KEVIN CALDWELL was once a sub-6-foot quarterback who couldn't get on the field as a sophomore.
However, now the 5-9, 190-pound Ben Franklin High senior ends his career as one of the most accomplished passers in city football history.
As the Daily News presents its 2014 All-City football team, Caldwell, the Public League Player of the Year, is one of four top honorees.
This season, the West Philadelphia resident (55th Street and Osage Avenue) led the Electrons to their first Pub title since 1966, claiming single-season city records for passing yards (3,051) and touchdown throws (41) along the way (only four interceptions).
Add two frugal seasons at now-closed Communications Tech and Caldwell leaves with 4,986 yards and 67 TDs. Also in his possession are Franklin school records for career passing yards (4,795) and yards in a game (382).
However, the Electrons' lone loss came against sticky-fingered John Reid and St. Joseph's Prep in the Class AAAA city title game.
Reid, our Co-Catholic League Player of the Year, was injured just before halftime, but not before catching a 43-yard score and adding a 17-yard interception return for another.
The Penn State commit couldn't return for the Hawks' second consecutive PIAA AAAA championship, but he could be seen encouraging teammates from the sidelines (Prep beat Pine-Richland, 49-41, in the finale).
The 5-10, 190-pound senior defensive back and wide receiver finished the season with 12 touchdowns and 699 yards on 36 catches (19.4 per) and also added two interceptions.
For his career, Reid finished with 1,564 yards and 20 receiving scores on 92 catches. He also totaled 15 career interceptions, six rushing touchdowns, three more via pick-6 and a fumble return.
Jarrett McClenton, like all running backs, is loathed to give away the football. Instead, our other Co-Catholic League Player of the Year, has made a career of taking them to the end zone.
All the 5-8, 165-pound senior has done for Archbishop Wood is score 73 rushing touchdowns in three seasons. The Villanova commit also led the Vikings to consecutive PIAA AAA titles, the program's third in 4 years.
In the finale against Central Valley (Wood won, 33-14), McClenton rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns, just missing the championship-game yardage record he set the previous season (238).
This season, McClenton rushed for a school record 2,191 yards, and notched 37 touchdowns on 201 attempts (10.9 per). He also added four punt-return TDs and a receiving score.
For his career, McClenton runs off with 4,539 yards on the ground (a Wood record), eight special-team scores (six punts, two kickoffs), four interceptions and 18 catches for 223 yards.
However, the atmosphere is where Paul Dooley, our Inter-Ac Player of the Year, excels best. Or is it? The Springside Chestnut Hill Academy senior was one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the city this season.
While the Blue Devils finished third in the standings, Dooley set career (50) and single-season (27) league records for touchdown passes. His 2,325 passing yards set another league mark and he added 699 yards and 13 more scores on the ground.
For his career, Dooley owns SCH records for career yardage (3,992) and passing yards in a game (498 in 2013). He also leaves with 1,327 rushing yards along with 21 ground tallies. Don't forget nine receptions for 121 yards and four career interceptions.
Our Coach of the Year is Ben Franklin's David Carter, who in his third season as coach led his alma mater to a 36-24 victory against Simon Gratz in the Pub's AAAA championship.
The 1996 Franklin grad and former West Virginia linebacker also coached two Electrons to city records this season. Caldwell (also the only player to twice win Daily News Player of the Week this season) set aforementioned city passing marks, while senior wide receiver Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez set a single-season mark with 17 TD catches.