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Football: Malcolm Jones is Gatorade national player of the year

December 10, 2009 | 11:00 am

Matt Barkley. Peyton Manning. Emmitt Smith. Those are just a few of the former high school football players who were named Gatorade national football players of the years over the last 25 years, and Oaks Christian running back Malcolm Jones joined the list today with the announcement he had won this year's award.

He has committed to UCLA, and he would become the first Bruin to have won the award. Past recipient Joe Mauer, the American League most valuable player from the Minnesota Twins, was scheduled to surprise Jones in class today, followed by a school assembly presenting him the trophy.

Jones is nearing 6,000 career yards rushing and has led Oaks Christian to a 13-0 record this season.

-- Eric Sondheimer