With just two weeks left in the regular season, football awards are starting to come into focus. The Gatorade State Player of the Year award is the most prestigious, as Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran can tell you — he won it last year as a junior. Eric Snyder is part of the ESPNHS team that researches and analyzes potential Gatorade POY candidates, and he's on the record naming Cochran and Cromwell senior quarterback Anthony Morales as the frontrunners right now.
Cochran is having another unbelievable season, with 2,123 passing yards and 29 touchdowns (against just three interceptions). The UConn recruit is also leading the No. 1 team in the state.
Morales is right up there with Cochran in terms of stats — he's passed for 2,376 yards and 30 TDs (four INTs).
Both guys have good cases, but in my opinion it's going to be hard to unseat Cochran. Not only is he the defending POY, but he became the state's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns this season. That kind of stuff can end up being a tiebreaker if the race is close at the end of the year.
To read the full breakdown, which includes other top Gatorade POY candidates, click here.