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: Danny Dalton
School: Marshfield (Mass.)
Position: Tight end and linebacker
Weight: 244 pounds
Athletic achievement: He caught 49 passes for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season, leading the Rams (11-1) to the Division 2 state semifinals. A 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game selection, Dalton also recorded 57 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and two fumble recoveries. He was a 2014 All-Scholastic honoree by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald and concluded his prep football career with 2,002 receiving yards.
Academic excellence: Dalton has maintained a 3.24 GPA and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research.
“Danny Dalton is a smooth, talented receiver,” said Mike Sherman, head coach of Nauset High and former head coach of the Green Bay Packers. “He has great football character and instincts. I watched him run routes before the game and was impressed.”
THE FUTURE: Dalton has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Penn State University in the fall of 2016.