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: Mason Fine
School: Locust Grove (Okla.)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year threw for 4,232 yards and 53 touchdowns against seven interceptions on 251-of-384 passing (65.4 percent) this past season, leading the Pirates (12-1) to the Class 3A state quarterfinals. Also the returning Player of the Year as named by The Daily Oklahoman and Tulsa World, he rushed for 631 yards and nine scores on 145 carries in 2015. After setting state single-season passing records for yards (5,006) and touchdowns (71) as a junior in 2014, Fine’s 13,086 passing yards and 166 touchdown passes represent state career records.
Academic excellence: Fine has maintained a 4.00 GPA, ranks No. 1 in his graduating class and has served as class president for the past three years.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has also volunteered on behalf of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“He plays the game as it should be played,” said Darin Kapella, head coach at rival Westville. “Great leader, great poise, great attitude. He is a young man with excellent character and integrity—a very respectful young man who respects the game and his opponents.”
THE FUTURE: Fine remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.