High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Saguaro

Eye on POY: Arizona football

November, 8, 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.

D.J. Foster
ESPNHSSaguaro running back D.J. Foster is the No. 28 rated senior athlete in the nation.
D.J. Foster
Senior running back/defensive back, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

2011 Team record: 9-2
2011 Team standing: Division III quarterfinals vs. Queen Creek on Thursday

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 158-2391 (15.1)-48
2011 Catches-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 9-187 (20.8)-2
2011 Punt returns-AVG.-TDs: 2-39.5-0
2011 Kickoff returns-AVG.-TDs: 2-23.5-0

2011 Tackles: 20
2011 Fumble recoveries: 1 (TD)
2011 Interceptions: 1

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Set state record with 10 touchdowns in 82-48 win over Sunrise Mountain in first round of Division III postseason. Rushed for at least four touchdowns in eight of 10 games played. 51 total touchdowns ties single-season state record. No. 28 ranked athlete in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Ariz. Football Recruits

October, 6, 2011
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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 …

Andrus Peat
ESPNHSAndrus Peat is Arizona's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Corona del Sol High (Tempe, Ariz.) offensive tackle Andrus Peat
  • ESPNU 150 rank: 16
  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Traits: Run blocking, pass blocking, space blocking, physicality
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Peat is a very good athlete, demonstrating good explosion and playing strength at this stage of his development. Has the size for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition and it appears his frame is very capable of adding the necessary bulk for the position over time."

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