– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The 2017 football season is in the books and it was a great one. It’s time to start recognizing some of the great individual performances we saw throughout the season. It’s time for Awards Week here on OKPreps. Throughout the week, we’ll have different posts recognizing the best of the best. For the complete schedule and a look at previous posts, check it out at the bottom of this post. We continue things today with the OKPreps Most Improved Player for 2017. Several things go into deciding who the Most Improved Player is. It’s also different than the breakout stars category. For most improved, you have to be a player on the radar and make a huge jump from the previous season. That’s exactly what we saw from this year’s winner.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Quarterback – Midwest City
Midwest City quarterback Preston Colbert was one of only two juniors who were named finalists for the OKPreps Player Of The Year award. Colbert’s jump from his sophomore to junior year was something that nobody saw coming, and that’s exactly why he’s this year’s OKPreps Most Improved Player. Colbert became one of the more efficient passers in the state and made Midwest City’s offense a deadly one. He threw for 3,278 and 36 touchdowns while completing an astonishing 77% of his passes. He finished with only 4 interceptions on the season. He also finished with over 800 yards rushing on the ground and 14 touchdowns. He led the Bombers to their first semifinal since the 6A split.
Colbert was a player that was set up to have a nice junior season. He did well in his sophomore season a year ago but there was plenty of room for growth. Colbert was one of the players we highlighted as a player to watch before the 2017 season started. However, Colbert blew away our original expectations and reached new heights this year. Last year, Colbert only threw for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns. He doubled his yardage output, went from 13 touchdowns to 36 and cut his interceptions (8 last season) in half this year. Colbert was also a much more productive runner in the Bomber offense.
Part of Colbert’s success has to be credited to new offensive coordinator Paul Hix. The former Moore head coach came over in the spring and immediately turned a Bomber offense that had struggled in the past, into one that put up a lot of points. Colbert also had several playmakers helping him out at the receiver position. After accounting for 50 total touchdowns this year, Colbert will be on everyone’s radar as one of the top players in the state in 2018.
December 18: Class By Class Player Of The Year
December 19: Breakout Stars
Today: Most Improved Player
December 22: OKPreps All State 1st Team
December 23: Complete All State Team
December 24: OKPreps Player Of The Year & Coach Of The Year
December 25: OKPreps Fan’s Favorite & Career Achievement Award