 10 votes.

McIntosh said he tries to emulate Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida.

"But I'm not half the player he is. He's pretty special," McIntosh told the Star.

Reitz finished the season with a 33-14 victory over Lowell in the state championship game at the RCA Dome. McIntosh gained more than 250 total yards, ran for three touchdowns and passed for two others. Two weeks earlier, he scored the game-winning two-point conversion on an option keeper in a 61-60 victory over Columbus East.

McIntosh made a verbal commitment to Ball State, but he visited West Point last week. Some schools looked at him as a defensive back, but he is not interested in switching from quarterback.

"I just love being in that position on the field," he said. "Everything that happens, I have a part in. I kind of like that."

Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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