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THE WINNER: Austin Joyner
School: Marysville (Wash.)-Pilchuck
Position: Running back
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He rushed for 1,768 yards and 32 touchdowns on 133 carries this past season, leading the Tomahawks (11-2) to the Class 3A semifinals. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Joyner averaged 13.3 yards per carry and needed only 4.2 touches for every touchdown he scored this season.
Academic excellence: Joyner has maintained a 3.16 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth football camp counselor.
“Austin Joyner is a great competitor,” said Dave Telford, head coach at Stanwood. “It’s hard to root against him, even though as an opponent you don’t want him to have success. He displays great sportsmanship both on and off the field. He plays full speed on every play. Off the field, he is a polite, humble person.”
THE FUTURE: Uncommitted