Wood wins player of year award | VailDaily.com

Wood wins player of year award

Ryan Slabaugh

As quarterback, Wood passed for more than 1,000 yards each of the last two seasons, as well as starting as a defensive back for the Devils, who won the 3A Western Slope League and advanced to the state semifinal game.

“It just proves all the work I did over the summer really paid off,” said Wood, who also starts for the basketball team and catches for the baseball team. “I lifted weights, ran a lot and threw whenever I could.”

The award recognizes athletes who demonstrate athletic ability, strong leadership and integrity where it counts most, within the 20-yard line. Wood’s coach, John Ramunno, nominated him after the last game of the season – but not just for his play in the pocket.

“He’s been our long-snapper for three seasons and, I think, he’s only had one bad snap on a punt,” Ramunno said. “What’s kind of neat about Justin is he wants to continue playing football. He went on a visit to Mesa State University, met players and took a tour.”

Wood joins Arvada’s Jason Blake, Boulder’s Zac Carlson, Chaparral’s Andy Frohardt, Ellicott’s Lawrence Nee and La Junta’s Joey Madrio as winners of the award. The athletes will now have their names submitted to the Red Zone Football Committee, who will select 50 national winners. Those selected will be recognized in a full-page advertisement in USA Today, as well as receive plaques and certificates.

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at rslabaugh@vaildaily.com.