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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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