High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Glades Central

Florida Football POY: William Likely

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: William Likely
Corey Long/ESPNHSWilliam Likely is a two-time Nike Football Training Camp Defensive Back MVP.
THE WINNER: William Likely

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Defensive back/wide receiver/running back/kick returner
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Likely has led the Raiders to a 12-0 record and a berth in the Class 5A regional finals against Miami Norland (Miami Gardens, Fla.), scheduled for Dec. 2. He rushed for 742 yards and 11 touchdowns on 69 carries entering the postseason round of eight. A returning Class 2A First Team All-State selection, Likely also hauled in 31 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns through 12 games. A two-time Nike Football Training Camp Defensive Back Most Valuable Player, he has 36 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions for a defense that allows just 84 rushing yards, 35 passing yards and 6.2 points per game. On special teams, Likely returned 12 total punts and kickoffs back for 380 more yards and two additional touchdowns.

Academic excellence: Likely has maintained a 3.86 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time to area youth as a football instructor and on behalf of a literacy-outreach program, Likely has volunteered locally at a food pantry and an assisted living facility.

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Eye on POY: Florida football

November, 10, 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.

Eye on POY: Nick Patti
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSDr. Phillips QB Nick Patti earned an Elite 11 quarterback camp invite this summer.
Nick Patti
Senior quarterback, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.)

2011 Team record: 9-1
2011 Team standing: Class 8A regional quarterfinal vs. Wharton on Nov. 18

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 133-244 (54.5)-1,966
2011 TDs-INTs: 22-7

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 75-615 (8.2)-6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Boise State University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Owns a 146.21 NCAA Pass Efficiency Rating. Leads an offense that scores 35.3 points per game. Averages 8.1 yards per touch. 2011 Elite 11 quarterback camp invitee. 2011 First Team All-State preseason selection as named by ESPNHS. 2010 Class 6A Honorable Mention All-State selection.

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