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THE WINNER: Trevor Knight
School: Nashua (N.H.) South
Weight: 182 pounds
Athletic achievement: He passed for 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns this past season, completing 116-of-202 attempts against just two interceptions while leading the Panthers (9-2) to the Division I state quarterfinals. Knight also rushed for 1,553 yards and 19 scores on 166 carries. On defense, the 2012 First Team All-State selection recorded 36 tackles and four interceptions.
Academic excellence: Knight has maintained a weighted 3.74 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as an altar boy at his church and as a youth quarterback mentor. He’s also donated his time to the Front Door Agency, which provides housing and assistance to families in need.
“South was a threat to score on every play as Trevor could beat you through the air or running,” said Kevin Fitzgerald, head coach of Timberlane (Plaistow, N.H.). “He is especially good at making something out of nothing. He was the best player on the field week in and week out.”
THE FUTURE: Knight has verbally committed to UNH.