Chelmsford's Joy is Defensive Player of the Year

ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Tim Joy, senior linebacker of the Chelmsford High Lions, is the recipient of its inaugural Defensive Player of the Year award, to be presented annually to the top high school defensive player in Massachusetts.

The Defensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Joy was honored this afternoon during a presentation at the school, where ESPN Boston co-editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall presented Joy with a custom-made jersey.

"We are excited that Tim Joy will forever be associated with the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year," Hall said. "Over the past two seasons, Tim has been one of the state's elite middle linebackers. His physical prowess is evident, but he took a step forward mentally at one of the most demanding such positions in the game. The team's success this year is proof of that. We are honored to present Tim with this award."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior has been one of the most dominant linebackers in the state this season, and an integral piece of the Lions' 10-2 season, which ended in a playoff loss to eventual Division 1 Super Bowl champion Boston College High. This fall, from his middle linebacker spot, he recorded 155 tackles (eight for loss) and three sacks. Over the past two seasons, the three-time Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star has recorded 286 tackles (21 for loss), five sacks and three interceptions.

Joy will continue his career next fall at Boston College.

"The mark of a great player is consistency and Tim has proven himself one of the state's most steady performer week and week out in the last couple of year," Barboza said. "He is about as sure-handed a tackler as you will ever see at the high school level and his contributions to the Chelmsford defense haven't been just that. Joy has been the quarterback of the defense, one of the best units in the state."