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.
Senior quarterback, Everett (Mass.)
2011 Team record: 10-0
2011 Team standing: Play Cambridge in regular-season finale Thursday
2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 148-245 (60.4)-2,422
2011 TDs-INTs: 38-6
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 64-234 (3.7)-4
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: State career leader with 97 touchdown passes. Single-season state record 43 TD passes in 2010. Has passed for at least four scores in seven of 10 games. Produced at least three TDs via run or pass in all 10 games.
Senior wide receiver/running back/safety, Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.)
2011 Team record: 7-1
2011 Team standing: Play B.C. High in regular-season finale Thursday
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 45-917 (20.4)-11
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 17-237 (13.9)-2
2011 Kickoff returns-AVG.-TDs: 6-29.0-1
2011 Tackles: 44
2011 Interceptions: 1
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Penn State (verbal)
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 20 yards per carry. Semper Fidelis All-American Game selection. No. 32 athlete in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
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.
Abner Logan: Dexter School (Brookline, Mass.) senior linebacker/running back
Matt O'Keefe: Duxbury (Mass.) senior quarterback
Malquawn Pinkney: Putnam (Springfield, Mass.) senior running back
Canaan Severin: Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.) senior wide receiver
Cam Williams: Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) senior linebacker