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THE WINNER: Austin Robinson
School: Middlebury (Vt.) Union
Position: Quarterback and safety
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Tigers to an 11-0 record and their second straight Division I state championship this past season. Robinson passed for 504 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 32-of-50 passes with zero interceptions. A 2014 North South All-Star Football Classic, he also rushed for 470 yards on 52 carries and another 10 scores. Defensively, he recorded 51 solo tackles and an interception for a defense that surrendered just 8.9 points per game.
Academic excellence: Robinson has maintained a 3.80 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association, as a member of his school’s nutritional committee and as a youth football and lacrosse referee.
“Austin Robinson is easily the most dynamic player in the state with a very impressive skill set,” said Middlebury Union head coach Dennis Smith. “He has the unique challenge of running a true option offense in which he alone fully dictates who ultimately ends up with the ball. He has the best combination of speed, power, elusiveness and toughness of any player we have coached.”
THE FUTURE: Robinson remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.