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 Kiley
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: New Hampton School (New Hampton, N.H.)
Position: Quarterback/running back/defensive back
Weight: 180 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Kiley rushed for 358 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 carries this past season, leading the Huskies (7-2) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council’s Jack Etter Bowl. A two-time Evergreen League Player of the Year, he also passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a score. On defense, Kiley recorded 46 tackles and four interceptions, and he averaged 40.3 yards on 16 punt attempts.
Academic excellence: Kiley has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Kiley has volunteered locally as a New Hampton School campus tour guide, a youth basketball referee and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with the New Hampton School Service Learning Program.
THE PRAISE: Ben Rulli, head coach of rival Proctor Academy (Andover, N.H.)
“I have coached against Jake Kiley for three years and have marveled at his athletic talent each time he steps on the field. He has progressed throughout the years as one of the most athletic players I have seen. Jake is fast, agile and always a threat to make a big play.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Kiley has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at Penn State University beginning in the fall of 2012.