High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: South Medford

Eye on POY: Oregon football

November, 7, 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.

Eye on POY: Steven Long
file photo/ESPNHSSteven Long leads Oregon's No. 1 ranked team into the Class 6A state tournament.
Steven Long
Senior running back, Lake Oswego (Ore.)

2011 Team record: 9-0
2011 Team standing: Class 6A first round vs. Reynolds on Nov. 11

2011 Carries-YDs (AVG.)-TDs: 177-1,328 (7.5)-22 [through 8 games]

Academics: 3.14 GPA
Collegiate destination: Portland State University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Team ranked No. 1 in the state. Named ESPNHS Regional Player of the Week on Sept. 23 after rushing for 423 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-46 win over Skyline. 2010 Class 5A state championship game Most Valuable Player.

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