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: Tim Tawa
School: West Linn (Ore.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Lions to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Class 6A championship game against Jesuit, scheduled for Dec. 5. The state’s returning Gatorade Football Player of the Year, Tawa completed 241-of-349 pass attempts for 4,171 yards and 50 touchdowns against just two interceptions through 13 games. He is a First Team All-State selection in both baseball and football and has eclipsed the state’s previous single-season record of 4,047 passing yards, set in 1997.
Academic excellence: Tawa has maintained a 4.03 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as an elementary school guest role-model speaker, a youth football and baseball coach and has raised funds to benefit cystic fibrosis research.
“Tim Tawa is an excellent quarterback with great skills and an understanding of the game that makes him special,” said Steve Oury, head coach at Lake Oswego High. “He does everything for his team and he does it against every opponent no matter the competition or the weather. He has complete command of the game and his leadership skills are projected loud and clear with the way his teammates respond to him. He is a complete player who excels and takes full advantage of his God-given abilities.”
THE FUTURE: Tawa has verbally committed to play baseball on scholarship at Stanford University in the fall of 2017.