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.
Junior quarterback, Folsom (Calif.)
Greatness Present: It speaks volumes as to how high Browning has set his standards this season when he throws for 362 yards while connecting on 27-of-39 passes along with a trio of touchdown passes and it’s regarded as a “down game” for him.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior QB did throw four interceptions in Friday’s 35-0 win over Oak Ridge, but he still leads the state with 33 touchdown passes in addition to amassing 2,348 passing yards.
Browning, who has attracted attention from the likes of Boise State and California, is averaging 10.8 yards per attempt and 391.1 yards per game while completing 76 percent of his passes (165-of-217) for the Bulldogs (6-0), USA Today’s fourth-ranked team from California
Greatness Past: As a sophomore in 2012, Browning connected on a whopping 63 TD passes against 16 picks, throwing for 5,248 yards on 391-of-605 attempts (64.6%). He led Folsom (14-1) to the CIF North Region Open Division final before falling to De La Salle, 49-15.
Greatness Future: Browning remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
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.