Blake Moore, Ogden High's three-sport star, was named the national winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman award Friday night at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
The results will officially be announced on the Heisman Trophy award presentation show today at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN. There will also be a special high school Heisman hour-long special featuring Moore and the other finalists on ESPN2 on Dec. 29.Moore, a Deseret News All-State quarterback who last month led the Tigers to the 3A semifinals, was picked over five other national finalists for excelling as a "scholar, citizen and athlete."
"That's super. What an honor," said Ogden High football coach Steve Coburn after Moore's mother called him to tell him the news from New York Friday. "I've just got big old tears in my eyes."
Moore is as devoted to helping others as he is to excelling in athletics. For his Eagle Scout project, he collected books in his neighborhood for a homeless shelter in Ogden. He also helps clean up local parks and spends time at a hospital reading to children.
Moore, who plays basketball and baseball for Ogden, is also an excellent student. He carries a 4.0 GPA and was recently named Academic All-State.
"I just know how hard it has been for him and how hard he works," said an emotional Coburn. "What an exciting time for Ogden High."
Moore, a two-year starter at quarterback, threw for 1,578 yards and 15 TDs on 89-of-170 passing.