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: Carson Leary
School: Otter Valley Union (Brandon, Vt.)
Position: Quarterback and defensive end
Weight: 220 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Otters to an 11-0 record and the Division III state championship this past season. A 2015 North South All-Star Football Classic selection, Leary rushed for 1,729 yards and 29 touchdowns on 124 carries while completing 47-of-81 passes for 828 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also accounted for 50.5 tackles and 10 sacks for a defense that yielded just 11.2 points per game.
Academic excellence: Leary has maintained an 87.9 average.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s prom committee, he has served as the secretary of his graduating class and volunteered locally on behalf of the LifeBridge Christian Church.
“Carson Leary has a rare combination of size and speed that you don’t often see at this level,” said Otter Valley Union head coach James Hill. “He has a chiseled physique and is the fastest player on the team. His work ethic and leadership sets the tone for the entire team.”
THE FUTURE: Leary remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.