Gaydosz and Clinton would be the players most likely to make a run at Switzer for the Kennedy, since their teams project to be AAA title contenders, like GW. Gaydosz doesn't mistake which quest means more to him.
"I'm honored to be named, to be mentioned with all those guys,'' Gaydosz said. "They're great players. Ryan Switzer is one of my good friends. . . . This is a team sport. I don't play for individual awards. There's one that's my goal and the team's goal - and that's to get to the state championship. That's what we're going for.''
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What they're saying about the Kennedy Award race
"I 100 percent consider Ryan Switzer the Kennedy Award front-runner. His numbers are astronomical as they stand today, and he is clearly the best high school player in the state.'' - SHAWN RINE, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register
"Statistically speaking, Ryan Switzer's numbers are close to where they were this time last season. If I'm not mistaken, he's averaging one touchdown every four times he touches the ball, which is an incredible ratio. There are several talented running backs in the state - Brandon Spurlock from Wayne, Brett Hathaway from Bridgeport, L.J. Lawrence from Elkins and Chazzy Thomas from Morgantown to name just a few. But Switzer is still at the top of the list and should be considered the front-runner for the Kennedy Award.'' - CHRIS JOHNSON, Exponent Telegram (Clarksburg)
"For me, it is still Ryan Switzer's award to lose. I think the two games that Ryan missed solidify how important he is to his team. The team struggled in his absence and hasn't really been challenged with him on the field. Cabell Midland's David Gaydosz and Wayne's Brandon Spurlock are both players from my area that I think are in the running as well, but Switzer is a kid that is known statewide and every defense goes into a contest trying to shut him down. No one has been able to do so, and that speaks volumes about his abilities as a player and about the offensive line in front of him.'' - GRANT TRAYLOR, Herald-Dispatch (Huntington)
"Injuries are part of the game and should not be held against a deserving candidate. I do have a personal rule that I won't support any athlete who gets himself suspended and misses game[s] for an unexcused absence.'' - DAVE POE, Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"Given the statistic-driven nature of awards like the Kennedy, any person, no matter the circumstances, who achieves high numbers has an opportunity to win the award.'' - RICK KOZLOWSKI, The Journal (Martinsburg)