Ky Thomas named Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - After rushing for over 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns, Topeka High running back Ky Thomas was named the Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year.

This is an award given by Gatorade to a high school player who excels both on and off the field. Thomas held a 3.12 GPA and also spent time volunteering at a homeless shelter and food bank. Thomas also spent time in "community beautification projects" and volunteered as a youth football coach.

“Ky is an unbelievable player,” said Corby Milleson, head
coach of Emporia High School. “He is absolutely the best player I have coached against. He is the reason for the
Trojans’ success.”

After receiving this award, Thomas will be able to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. This is a part of Gatorade's "Play it Forward" campaign. The senior running back will also be put in the running for the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. That award is given to only one male and female athlete every year.

Thomas was a three-time First Team All-State selection. In his high school career, he ran for 7,054 yards and scored 93 touchdowns. He will graduate high school later in December and enroll early at the University of Minnesota on an athletic scholarship.