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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Eye on POY: D.C. 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.

Eddie Goldman
Eddie Goldman is one of the nation's top senior recruits.
Eddie Goldman
Senior defensive tackle, Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 9-1
2011 Team standing: Season complete

2011 Tackles: 38
2011 Sacks: 15
2011 Forced fumbles: 5

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 2 senior by ESPNU; Under Armour All-American.

Albert Reid
Senior running back/safety, Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 9-1
2011 Team standing: Season complete

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 225-1,705 (7.6)-17

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: West Virginia (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Over 100 yards rushing in every game; 200-plus yards in three games, including 224 in win over H.D. Woodson.

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.

Jonathan Haden: Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) SO RB
Chris Schultz: Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) JR QB
Curlee Walker: Dunbar (Washington, D.C.) SR RB
Kenneth Crawley: H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) SR DB

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.