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: Devin Coyle
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Mandan (N.D.)
Weight: 170 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Coyle passed for 1,525 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season, leading the Braves (9-2) to the Class AAA semifinals. He completed 79-of-155 pass attempts, with just six interceptions, and rushed for 428 yards and eight touchdowns on 70 carries. A Second Team All-State selection in 2010, Coyle was named the Western Dakota Association Senior Athlete of the Year.
Academic excellence: Coyle has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Coyle has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, food drives for the needy and youth sports programs.
THE PRAISE: Vyrn Muir, head coach of rival Red River (Grand Forks, N.D.)
“Coyle is a dual-threat quarterback. He throws well, he runs well, he reads plays. He makes that team go.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Coyle remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.