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THE WINNER: Sam Schrader
School: Mishawaka (Ind.)
Position: Quarterback and defensive back
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 3,264 yards and 29 touchdowns this past season, leading the Cavemen (11-4) to the Class 4A state final. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Schrader also threw 10 touchdown passes against just three interceptions. On defense, he contributed 24 tackles in the secondary.
Academic excellence: Schrader has maintained a 4.09 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Mayor’s Youth Council in Mishawaka, he has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society.
“We did not face a more skilled football player playing the quarterback position than Sam Schrader,” said Keith Kilmer, head coach at Lowell (Ind.). “We played him in the playoffs two years in a row and he beat us in every facet of the game both times. He also demonstrates good sportsmanship and above average leadership skills.”
THE FUTURE: Schrader remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.