NAME: Corey Talerico
LAST SEASON: 2010
The dual-threat quarterback has existed in high school for many years, but when you watched Corey Talerico play the position, you knew he was special and he only played the position one season. That season was his senior year and as a team captain, he led Riverside to a district title and a state championship game appearance. He threw for 2,152 yards and 30 touchdowns while running for 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns. He transitioned from being the starting tailback his junior season where he rushed for 1,227 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He also played wide receiver at the beginning of his high school career. Talerico had an impact on defense and was a standout defensive back who had 52 tackles and 3 interceptions his senior season.
Talerico was the 2010 NPF Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Offensive Player of the Year, a first-team quarterback and first-team defensive back. He also received division honors his junior season. Talerico was named an all-state quarterback by the Pennsylvania Football Writers and a first-team quarterback by the Pennsylvania Football News. He was also named a first-team quarterback by EasternPAFootball.com. Talerico was named to the 2010 WNEP Dream Team and played his college football at Division III Lycoming University.
Riverside coach Harry Armstrong on Talerico: “Corey was the ultimate playmaker. Before he moved to quarterback his senior season – he was a standout wide receiver and running back. He took that versatility and applied it to be an Elite Dual Threat quarterback. He played like Lamar Jackson before Lamar Jackson. Unstoppable in the open field and he could make all the throws which is why he was 2010 Pennsylvania Player of the Year. ”