High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Oscar Smith

Eye on POY: Virginia football

November, 22, 2011
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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.

Alex Carter
File photo/ESPNHSAlex Carter has led Briar Woods to 11 straight wins
Alex Carter
Senior Defensive back/wide receiver, Briar Woods High (Ashburn, VA)

2011 Team record: 11-1
2011 Team standing: Plays Powhatan in Group AA Div. 4 quarterfinals, Nov. 25

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 36-373 (10.4)-4
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 28-368 (13.1)-2

2011 Tackles: 32
2011 Interceptions: 4 (1 TD)

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stanford (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: U.S. Army All-American; Ranked No. 113 senior by ESPNU; Dulles District Defensive Player of the Year; Three kickoff returns for touchdowns.

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