High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Daphne

Eye on POY: Alabama football

November, 11, 2011
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.

Jameis Winston
ESPNHSJameis Winston is the top-rated senior recruit in Alabama.
Jameis Winston
Senior quarterback/punter, Hueytown (Ala.)

2011 Team record: 11-0 (Class 5A)
2011 Team standing: Class 5A second round vs. Eufaula on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 133-190 (70.0)-1,971
2011 TDs-INTs: 23-2
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 93-818 (8.8)-12

2011 Punts-AVG.: 15-37.7

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Florida State University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 ESPNHS Elite 11 co-MVP. 2011 Under Armour All-American Game selection. 2011 Rawlings All-American Game selection. Career total of 8,980 yards of offense and 94 touchdowns.

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