High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Grant High

Eye on POY: California football

November, 21, 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.

Zach Kline
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSZach Kline is a top candidate for Gatorade California Football Player of the Year
Zach Kline
Senior quarterback, San Ramon Valley (Danville, CA)

2011 Team record: 8-3
2011 Team standing: Will play in second round of CIF North Coast Section Division I playoffs on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 177-259 (68.3)- 2,841
2011 TDs-INTs: 31-6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: California (verbally committed)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 58 in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 Nike Elite 11 quarterback. No. 11 ranked quarterback in the nation by Scout.com. Ranked No. 59 in the nation by Rivals.com.

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