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: Zach Kline
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)
Weight: 205 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Kline has led the Wolves to a 9-3 record and a berth in the CIF North Coast Section Division I semifinals against Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He passed for 3,079 yards and 32 touchdowns, completing 195-of-289 attempts while throwing just six interceptions through 12 games. A 2012 U.S. Army All-American, Kline was also an Elite 11 quarterback camp invitee.
Academic excellence: Kline has maintained a 3.28 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, Kline has volunteered locally as an elementary school guest speaker and on behalf of Locks of Love, a non-profit organization which provides hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.
THE PRAISE: Mark Kessler, head coach at San Ramon Valley
“Zach Kline is an outstanding quarterback with limitless potential and the desire to be the best he can be. His work ethic is relentless and he always finds time to improve.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Kline has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of California beginning in the fall of 2012.