Originally in the running for the Top Athlete of the Decade, Cam Denson could probably fit in almost any category. From 2010 to 2013, Denson terrorized opponents on both sides of the ball. The Salpointe standout rushed for 1,47 yards, threw for 511 and caught 179 passes for 3,537 yards. He also recorded 78 tackles, collected 15 interceptions and he finished with 79 TDs and a state championship with the 14-0 2013 squad.
Denson’s 3,537 receiving yards cannot be overlooked. His numbers are right there with Baltimore Ravens TE Mark Andrews (Desert Mountain/3,674) and Phoenix Cardinals standout Christian Kirk (Saguaro/3,943).
Likewise, former Sabino TE Matt Bushman set a standard for his position few will ever reach. Bushman caught 123 passes for 2,891 yards and 42 of those went for TDs. He averaged 23.5 yards a catch and 88 yards a game. Simply, a monster at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds.
TOP RECEIVING YARDS FROM 2010-2019
Cameron Denson, Salpointe: 3,537, 42 TDs (2010-13)
Spencer Schuller, Bisbee: 3,392, 47 TDs (2012-15)
Dano Lopez, Bisbee, 2918, 27 TDs (2016-20)
Matt Bushman, Sabino: 2,891, 42 TDs (2011-13)
Terrell Hayward, Cienega: 2.366, 30 TDs, (2016-18)
Jordan Lopez, Walden Grove: 2,277, 28 TDs (2017-19)
Isaiah Lovett, Pusch Ridge/Mountain View: 2,223, 29 TDs (2013-16)
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