Folsom junior quarterback Jake Browning has been named the Gatorade California Football Player of the Year.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. It also puts him in the running for national honors to be announced later this month.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Browning, who has led the Bulldogs to a 13-0 record this season, has passed for national-leading 5,093 yards and a state-record 69 touchdowns this season.
It was the second year in a row that Browning has passed for more than 5,000 yards. He has 132 touchdowns.
Browning maintains a 3.63 grade-point average. He has volunteered at his school as a peer tutor and locally as a youth football coach.
"Jake Browning is a truly gifted player," said Sheldon football coach Herbie Berry, whose Huskies are league rivals of the Bulldogs, in a press release. "You really have to pick your poison with him.
"If you pressure him, he will kill you with his short game, accuracy and decision-making. If you put people in coverage and give him any time, he will destroy you because he can see the whole field.
"He is truly a special player. In my 20 years of coaching varsity football, he is the most talented quarterback I have seen or coached against."
Said Folsom co-coach Kris Richarson, "Jake's amazing, and he's only going to keep getting better. You can always find statistical stars at small schools but they may not always play against the best competition. Jake's done this agaisnt great competition, including the Delta River League, top-tier competition, and that makes it all the more amazing.
Browning joins recent Gatorade California Football Players of the Year Su'a Cravens (2012-2013, Vista Murrieta High School), Zach Kline (2011-12, San Ramon Valley High School), Cody Kessler (2010-11, Centennial High School), Malcolm Jones (2009-10, Oaks Christian School), Ryan Kasdorf (2008-09, Notre Dame High School) and Matt Barkley (2007-08, Mater Dei).
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