Cochran repeats as Gatorade State Player of the Year

Casey Cochran

Masuk senior quarterback Casey Cochran has been named the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

He is the first repeat winner in the 27-year history of the Gatorade Connecticut football awards.

Cochran (6-foot-1, 205) has thrown for 2,801 yards, 36 touchdowns against four interceptions for Masuk, the state’s highest-scoring offense. He will graduate from Masuk this month and is committed to play football at UConn.

The Gatorade Player of the Year award is given to players who display excellence on the field and in the classroom and show exemplary character.

Cochran has maintained a 3.92 grade point average and is a winner of the Masuk High School Book Award for Introduction to Engineering and Algebra I and Geometry. Cochran has volunteered locally at regional food banks, as a youth football coach and peer tutor.

He is a candidate for Gatorade’s national player of the year.

“It’s a great honor to win the award again,” Cochran said in a statement. “I have to give the credit to my teammates for this award, though.

“My line has been great this year, and they have gave me a lot of time to do what I can. Colin has been running so well that teams have had to load the box and roll the dice which has opened up a lot of our passing game.

“My receivers have worked harder this off-season than I’ve ever seen. We have been working on our timing nonstop since last January. They have been tremendous. And I have to give a lot of credit to our defense, which has gotten teams off the field, put points on the board, and picked us up when we were struggling.”

This year, Cochran became state’s all-time leader in passing yards (10,501), and touchdowns (111). He is the only Connecticut player to surpass 10,000 passing yards or 100 touchdown passes in a career.

Masuk is 11-0 and is playing Hand in the CIAC Class L semifinals on Saturday, 7 p.m. at West Haven’s Ken Strong Stadium.

As a junior, Cochran threw for 3,345 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions to lead Masuk to the school’s first undefeated season (13-0) and the Class L state championship.

As a sophomore at Masuk, Cochran threw for 2,968 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also previously helped New London, coached by his father, Jack, to a Class SS state championship as a freshman.

Sean Patrick Bowley