Tollefson named AP Player of the Year

Congratulations to West De Pere QB Jay Tollefson.

Jay Tollefson put up some impressive numbers while competing in three consecutive WIAA Division 3 state championship games.

In leading West De Pere to back-to-back state titles, the 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback was a combined 18 of 28 for 194 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 56 times for 326 yards and five touchdowns.

As a sophomore when the Phantoms lost to Reedsburg 34-27 in the Division 3 state title game, Tollefson caught a team-high six passes for 48 yards and a TD and rushed once for 18 yards.

West De Pere coach Bill Turnquist, though, said the most important statistic is the one that describes Tollefson the best.

“He’s a winner,” said Turnquist, who just completed his 37th season at West De Pere. “He’s the best quarterback I’ve ever had.”

Not only that he was the best player in the state of Wisconsin this year according to the AP.

For his efforts, a statewide panel of media members voted Tollefson the 2011 Associated Press Wisconsin state football Player of the Year.

Tollefson rushed for 1,358 yards and 25 touchdowns and completed 99 of 178 passes for 1,618 yards and 18 touchdowns. He completed his two-year run as a starting quarterback with a 28-0 record.

As prep writer Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, Tollefson winning the award shouldn’t shock anyone.

Tollefson, like Walker did in 2003 when he had 1,023 yards and 13 TDs as a tight end and 17 sacks as a defensive end, made it almost impossible not to pick him.

He won championships. Put up crazy numbers. Played amazingly well in state title games when all eyes were on him.

Consider that in 14 games this season,

Whether it was on the ground or through the air, he accounted for at least two touchdowns in every game.

He had four games in which he had three TDs, three games with four TDs, two games with five TDs and one game with six.

You could make a strong case Tollefson was at his finest in the biggest of games. He threw for 125 yards and two TDs and rushed for 191 yards and three scores in a 53-0 win over Notre Dame in the semifinals.

He then broke the D3 state title game record and tied the record in any division with five TDs in West De Pere’s 39-24 win over Wisconsin Lutheran, rushing for 176 yards and three scores and throwing for 61 yards and two TDs.

Numbers like that, combined with what he’s done over his prep career, should eventually lead to a D1 scholarship. Especially when you consider 7 of the last 8 winners of the award went on to play D1 ball.

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