From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Football Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior wide receiver, Carmel (Ind.)
Greatness Present: Roberts appears destined to follow in the footsteps of his father, Alfredo Roberts, who won a national championship with the University of Miami and played five NFL seasons, winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
The younger Roberts doesn’t carry that kind of hardware just yet, but he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game this January and is Indiana’s No. 2-ranked player by Rivals.com.
Through 10 games this fall, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior wideout has caught 44 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns. He has also returned eight kickoffs for 272 yards and one score for Carmel (7-3).
Greatness Past: A 2012 First Team All-State selection as a junior, Roberts was chosen as a “top performer” out of more than 120 football players from across the nation at Nike’s The Opening this past June.
Greatness Future: Roberts has verbally committed to UCLA.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade National Football Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.