• Wildcats' Warmack named Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year

  • A big junior season is starting to pay off for Blue Springs standout running back Dalvin Warmack.

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  • A big junior season is starting to pay off for Blue Springs standout running back Dalvin Warmack.
    Warmack on Thursday was named as the 2012-13 Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year. The honor makes Warmack a candidate for the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award.
    The 5-foot-9, 177-pound running back led the Wildcats to the Class 6 state championship with a 13-1 record. He amassed 2,281 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns on 255 carries this season for an 8.9-yard-per-carry average.
    He also added 19 receptions for another 236 yards and five touchdowns, giving him 45 total TDs for the season. He averaged 179.8 yards of offense per game and accounted for 278 of his team’s 626 points this season.
    In five playoff games, he totaled 728 yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 carries, including 181 yards and two scores on 23 carries in the Wildcats’ 42-3 rout of Francis Howell in the Class 6 Show-Me Bowl state championship game.
    “Dalvin Warmack is a great character kid and a great athlete,” Lee’s Summit North coach Ty Kohl said in the press release. “The only problem I have is that he’s only a junior, and we have to face him again next season. On a serious note, he’s an exceptional player.”
    Warmack is the second Blue Springs running back to win the award in the last three years. Darrian Miller won the 2009-10 award. He joins running back Andrew Tuggle (2003), running back Jamar Mozee (1998 and 1999) and wide receiver Leroy Pruitt (1993) as Blue Springs players to win the award, which has been handed out since 1986. Springfield Hillcrest’s Dorial Green-Beckham, now at Missouri, won last year’s award.
    The award recognizes “athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character,” according to the press release from Gatorade. Warmack has a 3.90 grade point average and has volunteered locally as a youth football instructor.

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