February 1, 2008

Hansen named SoCal Bowl Offensive MVP

During a recent interview with Tommy Leach, the Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral High head coach called Tyler Hansen the most underrated prep quarterback in the Golden State.

Judging by Hansen's performance in a prestigious All-Star game last Saturday, his coach just might be right.

Hansen led the Island squad to a 27-13 victory over the Coastal team in the Southern California Bowl, which was played at Titan Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Hansen threw two touchdown passes and also rushed for one. He received Offensive MVP honors for his performance.

"It was a blast," he expressed. "It was my last high school game so I really wanted to do well and have a great showing, and I did that. It was a great thing to even be considered to play in the All-Star game and to win the MVP was just a great accomplishment. I give all the credit to my offensive line and the receivers; they made it easy for me. And Coach [Matt] Logan and all the Centennial coaches did a great jog preparing me."

Close friend and fellow CU commitment Ryan Dannewitz started at left tackle for the Inland squad and protected Hansen's blindside. CU pledge Vince Ewing was a member of the Coastal team in the SoCal Bowl.

"It was fun to hang out with Ryan and I talked a little bit to Vince," Hansen added.

As a junior and senior at Chaparral High School, Hansen threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also showed off his athleticism by rushing for more than 500 yards last fall.

"Tyler's stats as a senior weren't through the roof just because we didn't ask him to throw a lot," Coach Leach told Rivals.com earlier this month. "We kind of changed our offense and we were really inexperienced at the wide receiver and running back positions. Still, when it was time to throw and we put the ball in Tyler's hands, he was money."

Hansen is a Rivals.com three-star prospect.

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