High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Evanston

Eye on POY: Wyoming 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.

Jordan Roberts
Senior running Back, Sheridan (Sheridan, Wyo.)

2011 Team record: 10-1
2011 Team standing: State championship game vs. Cheyenne East on Saturday

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 269-2,401 (8.9)-34
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 7-27 (3.9)-0

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Leads state in rushing and scoring. Second in Class 4A in all-purpose yards. 2009 and 2010 First Team All-State selection. 2010 Super 25 selection as named by the Casper Star-Tribune.

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POY Potential: Wyo. football contenders

September, 23, 2011
A year ago, Natrona County (Casper, WY) quarterback Jim Shellenberger ran and threw his way to a state championship and the Gatorade Wyoming Football Player of the Year Award. This year, however, it would be an upset if the honor went to anyone but a running back.

Ball carriers Jordan Roberts of Sheridan (Sheridan, WY) and Matt Eddington of Evanston (Evanston, WY) were strong candidates for last year's Gatorade honor and were two of just three underclassmen to earn First Team All-State honors in Class 4A (Eddington's teammate, defensive tackle Austin Wiggins, is the third).

Roberts ran for 1,357 yards for Campbell County (Gillette, WY) in 2010, but transferred to rival Sheridan for his senior season. Eddington picked up 1,229 yards and 13 TDs as a junior. Both have started the 2011 season strong -- but they've already got some imposing company.

Cheyenne East (Cheyenne, WY) senior Jeremy Woods was actually Class 4A's top rusher in 2010 (1,506 yards), and through four games he leads all classes in rushing (128-951-7.4) and all-purpose offense (1,184 yards).

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