High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Lakes

Eye on POY: Washington football

November, 11, 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.

Max Browne
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSMax Browne is a top candidate for 2011-12 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year
Max Browne
Junior quarterback, Skyline High (Sammamish, Wash.)

2011 Team record: 7-3
2011 Team standing: Class 4A first round vs. Mead on Saturday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 238-317 (75.1)-3,056
2011 TDs-INTs: 29-5
2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 20-154 (7.7)-0

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2010 First Team All-State selection. 2010 First Team All-Conference selection. Led team to 2010 state championship game. Threw for more than 4,200 yards and 50 TDs as a sophomore in 2010.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Wash. football recruits

September, 23, 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 top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Joshua Garnett
file photo/ESPNHSJoshua Garnett is Washington's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Puyallup High (Puyallup, Wash.) offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
  • ESPNU 150 rank: No. 43
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 275 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Run blocking, pass blocking, space blocking, toughness
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Garnett displays the playing strength necessary to dominate as a run blocker. Although he presently has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition there is the need to add good body mass to his frame. This is a very good athlete who possesses the flexibility, balance and agility to handle speed and play on his feet in space."

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