High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: J.J. Green

Eye on POY: Georgia football

November, 16, 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: Kenyan Drake
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSHillgrove senior running back Kenyan Drake is a finalist for Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year.
Kenyan Drake
Senior running back, Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.)

2011 Team record: 11-0 (Class AAAAA)
2011 Team standing: Class AAAAA second round vs. West Forsyth on Friday

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 154-1,571 (10.2)-15
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 16-218 (13.6)-5

2011 KO Returns-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 8-268 (33.5)-1
2011 Punt Returns-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 2-59 (29.5)-0

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of Alabama (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averages 10.4 yards per touch. No. 13 ranked RB in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 First Team All-State preseason selection as named by ESPNHS. 2011 Super 11 selection as named by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 2010 Class AAAAA Second Team All-State selection as named by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.

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