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: Christian Jegen
School: Mill Valley (Shawnee, Kan.)
Position: Wide receiver, running back and defensive back
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Jaguars to a 12-1 record and the Class 5A state title this past season. Jegen caught 65 passes for 1,274 yards and 16 touchdowns and also rushed for 824 yards and 14 scores on 113 carries. A semifinalist for the 2015 Simone Award, given to the top player in the Kansas City metro area, he finished the season with 2,538 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns. As a defensive back, he recorded 29 tackles and two interceptions.
Academic excellence: Jegen has maintained a 3.76 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Mill Valley High Student Leadership Team, he has volunteered locally with an elementary school literacy-outreach campaign and as a youth football coach.
“Christian Jegen is the most dynamic player I have seen in a long time,” said Tom Radke, head coach of St. James High. “He is a playmaker and a difference-maker on both sides of the ball and on special teams as a returner.”
THE FUTURE: Jegen remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.