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: Tren’Davian Dickson
School: Navasota (Texas)
Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: He hauled in 82 receptions for 1,525 yards and 24 touchdowns this past season, leading the Rattlers (12-1) to the regional round of the Class 4A, Division I state playoffs. Also a defensive back, Dickson returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection added a punt return for a score to finish his senior season with 27 total touchdowns on just 92 touches. The returning National Junior of the Year as named by MaxPreps, Dickson’s 39 touchdown catches during a state title-winning campaign as a junior in 2014 set a single-season national prep record. His 76 career touchdown receptions also set a state record.
Academic excellence: Also a basketball and track standout, Dickson has maintained a 3.04 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics and his school’s Life Skills special education program.
“He is a leader—a fine young man who will accomplish whatever he sets out to accomplish,” said Navasota head coach Lee Fedora. “On the field of play, in the classroom, at the next level of his education, both on and off the field, Tren’Davian will be a success because of his work ethic and commitment to his team.”
THE FUTURE: Dickson has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Baylor University in the fall of 2016.