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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Eye on POY: Delaware football

By Steve Ouellette

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.

Taylor Reynolds
Senior Quarterback, Newark High (Newark, DE)

2011 Team record: 10-0
2011 Team standing: First round bye in Div. I state tournament

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 123-208 (59.1)-1,884
2011 TDs-INTs: 23-7

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 92-723 (7.9)-11

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State in 2010; First Team All-Conference; 34 total touchdowns; 39.8 points per game by Newark offense.

Jamie Jarmon
Senior Quarterback, Indian River High (Dagsboro, DE)

2011 Team record: 10-0
2011 Team standing: First round bye in Div. II state tournament

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 109-171 (63.7)-1,935
2011 TDs-INTs: 22-3

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 127-1,210 (9.5)-23

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina (for baseball)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-Conference; 46 total touchdowns; 44.4 points per game by Indian River offense; three interceptions on defense.

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.

Wendell Smallwood: Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, DE) JR RB
Darius Wade: Middletown High (Middletown, DE) SO QB
Kenny Bigelow: Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, DE) JR DE
Chris Jones: Laurel High (Laurel, DE) SR RB
David Grinnage: Newark High (Newark, DE) SR TE

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.