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: Patton Robinette
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Maryville (Tenn.)
Weight: 205 pounds
THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria
Athletic achievement: Robinette has led the Rebels to a 14-0 record and a berth in the Class 6A state championship game against Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He has passed for 1,509 yards and 21 touchdowns entering the state title game, completing 108 of 150 passes while throwing just seven interceptions. Robinette has also rushed for 860 yards and 16 touchdowns on 82 carries. A Tennessee Mr. Football finalist, he was selected for the Elite 11 quarterback camp and has guided Maryville to 28 consecutive wins over two seasons.
Academic excellence: Robinette has maintained a 4.55 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Robinette has volunteered locally on behalf of an area pre-school program and a youth football camp, and has participated in multiple service-mission projects with his church youth group.
THE PRAISE: Scott Meadows, head coach of rival Knoxville Catholic (Knoxville, Tenn.)
“Patton Robinette is the best quarterback I have coached against in the 23 years I have been coaching. He can do it all. He sees the entire field and has great control of his offensive team. He has very good speed too and is a great runner.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Robinette has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship at the University of North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2012.