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: Tyler Huntley
School: Hallandale (Fla.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Athletic achievement: He threw for 3,636 yards and 42 touchdowns on 237-of-387 passing (61.2 percent) this past season, leading the Chargers (10-3) to the Class 5A regional finals. A returning Class 6A Second Team All-State selection as named by the Florida Sports Writers Association, Huntley also rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries. His 460-yard, four-touchdown effort in which he completed 38-of-71 passes against St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 25 set a state single-game record for attempts.
Academic excellence: Huntley has maintained a 3.32 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: He has donated his time as a youth football instructor and has also volunteered locally on behalf of the Center of Hope Ministries in addition to feeding the homeless and serving as part of his school’s S.W.A.G. (Students Willing to Advance towards Graduation) program.
“He was an outstanding quarterback—the best we faced all season,” said Kareem Reid, head coach at rival Coconut Creek. “I could tell that he was a true leader on his team, and he was a highly competitive kid.
THE FUTURE: Huntley has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Utah in the fall of 2016.