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.
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THE WINNER: Brandon Peters
School: Avon (Ind.)
Weight: 210 pounds
Athletic achievement: He completed 218-of-363 pass attempts for 3,103 yards and 37 touchdowns against just five interceptions this past season, leading the Orioles (10-3) to the Class 6A semifinals. A First Team All-State selection and a 2015 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition finalist, he has been selected to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Academic excellence: Peters has maintained a 3.50 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a standout varsity basketball player, he has volunteered locally as a youth football coach and in association with community clean-up efforts following a devastating storm.
“Brandon Peters is as good as you get in high school football,” said Lance Scheib, head coach at Noblesville High. “His quick release is amazing and he has shown his ability to play at a high level against the very best in Indiana. His mobility in the pocket might be his biggest strength as a quarterback. It allows him to keep plays alive and to extend plays when needed.”
THE FUTURE: Peters has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2016.