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: Jordan Roberts
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Sheridan High (Wyo.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 193 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Roberts led the Broncs to an 11-1 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. He rushed for 2,688 yards and 38 touchdowns on 308 carries. The Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year, Roberts has twice been named to the Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 team.
Academic excellence: Roberts has maintained a 3.61 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A dedicated member of his church community, Roberts has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs and school anti-drug initiatives, and has donated his time assisting disabled individuals with Rehabilitation Enterprises of North Eastern Wyoming.
THE PRAISE: Jon Vance, head coach of rival Kelly Walsh (Casper, Wyo.)
“Roberts has great vision on the field and he plays really hard. He’s a very strong player too. He’s hard to bring down when he’s got the ball.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Roberts remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.