The window on the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program's selection process.
Senior Quarterback, Eagle High (Eagle, ID)
2011 Team record: 10-1
2011 Team standing: Plays Coeur d'Alene in state final, Nov. 18
2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 238-332 (71.7)-3,433
2011 TDs-INTs: 33-9
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Brigham Young (verbal)
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Co-MVP of ESPNHS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp; Under Armour All-American; Ranked No. 148 senior by ESPNU.
Senior Quarterback, Coeur d'Alene High (Coeur d'Alene)
2011 Team record: 11-0
2011 Team standing: Plays Eagle in state final, Nov. 18
2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 222-302 (73.5)-3,226
2011 TDs-INTs: 39-2
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Class 5A Player of the Year in 2010; Led Coeur d'Alene to 2010 state title; 12 rushing TDs.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011 campaign.
Joe Martarano: Fruitland High (Fruitland, ID) JR QB/LB
Brady May: Minico High (Rupert, ID) SR RB
D.J. Dean: Eagle High (Eagle, ID) SR WR/DB
Trae Pilster: Blackfoot High (Blackfoot, ID) SR QB