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Return of the POY: Ohio's Maty Mauk

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Football Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Maty Mauk

Position: Quarterback

Grade: Senior

School: Kenton (Kenton, Oh.)

College: Missouri

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 185

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year … enters the 2011 season having tallied 13,429 passing yards and 151 touchdowns as a three-year varsity starter … begins the season needing 38 TDs to break the national career record of 185 ... also within striking distance of his brother and 2002-03 Gatorade Ohio Football POY Ben Mauk's national records for career passing yards (17,364 to 13,118) and career passing attempts (1,905 to 1,497) ... led Wildcats (11-2) to Division IV Regional Final, passing for 5,670 yards, 69 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in 2010 … three-time Division IV First Team All-State selection

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Academics: 3.57 GPA

Extracurricular activities: Active in church community ... bible camp counselor ... officer in school peer leadership program

Mark Hollars, head coach of rival St. Mary's High: "Maty Mauk is an outstanding football player. His maturation from a raw talent into a polished quarterback is evident every time he takes the field. He is more than just a passer. Mauk can run the ball effectively and is without a doubt the leader of their football team."

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning football underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Ifeadi Odenigbo SR DE Centerville; Adolphus Washington SR DE Taft

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf. Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU’s recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at poy@risemag.com.