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: Kash Daniel
School: Paintsville (Ky.)
Position: Linebacker and quarterback
Weight: 250 pounds
Athletic achievement: He recorded 88 solo tackles, 65 assisted tackles and four fumble recoveries this past season, leading the Tigers to a 13-1 record and the Class 1A semifinals. On offense, Daniel completed 73-of-123 passes for 1,319 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 926 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 117 carries. An All-State selection as a junior, he has been chosen to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Academic excellence: Daniel has maintained a 3.02 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of flood recovery efforts and youth football programs.
“Daniel is big and strong and he’s got good speed,” said Chris McNamee, head coach at Pikeville High. “He creates a lot of problems for an offense … and he gets the job done at quarterback too.”
THE FUTURE: Daniel has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2016.