Throwback Thursday

“The Pride of Hyden,” by Steve Rushin (from Sports Illustrated), 1995.

“Tim Couch, Elbert’s son, is the best high school basketball player in Kentucky. He led the state in scoring last season, with 36 points a game as a Leslie County High junior. He is expected to be named Mr. Basketball of the Bluegrass after this season, which is why most Division I basketball coaches want to upholster Couch in their school colors come 1996.

Trouble is, Tim is also the most highly sought after football recruit in the nation, one who almost certainly will break the national record for career passing yardage this Friday night in the state quarterfinals. He is 50 yards away from breaking the mark of 11,700 set two years ago by Josh Booty of Evangel Christian High in Shreveport, La., and Couch needs only five touchdown passes to break that national record as well. “Couch is the best quarterback prospect I’ve seen in 17 years,” drools Tom Lemming, who publishes a national recruiting newsletter. “Better than Jeff George, Ron Powlus and Peyton Manning. He reminds recruiters of John Elway.” ESPN draft nitwit Mel Kiper Jr. agrees and considers Tim, who is 6’5″ and 215 pounds, one of the best pro quarterback prospects in the nation. And to think that Tim is just 18.”


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