High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Brendan Nosovitch

Eye on POY: Pennsylvania football

November, 22, 2011
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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.

Brendan Nosovitch
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSBrendan Nosovitch is the returning Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year.
Brendan Nosovitch
Senior quarterback, Allentown Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.)

2011 Team record: 7-5 (Class AAA)
2011 Team standing: Class AAA first round vs. Valley View on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 198-319 (62.1)-2,732
2011 TDs-INTs: 25-9
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 125-803 (6.4)-13

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of South Carolina (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First player in state history to exceed 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons. Owns individual state single-game playoff records for total yards (600), passing yards (418), total touchdowns (7), passing touchdowns (5) and total points (42). No. 41 ranked QB in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 First Team All-State preseason selection as named by ESPNHS. 2010-11 Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year. 2010 Class AAA Player of the Year as named by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association. Led the Vikings (16-0) to the 2010 Class AAA state championship. 2010 Philadelphia Nike All-Combine Team quarterback. 2009 Class AAA Second Team All-State selection.

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Return of the POY: Pa.'s Brendan Nosovitch

September, 21, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Football Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year's challengers can shoot for …

Brendan Nosovitch
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSBrendan Nosovitch is the returning Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year.
Name: Brendan Nosovitch

Position: Quarterback

Grade: Senior

School: Allentown Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.)

College: University of South Carolina (verbal)

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 190 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Pennsylvania Football Player of the Year ... 2010 Class AAA Player of the Year as named by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Association ... led the Vikings (16-0) to the 2010 Class AAA state championship ... 2010 Philadelphia Nike All-Combine Team quarterback ... 2009 Class AAA Second Team All-State selection ... became first player in state history to exceed 2,000 passing yards in 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons ... owns individual state single-game playoff records for total yards (600), passing yards (418), total touchdowns (7), passing touchdowns (5) and total points (42)

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