Wisconsin Sports Network and WisSports.net are proud to announce Waunakee's Leo Musso as the 2011 recipient of the Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch Award as the most outstanding senior running back in Wisconsin, part of the WSN Senior Football Awards presented by Taco Bell.
If Musso played all four quarters every game his numbers would be even more eye-popping, but as it is the Warriors have been one of the most dominant teams in the state and he rarely sees the field in the fourth quarter. Just five times this year has he carried the ball more than 20 times. Still, he's managed to rush for 2201 yards and 35 touchdowns on just 250 carries and is one of the biggest breakaway threats in the state.
Well-built with outstanding balance, Musso has good power to run inside and is a threat to take it to the house if he gets the smallest opening. This is his second straight 2000-yard season and Waunakee is going for a third straight Division 2 championship.
Musso was recently named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association First Team All-State list for the second straight season.
Finalists for the award were Musso, Bryar Harper of DeForest, Devon Linzenmeyer of Ozaukee, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West, Alex Schuh of Kimberly, and Adam Vesterfelt of Janesville Parker.
The award is named after "Crazylegs" Hirsch, a legendary athlete from Wausau High School who later starred at both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan. Hirsch spent 12 seasons in professional football, including nine seasons with the Los Angeles Rams who moved him to end. His 1951 season is one of the greatest receiving years in NFL history. He caught 66 passes for a record 1495 yards and 17 touchdowns. The yardage mark wasn’t broken for 19 years while his 17 touchdowns tied the record and wasn’t broken until 1984. He later served as the Wisconsin athletic director from 1969 to 1987, overseeing a revival of UW athletics. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Hirsch passed away in 2004.
The voting panel for the WSN Senior Football Awards consisted of: Nicholas Kartos, WSN President and Founder; Travis Wilson, WSN Content Manager; Dennis Semrau, Wisconsin State Journal; Justin Hull, AM 1570 The Score in Appleton; John Casper Jr., Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; Dan Barwick, WSN Associate Content Producer