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Noah Clayberg Named Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year

Posted: Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 3:33 pm
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports Staff


Noah Clayberg of Pella High School is the 2015-16 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year.

Clayberg is the first Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Pella High. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Clayberg as Iowa’s best high school football player. He is also now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award announced in December.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior quarterback led the Dutch to a 14-0 record and a second consecutive Class 3A state championship this past season. Clayberg rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries in addition to completing 9-of-15 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in a 31-17, title-clinching victory against Norwalk, that was heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

He also captured Most Valuable Player honors in the state championship game for a second straight year. The Class 3A First Team All-State selection threw for 1,695 yards and 21 touchdowns against just three interceptions in 2015 on 105-of-149 passing (70.5 percent).

Clayberg added 1,846 rushing yards and 30 scores on 186 carries this season. Also a linebacker, he collected 44 tackles (9.5 for losses), two sacks and one interception in 14 games.

Noah has maintained a 3.70 weighted GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of his church’s youth group, the National Honor Society and his team’s community service days.

“I’ve coached for 25 years, have had kids play at the Division I level, and one has a Super Bowl ring,” Knoxville coach Eric Kellar said in a statement. “Noah Clayberg is about as good of a player that I’ve seen. Pella is good, but there is no way they win a state title last year or this year without him. He is fast, agile, tough, explosive, and elusive. Every team he goes against will have him caught behind the line of scrimmage, but he gets away every time. There are game-changers, and he is at the top of the list.”