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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Eye on POY: Vermont football

By Joel Beck

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.

Jake Stalcup
Junior quarterback, Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester, VT)

2011 Team record: 7-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in Division 2 state
2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 163-286 (56.9)- 2,448
2011 TDs-INTs: 31-10

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 ESPNHS preseason All-State selection. Led Burr and Burton Academy to Division 2 state final.

Drew Nick
Senior quarterback, Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, VT)

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 95-183 (51.9)- 1,271
2011 TDs-INTs: 8-4

2011 Team record: 5-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in first round of Division I playoffs

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 Team Captain; 2010 Burlington Free Press Second Team selection.

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.

Robert Coulutti: Fair Haven (VT) senior quarterback
Michael McClellan: Milton (VT) senior running back
Nick LeClair: North Country Union (Newport, VT) senior running back
Connor DeVarney: South Burlington (Burlington, VT) senior running back

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.