A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Jake Stalcup
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester, Vt.)
Weight: 185 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Stalcup passed for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns this past season, completing 163-of-286 passes while throwing 10 interceptions, leading the Bulldogs (7-4) to the Division 2 state final. A 2011 ESPNHS preseason All-State selection, he passed for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Division 2 semifinal win over North Country Union (Newport, Vt.).
Academic excellence: Stalcup has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Stalcup has volunteered locally as a youth football and baseball coach and has assisted in relief efforts for Hurricane Irene flood victims.
THE PRAISE: Jason Thompson, head coach of Burr and Burton Academy
“Jake Stalcup has become a first rate quarterback in every sense. Every single week he gave us a chance to win and he will only keep getting better.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Stalcup will begin his senior year of high school next fall.