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: Ben Bredeson
School: Arrowhead (Hartland, Wis.)
Weight: 305 pounds
Athletic achievement: He anchored an offense that racked up 5,298 total yards and averaged 31.6 points per game this past season, leading the Warhawks (12-1) to the Division 1 state championship game. A two-time First Team All-State selection and ranked as the nation’s No. 37 recruit by 247Sports, Bredeson has been selected to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Academic excellence: Bredeson has maintained a 3.28 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s leadership council, he is an accomplished pianist and a vocalist in his school’s concert choir.
“Without debate, Ben Bredeson is the best high school football player in the state of Wisconsin,” said Dave Pfeiffer, head coach at Kettle Moraine High. “He is big, strong and intelligent and he plays every down like it is fourth and two. He is also a great teammate. He leads by example for the entire athletic program on the field, classroom and community.”
THE FUTURE: Bredeson has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2016.