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: Quinshad Davis
THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY
School: Gaffney (S.C.)
Position: Wide receiver
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.
THE PRAISE: John Devine, head coach of rival Clover (S.C.)
“Quinshad Davis’ skill level and impact on a football game are rarely matched. He has the speed to run by defenders and the route-running skills to split the defense. The amount of preparation he puts in is evident in his play and the respect he has for his opponents is displayed on the field.”
THE FUTURE: Collegiate destination
Davis remains undecided upon a college destination.