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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Cochran wins Gatorade POY

By By Mike Grimala

The Gatorade State Players of the Year for football have been announced, and there was not much suspense when it came to the Connecticut race. Masuk quarterback Casey Cochran has claimed the award for the second straight season after throwing for 2,801 yards and 36 touchdowns. Cochran, a senior, has Masuk at 11-0 heading into this weekend's Class L semifinal game against Daniel Hand.

Personally, I can't think of one argument against Cochran. Sure, other players have had great seasons, but none can match Cochran's combination of career achievements, great numbers, team success and overall value to his team. Masuk is ranked No. 1 in the state and two wins away from a second consecutive championship, and Cochran is the guy most responsible for that.

I think the Gatorade guys got this one very right.

To read the complete rundown of Cochran's credentials, click here.

To see all the winners for every state, click here.