High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Zach Kline

California Football POY: Zach Kline

December, 1, 2011
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: Zach Kline
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSZach Kline earned an invite to the Elite 11 quarterback camp this past summer.
THE WINNER: Zach Kline

THE BASICS: Anatomy of a POY

School: San Ramon Valley (Danville, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205 pounds

THE PILLARS: Gatorade criteria

Athletic achievement: Kline has led the Wolves to a 9-3 record and a berth in the CIF North Coast Section Division I semifinals against Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.), scheduled for Dec. 3. He passed for 3,079 yards and 32 touchdowns, completing 195-of-289 attempts while throwing just six interceptions through 12 games. A 2012 U.S. Army All-American, Kline was also an Elite 11 quarterback camp invitee.

Academic excellence: Kline has maintained a 3.28 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, Kline has volunteered locally as an elementary school guest speaker and on behalf of Locks of Love, a non-profit organization which provides hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.

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Eye on POY: California football

November, 21, 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.

Zach Kline
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSZach Kline is a top candidate for Gatorade California Football Player of the Year
Zach Kline
Senior quarterback, San Ramon Valley (Danville, CA)

2011 Team record: 8-3
2011 Team standing: Will play in second round of CIF North Coast Section Division I playoffs on Friday

2011 COMP-ATT (%)-YDs: 177-259 (68.3)- 2,841
2011 TDs-INTs: 31-6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: California (verbally committed)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 58 in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNU. 2011 Nike Elite 11 quarterback. No. 11 ranked quarterback in the nation by Scout.com. Ranked No. 59 in the nation by Rivals.com.

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