The Gatorade State Football Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Football POY’s, click here.
THE WINNER: Colby Reeder
School: Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 225 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Sals to a 10-1 record and a berth in the Division I state championship game against Smyrna, scheduled for Dec. 5. Reeder rushed for 1,916 yards and 31 touchdowns on 225 carries through 11 games, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. An All-State honoree and also a three-time All-Conference selection, he was named to USA TODAY’s ALL-USA Delaware team as a junior.
Academic excellence: Reeder has maintained a 3.89 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a youth football program and has raised funds to benefit the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual disABILITIES.
“Reeder is the best player in the state,” said Dante Jones, head coach at Dover High. “He plays with so much heart and passion. [Our defense] punished him, but he would not stop.”
THE FUTURE: Reeder remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.