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: Jamie Jarmon
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Indian River (Dagsboro, Del.)
Weight: 205 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Jarmon has led the Indians to an 11-0 record and a berth in the Division II championship game against Caravel Academy (Bear, Del.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He has passed for 2,022 yards and 24 touchdowns entering the state final, completing 117-of-186 passes while throwing just three interceptions. Jarmon has also rushed for 1,302 yards and 26 touchdowns on 142 carries. He is a three-time First Team All-Southern Division Henlopen Conference selection.
Academic excellence: Jarmon has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A volunteer firefighter in his community, Jarmon has raised funds for Down syndrome programs and has donated his time to youth baseball camps.
THE PRAISE: David Hearn, head coach of rival Delmar (Del.)
“Jarmon is a special, special football player. He’s fast, he’s got good vision, he calls all the plays on the field. He can throw the ball a mile, and he’s accurate too.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Jarmon has verbally committed to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at the University of South Carolina beginning in the fall of 2012.