Eye on POY: Wyoming football

November, 11, 2011
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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.

Jordan Roberts
Senior running Back, Sheridan (Sheridan, Wyo.)

2011 Team record: 10-1
2011 Team standing: State championship game vs. Cheyenne East on Saturday

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 269-2,401 (8.9)-34
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 7-27 (3.9)-0

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Leads state in rushing and scoring. Second in Class 4A in all-purpose yards. 2009 and 2010 First Team All-State selection. 2010 Super 25 selection as named by the Casper Star-Tribune.

Matt Eddington
Senior running back/defensive back, Evanston (Evanston, Wyo.)

2011 Team record: 5-5
2011 Team standing: lost Class 4A state quarterfinal to Cheyenne East, 28-27 (OT)

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 200-1,668 (8.3)-25
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 27-404 (15.0)-3

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Leads Class 4A in all-purpose yardage. 2010 First Team All-State selection. 2010 Super 25 selection as named by the Casper Star-Tribune. Ranks eighth in Class 4A under state's defensive points system.

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.

Jeremy Woods: Cheyenne East (Cheyenne, Wyo.) senior running back
Cody Vollmar: Natrona County (Casper, Wyo.) senior quarterback
Josh Cragoe: Powell (Wyo.) senior quarterback
Nick Bazemore: Campbell County (Gillette, Wyo.) senior running back
Tanner Simpson: Lander Valley (Lander, Wyo.) senior wide receiver

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_GPOY.

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