Gatorade AOY finalists reveal which other sport they could potentially win POY in

Gatorade AOY finalists reveal which other sport they could potentially win POY in

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Gatorade AOY finalists reveal which other sport they could potentially win POY in

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LSU's Ben Simmons says he's got the hands to excel in football. / Jon Lopez

LSU’s Ben Simmons says he’s got the hands to excel in football. / Jon Lopez

LOS ANGELES – Kyler Murray was named Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year Tuesday night at the L.A. Hotel for his dominance as a quarterback, but when asked if football was the only sport he had a passion for, Murray answered with an abrupt, “No.”

“It’s my first love, but I like other sports,” Murray said. “I played basketball and I love soccer too; I actually follow soccer and everything.”

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That got us to thinking: Which sport do the Gatorade Athlete of the Year finalists feel they could potentially excel in enough to get them back to Los Angeles for the awards banquet?

So we asked them.

To make it even more interesting we followed that up by asking which sport they’d have zero chance of getting back to L.A. in.

Football POY

Kyler Murray, Quarterback

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “I’d have to say soccer. The speed factor that God blessed me with would be big. They could just put me on the wing and I’d get it done. I like soccer and I follow it and everything.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Probably cross country; I just don’t know how they do it. They’re a different breed!”

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Boys Cross Country AOY

Grant Fisher

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “I’d have to say soccer. I played soccer up until my senior year; I gave it up to focus on running, but I love soccer.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Baseball. I’ve never been a baseball fan; I always thought it was kind of a slow-paced game. I didn’t have the hand-eye coordination to get it done.”

Softball POY

Rachel Garcia, Pitcher

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Volleyball. I played my freshman year. I was a setter. I got into it because of my mom. She played in high school and college.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is…  “Track or cross country.”

Boys Basketball POY

Ben Simmons, Forward

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Football. I’ve got good size and agility; I’ve got good hands too. I think I could be good at football.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Baseball. I’ve never tried that sport really so I don’t think I’d get back here in that.”

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Boys Soccer POY

Jack Harrison, Midfielder

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “That’s a really hard question. If I could choose to be good at something, football really intrigues me. I see some of the stuff they do. It’s amazing to see some of the things that Kyler can do. Just the speed. I feel like it has everything. It would be interesting to see what the other football is like.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “I think it would definitely be basketball. Obviously, I don’t have the size and it’s not a big sport in England.”

Volleyball POY

Mikaela Foecke, Middle Blocker

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Probably basketball. I used to play; I even played for a traveling team and everything. I think if I worked really, really hard and went after it I might have a minuscule chance of making it back.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Track. I’m not very fast.”

TCU's Luken Baker says his size and athleticism would translate to football. / Houston Chronicle )

TCU’s Luken Baker says his size and athleticism would translate to football. / Houston Chronicle )

Baseball POY  

Luken Baker

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Football. Obviously, I have the size and I feel like I have the athletic ability to get it done on the field.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Definitely cross country. Running more than two miles at a fast pace isn’t fun or easy.”

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Boys Track & Field

Michael Norman, Sprinter

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Wow, that’s a great question; if I learned how to play football I think that would be the sport. I think I could transfer the speed from the track onto the field. I think I’d be a good wide receiver or a cornerback. I’ve got pretty big hands and long arms too!”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Probably basketball. I play with my friends for fun and I’m not very good. I don’t think I’m tall enough either.”

Girls Cross Country AOY

Anna Rohrer

The sport I’d have the best chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Well, this isn’t a sport that Gatorade has, but I’d say swimming. My brothers swim and I think if I put everything into that sport I’d be really good at it.”

The sport I’d have zero chance at returning to the Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards in is… “Probably basketball. Dribbling between the legs is not my thing. I can only shoot free throws!”

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