In a year of milestones, records and accolades, Jake Browning can add another to the list.
The Folsom High School quarterback was named Friday as the Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 16-0 record and a CIF State Division I championship, setting a number of state records in the process.
Browning, a two-time Bee Player of the Year and one-time Offensive Player of the Year now attending classes at Washington after enrolling early, was named Gatorade State Player of the Year last month.
Browning is the first player in history with three consecutive 5,000-yard passing seasons. His 229 career touchdown passes and 91 this season are national records, and his 16,775 career passing yards are the most in state history and the third-most ever nationally. Folsom’s 915 points this season are also a state record.
Browning is the fourth player from this region to be named State Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. The other three:
▪ Dano Graves (Folsom, 2010) led Folsom to the CIF State Division II title while setom to the CIF State Division II title while setting state season passing touchdown records, since broken by Browning.
▪ Kevin Willhite (Cordova, 1981) also was named national Player of the Year by four publications. Willhite was the area’s most heavily recruited athlete for any sport.
▪ Don Burnside (Grant, 1943), the area’s first star quarterback, went to USC and led the Trojans in rushing three times. While at USC, he changed his surname to Doll, after the stepfather who raised him.
Davis’ O’Keeffe honored – Davis junior Fiona O’Keeffe was named the Gatorade State Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and is a finalist for the National Runner of the Year. O’Keeffe won the CIF State Division I title this fall in a course-record 16 minutes, 57 seconds. She was fourth in the Nike Cross National Finals in 17:31.
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