High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Casey Cochran

Connecticut Football POY: Casey Cochran

December, 1, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS POY team managed the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the awards program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character. For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Football Player of the Year winners, click here.

Casey Cochran
Christopher Beauchamp/ESPNHSCasey Cochran is Connecticut's No. 1 senior recruit.
THE WINNER: Casey Cochran

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Masuk (Monroe, Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year, Cochran led the Panthers to an 11-0 record and a berth in the Class L state semifinals against Hand (Madison, Conn.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He passed for 2,801 yards and 36 touchdowns through 11 games, completing 119-of-167 attempts while throwing just four interceptions. Cochran also rushed for four touchdowns. He won a Class SS state title with New London (Conn.) as a freshman in 2008 and with Masuk in 2010. Cochran is the state’s career leader in two categories with 10,501 yards passing and 108 touchdowns.

Academic excellence: Cochran has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The winner of the Masuk High Book Award for Introduction to Engineering and Algebra I and Geometry, Cochran has volunteered locally at area food banks for the needy, as a youth football coach and as a peer tutor.

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Eye on POY: Connecticut football

November, 7, 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.

Casey Cochran
ESPNHSCasey Cochran is Connecticut's top-rated senior recruit.
Casey Cochran
Senior quarterback, Masuk (Monroe, Conn.)

2011 Team record: 8-0
2011 Team standing: Regular season game vs. Weston on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 88-111 (79.3)-2,123
2011 TDs-INTs: 29-3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Connecticut (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year. Owns a 320.7 NCAA Pass Efficiency Rating and a 147.1 NFL Quarterback Rating. Has led Masuk to 21 consecutive wins. Averaging one touchdown every 3.83 pass attempts. No. 40 ranked QB in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Conn. Football Recruits

October, 5, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Casey Cochran
Christopher Beauchamp/ESPNHSCasey Cochran is Connecticut's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Masuk High (Monroe, Conn.) quarterback and returning Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year Casey Cochran

  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 214 pounds
  • College: Connecticut (verbal)
  • Traits: Accuracy, arm strength, reads
  • ESPNU scouting report: "This guy is a very productive, competent passer that possesses a live arm, good feet and above average athleticism. He reminds us of Rutgers QB Chas Dodd both in style and stature. The downside with Cochran is that he lacks ideal height, but does possess a significant amount of bulk."

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Return of the POY: Conn.'s Casey Cochran

September, 30, 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 …

Casey Cochran
Christopher Beauchamp/ESPNHSCasey Cochran is Connecticut's No. 1 senior recruit.
Name: Casey Cochran

Position: Quarterback

Grade: Senior

School: Masuk High (Monroe, Conn.)

College: Connecticut (verbal)

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 214 pounds

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year ... 2010 First Team All-State selection ... Highest-ranked senior in state by ESPNU ... Led Panthers (13-0) to the 2010 Class L state championship ... As a freshman in 2008, led New London High to the Class SS state championship.

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