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: Biaggio Ali Walsh
School: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 182 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Gaels to a 14-0 record, the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Super 25 Expert Rankings and a berth in the Division I state championship game against Liberty High, scheduled for Dec. 5. At the time of his selection, Walsh had rushed for 2,187 yards and 30 touchdowns on 183 carries, averaging 12.0 yards per tote. The first-year starter had also caught nine passes for 181 yards and three scores for Gorman, which is seeking its seventh straight state title.
Academic excellence: Walsh has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: The grandson of three-time heavyweight boxing champion and cultural icon Muhammad Ali, he has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and food bank and with the Salvation Army.
“Biaggio has been Mr. Offense for Gorman this year,” said Darwin Rost, athletic director at Palo Verde High. “He made a lot of things happen on the offensive side of the ball.”
THE FUTURE: Walsh will begin his senior year of high school in the fall of 2016.