High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Devin Coyle

North Dakota Football POY: Devin Coyle

December, 1, 2011
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.

THE WINNER: Devin Coyle

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Mandan (N.D.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Quarterback
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Coyle passed for 1,525 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season, leading the Braves (9-2) to the Class AAA semifinals. He completed 79-of-155 pass attempts, with just six interceptions, and rushed for 428 yards and eight touchdowns on 70 carries. A Second Team All-State selection in 2010, Coyle was named the Western Dakota Association Senior Athlete of the Year.

Academic excellence: Coyle has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Coyle has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, food drives for the needy and youth sports programs.

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Eye on POY: North Dakota football

November, 20, 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.

Devin Coyle
Senior Quarterback, Mandan High (Mandan, ND)

2011 Team record: 9-2
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class AAA semifinals

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 79-155 (.510)-1,525
2011 TDs-INTs: 18-6

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 70-428 (6.1)-8

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Western Dakota Association Senior Athlete of the Year; Second Team All-State in 2010; Team averaged 37.6 points per game.

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POY Potential: N.D. football contenders

October, 7, 2011
Contenders for this year's Gatorade North Dakota Football Player of the Year Award come in all shapes and sizes. Running backs, quarterbacks, receivers and linemen are among the leading candidates.

The state's most highly recruited prospect is 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle/defensive tackle Dustin Adams of Minot High (Minot, ND). Adams, who was the first 2012 commit for the University of Hawaii, has been a stalwart on both sides of the ball for 4-2 Minot, despite dealing with the loss of his family's home to flooding.

Adams isn't the only big man on the watch list, however. Bismarck Century High (Bismarck, ND) senior Conrad Schwarzkopf has been a monster on both sides of the ball and was the only junior lineman to earn a spot on the Class AAA All-State First Team a year ago.

Dynamic senior quarterback Devin Coyle, who tossed 18 TD passes a year ago, has guided Mandan High (Mandan, ND) to a 6-0 start, but he's had plenty of help from senior running back/linebacker Seth Westby and big-play wide receiver Aaron Janz.

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