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Eden Prairie's J.D. Spielman has been named the Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year* *for the State of Minnesota.
The award is presented to players who made a significant impact on the field during the season and demonstrated: high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
"J.D. Spielman is not only an exceptional athlete but also a tremendous person who represents our school and community with great class," Eden Prairie High Head Coach Mike Grant told USA TODAY High School Sports. "He is one of the best players to ever play in Minnesota. His skills and competitive drive separate him from all others. He has great speed and instincts with great natural physical strength. He was the best player on the field every game and Eden Prairie played the toughest schedule in the state."
Spielman, the son of Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, recently also was named Mr. Football for the State of Minnesota.
He averaged 12.3 yards per rush (1,259 yards with 19 TDs on 102 carries, 15.6 yards per catch (203 yards and two TDs on 13 receptions), 29.3 yards per kickoff return and 24.6 yards per punt return.
Spielman also returned two of his eight interceptions for touchdowns.
After starring as a running back, receiver, defensive back and return specialist, Spielman has committed to Nebraska and is projected to play slot receiver for the Cornhuskers.