From the time he was a sophomore, Mitch Trubisky had to deal with expectations. He was always being compared to another great quarterback to come out of Mentor, Class of 2007’s Bart Tanski. While Tanski was quarterbacking Mentor to back-to-back championship games, Trubisky was on the sidelines as a ball boy. Tanski would win Ohio’s Mr. Football his senior year, and Mentor would advance to the state title game. Much of the same was put on the shoulders of Trubisky entering his senior year. While Mentor will not play in the state title game, Trubisky did match Tanski in another area:
Ohio’s Mr. Football
Trubisky was voted this year’s winner of the award this morning by the Associated Press. The award is given to the state of Ohio’s most outstanding player, regardless of Division. Trubisky beat out the likes of Kareem Hunt of Willoughby South, JuWan Woodley of Columbus Bishop Hartley, and Keith Watkins of Cincinnati Moeller. By losing to Toledo Whitmer in the state semi-finals an ongoing trend has continued: No Ohio Mr. Football award winner has ever been on a state championship team.
Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno knows what kind of player he has had over the last two and half years:
“Trubisky is special because he can do it with his arms and his feet, and he is so darn smart in the game of football. If there is anyone who is deserving of this award, it is him”
Trubisky made all this happen with a very young team. Of the five starting receivers, four were juniors, and one was a sophomore. There was only one senior offensive lineman. He pretty much put the Mentor offense on his back and carried them the whole year. In wins over Warren Harding, St. Edward, and St. Ignatius, Trubisky averaged close to 500 yards of total offense passing and running. It was a playoff run not lost on his coach:
“He took this community on an unbelievable ride, and did everything he possibly could have done, and that was pretty special”
Trubisky finished his career with 9,128 yards passing, with 92 touchdowns, ranking him in the top ten in the state of Ohio in career passing yards. He also ran for 1,559 yards, including going over 100 yards in three of his four state playoff games.
What’s next for Mitch Trubisky?
Trubisky and his 3.7 GPA will graduate from Mentor in December, and enroll at the University of North Carolina in January, so he will be able to participate in spring football practice for the Tar Heels.
Opposing coaches can finally breathe easy..…Well, not really. There are two more Trubisky’s yet to come for teams to deal with. Eight grader Manning Trubisky, and Sixth grader Mason Trubisky…and oh yes, they are both quarterbacks
Congratulations to Mentor’s Mitch Trubisky for being named Ohio’s Mr. Football