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The NFL High School Player Development (HSPD) program addresses challenges facing high school football programs across the country. HSPD serves as a free resource for both high school players and coaches. The program emphasizes safety and concussion awareness, character development and skills, as well as football fundamentals.
Mondays during football season (beginning Sept. 2) the Senior Bowl will name its 'Gulf Coast Player of the Week' on its weekly radio show, 'The Senior Bowl Locker Room Show,' on 105.5FM WNSP, and on seniorbowl.com.
During the annual Senior Bowl game, the Player of the Year will receive a trophy and be honored on the field during a timeout in the game.
In 2013, McGill-Toolen quarterback Jason Smith was named the Gulf Coast Player of the Year after guiding the Yellow Jackets to the state playoffs. During his senior season, Smith threw for 1,566 yards and nine touchdowns while running for another 867 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was also named the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, as a wide receiver.