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Graves named state player of the year

By: Matt Long
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The accolades are rolling in for Dano Graves. Folsom High’s senior quarterback, who led the Bulldogs to a Division II state championship, was named the State Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports and was also named to the MaxPreps All-American team last week. Graves doesn’t play to receive awards, of course, but he does appreciate all the honors. “I was definitely really excited about being the player of the year,” Graves said. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s an honor. I’m very grateful for anything that I get.” When Mark Tennis of Cal-Hi Sports called him last week to break the news to him, Graves wasn’t clear what Tennis was telling him. “At first I just thought he was telling me that I was in the running for it and then he told me and I had to re-ask, ‘Am I the state player of the year?’ I was shocked and surprised.” Graves set a state record with 85 touchdowns on the season, 62 passing touchdowns and 23 rushing scores. Graves completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,702 yards for an average of 246 yards per game and he only threw six interceptions. He also rushed for 994 yards. “What a great year Dano had,” Folsom coach Kris Richardson said. “He’s an unbelievable talent who had one of the greatest seasons in state history. He’s an amazing young man with great character and leadership skills. When all is said and done, I think he will be remembered as one of the greatest football players in Sacramento history.” Graves is visiting the Air Force Academy this weekend, one of the schools that has offered him a scholarship. After that he plans on visiting Portland State and perhaps Sacramento State.