Accolades

ALL-STATE: Class 5A Superlative Nominations

Ponte Vedra QB Nick Tronti; PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Beede/FHSF

After weeks of research and compiling information, we are getting closer to releasing the FloridaHSFootball.com All-State teams for the 2016-17 season. However, first things first, we have our nominees ready for all eight classes as to who will be named to the following awards:

  • Most Valuable Player
  • Offensive MVP
  • Defensive MVP
  • Coach of the Year

The MVP will be selected from one of the 10 finalists for Offensive and Defensive MVP from each classification.

As an added bonus, you can vote until 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST Thursday, February 2 for the Fan’s Choice on each of these awards which will be revealed when the teams are released to the public, most likely sometime next week.

Make sure to tell your friends and family about the voting as well which can easily be shared to Facebook and Twitter through the social sharing buttons on top or bottom of the article.

CLASS 5A OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

QB Nick Tronti, Sr., Ponte Vedra
217 of 325, 3,328 yards, 34 TDs, 4 INTs; 115 carries, 678 yards, 19 TDs; 41.1 punting avg

RB De’vonta Smith, Sr., Central (Brooksville)
276 carries, 2,913 yards, 33 TDs

WR Marshall Few, Sr., Ponte Vedra
65 rec, 1,171 yards, 11 TDs

QB D.J. Phillips, Sr., Rickards (Tallahassee)
2,635 yards, 23 TDs, 5 INTs; 605 yards rushing, 5 TDs

RB Malik Davis, Sr., Jesuit (Tampa)
2,469 yards rushing, 33 TDs

CLASS 5A DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

DL Rocky Jacques-Louis, Jr., Dunbar (Fort Myers)
95 tackles, 17 TFL, 26 sacks, 35 QB hurries, 1 FF, 1 FR

DL Andrew Chatfield, Jr., American Heritage (Plantation)
87 tackles, 24.5 sacks, 29 TFL

DB Jean Joseph, Jr., Lely (Naples)
Lockdown corner who had 4 return TDs (2 INTs, 1 FR, 1 KOR), plus had 606 yards receiving and 11 TDs

LB Steven Shipp, Sr., Spoto (Riverview)
95 tackles, 17.5 sacks, 4 FF, 2 FR

LB Rico Schnitzler, Sr., Clay (Green Cove Springs)
140 tackles, 7 TFL, 5 QB hurries, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 2 FF

CLASS 5A COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Matt Toblin, Ponte Vedra
Lead Sharks to first-ever state championship game appearance, finishing with the District 5A-4 championship, an undefeated season record and a 13-1 overall record.

Quintin Lewis, Rickards
Lead team to first regional final appearance in school history, capturing the District 5A-2 championship for the second straight season and finishing the season with a 10-2 record.

Patrick Surtain, American Heritage (Plantation)
In his first year as head coach, Surtain was able to put the Patriots back on track to the state championship game, finishing the season with an unblemished record of 14-0.

Anthony Egan, Wesley Chapel
With this being his first year at the helm at Wesley Chapel, Egan guided the Wildcats to a surprising 7-2 finish after several losing seasons in a row. Egan also had the Wildcats in the hunt for a playoff berth through the end of the season.

Matt Thompson, Jesuit
For the second straight year, Thompson has guided the Tigers to the state semifinals, falling just short to American Heritage. The Tigers finished the season with a 12-1 overall record.

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