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: Tommy Kraemer
School: Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Position: Offensive tackle
Weight: 310 pounds
Athletic achievement: He amassed 156 pancake blocks and anchored a team offense that racked up 5,064 yards of total offense and averaged 390.3 yards per game this past season. The Panthers (9-4) reached the Division I postseason quarterfinals. A First Team All-State selection, Kraemer has been selected to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Academic excellence: Kraemer has maintained an 89.3 average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as an elementary school guest role-model speaker and as a youth football and basketball coach.
“Tommy Kraemer is an outstanding player and an outstanding young man, as well,” said Rodney Roberts, head coach at Centerville High head coach. “He is undoubtedly the best offensive lineman that we faced this year. He impacts a game from the offensive line and that is not something you see often in high school football.”
THE FUTURE: Kraemer has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2016.