High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jake Stalcup

Vermont Football POY: Jake Stalcup

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.

THE WINNER: Jake Stalcup

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester, Vt.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 185 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Stalcup passed for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns this past season, completing 163-of-286 passes while throwing 10 interceptions, leading the Bulldogs (7-4) to the Division 2 state final. A 2011 ESPNHS preseason All-State selection, he passed for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Division 2 semifinal win over North Country Union (Newport, Vt.).

Academic excellence: Stalcup has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Stalcup has volunteered locally as a youth football and baseball coach and has assisted in relief efforts for Hurricane Irene flood victims.

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Eye on POY: Vermont football

November, 23, 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.

Jake Stalcup
Junior quarterback, Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester, VT)

2011 Team record: 7-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in Division 2 state
2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 163-286 (56.9)- 2,448
2011 TDs-INTs: 31-10

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 ESPNHS preseason All-State selection. Led Burr and Burton Academy to Division 2 state final.

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POY Potential: Vermont All-State football

October, 11, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state's ESPNHS preseason All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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