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: Jack Abraham
School: Oxford (Miss.)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Chargers to a 12-2 record and a berth in the Class 5A state championship game against Wayne County High, scheduled for Dec. 5. At the time of his selection, Abraham had completed 297-of-453 passes for 4,541 yards and 53 touchdowns against just five interceptions. A preseason Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection, Abraham has led Oxford to three straight state final appearances. He entered the title game with 11,474 passing yards and 126 touchdowns in his prep football career.
Academic excellence: Abraham has maintained a 3.98 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally with the Salvation Army and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research. He has also donated his time as a youth football coach.
“Jack Abraham is a true quarterback that always knows where to go with the football,” said Nick Nester, head coach of Lake Cormorant High. “He’s one of the best quarterbacks that I have seen in high school football, maybe the best.”
THE FUTURE: Abraham has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Tulane University in the fall of 2016.