High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Ryan Switzer

West Virginia Football POY: Ryan Switzer

December, 1, 2011
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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.

Gatorade POY: Ryan Switzer
ESPNURyan Switzer captured ESPNHS East Region Player of the Week in November.
THE WINNER: Ryan Switzer

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: George Washington (Charleston, W.V.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Running back/defensive back
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 180 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Switzer has led the Patriots to a 13-0 record and a berth in the Class AAA state final vs. Martinsburg (W.V.), scheduled for Dec. 2. He rushed for 2,601 yards and 39 touchdowns on 270 carries through 13 games. The 2011 Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation High School Player of the year, Switzer was named the ESPNHS East Region Player of the Week for Nov. 9 when he ran 20 times for 333 yards and six touchdowns and scored a seventh time on a 51-yard punt return in a 56-12 win over Parkersburg (W.V.).

Academic excellence: Switzer has maintained a 3.9 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Switzer has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and as a youth football camp counselor.

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Eye on POY: West Virginia football

November, 25, 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.

Ryan Switzer
Junior running back, George Washington (Charleston, WV)

2011 Team record: 12-0
2011 Team standing: Will play in Class AAA semifinals vs. Bridgeport tonight

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 244-2,362 (9.7)- 36
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 4-130 (32.5)- 2

2011 Tackles: 25
2011 Interceptions: 4

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Don Nehlen Chapter of the National Football Foundation High School Player of the Year; ESPNHS East Region Player of the Week for Nov. 9; 2010 First Team All-State; 2010 First Team All-Conference;

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