By Jimmy Durkin
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 2:19 pm in East Bay Football.
Here’s the full 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 Zach Kline of San Ramon Valley High School as
its 2011-12 Gatorade California Football Player of the Year. Kline is
the first Gatorade California Football Player of the Year to be chosen
from San Ramon Valley 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 Kline as California’s
best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious
Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in
December, Kline 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-2, 205-pound senior quarterback has led the Wolves to a 9-3
record and a berth in the CIF North Coast Section Division I semifinals
against Monte Vista High, scheduled for Dec. 3. Kline passed for 3,079
yards and 32 touchdowns, completing 195-of-289 attempts while throwing
just six interceptions through 12 games. A 2012 U.S. Army All-American,
he was also an ESPNHS Elite 11 Quarterback Camp invitee.
Kline has maintained a 3.28 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of
his church community, he has volunteered locally as an elementary school
guest speaker and on behalf of Locks of Love, a non-profit organization
which provides hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children
suffering from medical hair loss.
“Zach Kline is an outstanding quarterback with limitless potential and
the desire to be the best he can be,” said San Ramon Valley High head
coach Mark Kessler. “His work ethic is relentless and he always finds
time to improve.”
Kline has verbally committed to play football on an athletic scholarship
at the University of California beginning in the fall of 2012.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner
in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high
school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys
and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and
boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year
in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the
Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top
sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished,
veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each
Kline joins recent Gatorade California Football Players of the Year 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) among the state’s list of former award