Dano Graves named MaxPreps National Player of the Year

By: Matt Long
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Dano Graves was overcome with emotion as about 200 people applauded him after the Folsom High senior was named the MaxPreps National High School Football Player of the Year during a ceremony held Wednesday morning in the Folsom High gymnasium. In front of his family, teammates, coaches, school administration and city leaders, not to mention several media outlets, Graves received the trophy from MaxPreps Founder and President Andy Beal and then was given an opportunity to address the admiring crowd. “I’d like to thank the Lord for blessing me with such a great group of guys (as teammates),” Graves said. “Two weeks ago I felt lucky to just be on the watch list for this award. It’s an amazing feat. This is probably the high point of my life and I’ll remember it forever. “I want to thank my parents and grandparents and my aunt, the coaching staff, Troy Taylor, our fans and the community. It’s an amazing accomplishment for me and I appreciate everybody.” Graves passed for 3,702 yards and 62 touchdowns and rushed for 994 yards and 23 touchdowns, while leading Folsom High to a Division II state championship. His 85 touchdowns this season is a state record. Steve Montoya, MaxPreps national director of content, put winning the award in perspective. "There are more than 500,000 kids who play varsity football in high schools all over the nation," Montoya said. "To win this award is like winning the lottery. It's more rare than winning the Heisman Trophy. Dano was an unanimous choice among our staff." For more on this story, pick up a copy of next Wednesday’s Telegraph.