One of the top players in Oregon regardless of classification is 4A standout Andrew Peasley (6-2 180 QB 18′) of La Grande. As a Sophomore he earned Greater Oregon League Offensive Player of the Year honors. An accomplishment very few young athletes ever achieve. He was the only 10th grader in the state named to the Oregonian All State team.
Peasley showed off his versatility, accounting for 33 TD’s (12 rushing), while passing for 1753 yards and 21 Touchdown’s/3 INT’s. His Tigers team finished (9-2) in 2015, after going (17-47) from 2008-14. Give credit to the entire football community as the group looks to have turned a corner, also returning the GOL Defensive Player of the Year in Connor Brandt (6-2 225 17′) next season.
Speaking on 2016 Andrew says, “As a team we want to win our regular season conference title and make a deep run in the playoffs”. Adding, “Playing a high level of collegiate ball has always been a dream of mine since I was young, It would be nice if football helped me pay for my education.”
It isn’t easy getting recruited out of a rural Oregon town. That said as the state has produced multiple NFL QB’s from small Oregon schools over the last few decades. AJ Feeley (Ontario HS) Oregon Ducks, NFL 2001-11, Kellen Clemens (Burns HS) Oregon Ducks, NFL 2006-Present, Derek Anderson (Scappoose HS) Oregon St, NFL 2005-Present.
As much as anybody Peasley can change a game at any given moment. His combination of size and speed are rare, especially for an athlete still so young. Andrew will create match up problems for opponents, requiring consistent double teams if you want to contain him.
Coach Harold Shannon has done a great job getting the school back on track. Four all conference O lineman will return, (Brandt 1st team, RJ Avalos 2nd, Malachi Knox 2nd, Bobby Askins 2nd) and provide Peasley with an outstanding up front foundation.
Fellow 2018 teammate GT Blackman and 1st team all league two way threat Zack Jacobs 17′ are also back. With Peasley running the show the Tigers have a legit shot at winning their conference and competing in the playoffs. We will keep you updated as the season draws near.