Skyline quarterback Max Browne was named the Gatorade Washington Player of the Year Thursday.
Here is the press release.
CHICAGO (December 1, 2011) — In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Max Browne of Skyline High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year. Browne is the third Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Skyline High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Browne as Washington’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Browne joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Wes Welker (1999-00, Heritage Hall HS, Okla.), Terrell Suggs (1999-00, Hamilton HS, Ariz.), Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.) and Jerome Bettis (1989-90, Mackenzie HS, Mich.).
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior quarterback has led the Spartans to a 10-3 record and a berth in the Class 4A state final against Skyview High, scheduled for Dec. 3. Browne passed for 3,813 yards and 43 touchdowns through 13 games, completing 273-of-389 attempts while throwing just five interceptions. A 2010 First Team All-State selection, he has connected on better than 70 percent of his passes this season and has thrown for more than 200 yards in 12 games in 2011.
Browne has maintained a 3.55 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with his church youth group and as a football and basketball camp counselor and referee.
“Max Browne is incredibly poised and efficient, he makes great decisions and is a winner,” said Steve Valach, head coach of rival Liberty High. “In two years, he has thrown about four incompletions against us. His fundamentals are impeccable and he makes the most of his ability.”