Boise State com­mit Dun­can named Idaho’s top player after mon­ster sea­son

The Idaho Statesman - - Sports - BY MICHAEL LYCKLAMA mly­ck­[email protected]­hostates­man.com

Foot­ball play­ers from Idaho’s small towns of­ten go over­looked. But not De­clo’s Kee­gan Dun­can.

The Boise State foot­ball com­mit was named the 2018 Ga­torade Idaho Foot­ball Player of the Year on Thurs­day, mak­ing him the first player out­side the 5A clas­si­fi­ca­tion to win the award since Fruit­land’s Joe Mar­tarano in 2012.

He’s also the first from the Idaho 2A ranks to win the statewide award, which picks a player of the year re­gard­less of clas­si­fi­ca­tion. The award started in 1985.

“Kee­gan Dun­can is the best player at any level in Idaho,” Te­ton coach Brody Birch said in a news re­lease. “He moves very well for his size, he has good hands and he also plays well on de­fense. He’s a dev­as­tat­ing blocker, too, and a dan­ger­ous re­turner in the kick­ing game. Just a great al­laround foot­ball player.”

A 6-foot-3, 220-pound se­nior run­ning back and de­fen­sive back, he capped his high school ca­reer with back-to-back 2A state ti­tles and 25 con­sec­u­tive wins.

He ran for 2,041 yards and 27 touch­downs this fall, av­er­ag­ing 15.7 yards per carry. He caught 19 passes for 595 yards and 13 scores, threw four touch­down passes, and re­turned three punts, two kick­offs and two in­ter­cep­tions for scores, giv­ing him 51 to­tal touch­downs in 12 games.

The award also takes into ac­count aca­demic suc­cess and char­ac­ter on and off the field, traits Dun­can ful­filled. He owns a 3.97 GPA and vol­un­teers with the Spe­cial Olympics, the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica and youth sports pro­gram, a news re­lease said.

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