Bellevue West senior running back Jay Ducker was named Nebraska’s Gatorade player of the year Friday.
“I strived to be the best player every time I stepped on the field,” the Northern Illinois commit said. “To get an award this prestigious caps off a great season for me and my team.”
Ducker led the Thunderbirds to their second state championship in November. He finished the season with 2,100 yards, 39 rushing touchdowns and six touchdowns receiving.
Ducker is also the state’s 11-man leader in career touchdowns with 110. He was two points shy of tying John Kroeker’s (Henderson, 1981-84) 11-man record of 672 for points in a career.
Ducker is the schools fourth Gatorade Player of the Year joining Jadyn Kowalski (2015), CJ Johnson (2014) and Clester Johnson (1990).
Winners of the award are judged by a panel of experts under the supervision of The Gatorade Company and based upon a sixty percent (60%) weighting of the athletes overall athletic resume (including a primary assessment of the current season) along with a forty percent (40%) weighting of academic achievement and character.