High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Gaffney

South Carolina Football POY: Quinshad Davis

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.

Gatorade POY: Quinshad Davis
ESPNUDavis is the No. 67 ranked wide receiver in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.
THE WINNER: Quinshad Davis

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Gaffney (S.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Davis has led the Indians to a 14-0 record and a berth in the Class 4A-I state final against Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He caught 100 passes for 1,825 yards and 24 touchdowns through 14 games. A two-time First Team All-State selection and a 2011 Shrine Bowl invitee, Davis has amassed more than 100 receiving yards in 11 games so far this season.

Academic excellence: Davis has maintained a 3.41 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner of his church community, Davis is a member of his school’s peer leadership organization and has volunteered locally as part of food and clothing drives for the needy and as an elementary school motivational guest speaker.

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Eye on POY: South Carolina football

November, 14, 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.

quinshad davis
file photo/ESPNHSQuinshad Davis is a top candidate for Gatorade South Carolina Football Player of the Year
Quinshad Davis
Senior wide receiver, Gaffney (Gaffney, S.C.)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Will play in Class 4A-I quarterfinals vs. Dorman on Friday

2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 86-1,644 (19.1)-22

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: No. 67 WR in the Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2010 First Team All-State selection. 2011 South Carolina Mr. Football finalist. 2011 Shrine Bowl selection.

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