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: Connor Bourque
School: Goffstown (N.H.)
Position: Running back
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Grizzlies to a 12-0 record and the Division I state championship this past season. Bourque rushed for 1,554 yards and 26 touchdowns on 158 carries and pulled down 17 receptions for 163 yards and two TDs. He also returned a pair of kickoffs for scores. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Bourque ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Exeter High in the state final.
Academic excellence: Bourque has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a cook at the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester and has also donated his time as a youth football coach and middle school wrestling team assistant.
“Connor Bourque impacts the game in so many ways,” said Eric Brown, head coach of Concord High. “As a kick/punt returner, you try not to kick to him. His performance on offense speaks for itself with his season stats.”
THE FUTURE: Bourque remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.