CHICAGO - In its 28th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Andrew Libby of Thornton Academy as its 2012-13 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year. Libby is the second Gatorade Maine Football
Player of the Year to be chosen from Thornton Academy.
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 Libby as Maine's best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December, Libby 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,
The 6-foot, 195-pound junior running back and safety led the Golden Trojans to an 11-1 record and the Class A state
championship this past season. Libby rushed for 1,091 yards and 23 touchdowns on 182 carries, caught 17 passes for
190 yards and two scores and returned four punts for touchdowns, including one in the state title game win over
Lawrence High. Libby also recorded 98 tackles, six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and forced a fumble.
Libby has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter and food
bank, and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research. Libby has also served as an area youth football
and track coach.
"Andrew is the most important player on Thornton Academy's senior-laden team," said Matt Perkins, head coach of
Windham High. "Their offense goes through him. On defense, he's their free safety and allows them to over-play one
side of the field because he will control the other side. He is one of the most dynamic players I've seen."
Libby will begin his senior year of high school next fall.
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 the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, 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 sport.
Libby joins recent Gatorade Maine Football Players of the Year Louis DiTomasso (2011-12, Wells High School), Peter
Gwilym (2010-11, Cheverus High School), Jack Mallis (2009-10, Windham), Jack Heary (2008-09, Deering High School)
and Justin Villacci (2007-08, Gorham) among the state's list of former award winners.