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: Andrew Hearon
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Metro Christian Academy (Tulsa, Okla.)
Weight: 175 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Hearon completed 241-of-365 attempts for 3,695 yards and 42 touchdowns against just five interceptions this past season, leading the Patriots (12-1) to the Class 3A state quarterfinals. A returning Second Team All-State selection as named by the Tulsa World, he also rushed for 375 yards and four touchdowns on 96 carries. As a junior in 2010, Hearon led the state with 3,900 passing yards and a single-season state record 49 touchdown passes.
Academic excellence: Hearon has maintained a 4.59 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Also an accomplished guitarist, Hearon has volunteered locally on behalf of his church, as a youth football coach and as an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
THE PRAISE: Lynn Cutshaw, head coach of rival Inola (Okla.)
“Andrew Hearon is one heck of a QB. He’s very smart, throws a great football, reads coverage well and doesn’t seem to get discouraged. He has all the other tools you’d want in a quarterback. I’d take him in a heartbeat.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Hearon remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.