MINNEAPOLIS - Osseo running back Bridgeport Tusler has been picked as the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school football.
The award and the AP's all-state team were announced Tuesday.
Tusler rushed for 1,173 yards and 16 touchdowns and reached the end zone 23 times, including receiving, passing and returning. He also led all teams in the Twin Cities metro area with eight interceptions.
Tusler is hoping to play for his home-state university, but the Gophers haven't offered him a scholarship. North Dakota, Northern Iowa and South Dakota are other schools he's being recruited by, and recently Rutgers has shown interest. For now, Tusler will turn his attention to the Orioles' defending state champion basketball team. If he picks a smaller college, he'll consider playing both sports.
Recent winners of the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year award for prep football:
2012 - Bridgeport Tusler, RB, Osseo
2011 - Philip Nelson, QB, Mankato West
2010 - Reggie Gandy, RB, DeLaSalle
2009 - Seantrel Henderson, OL, Cretin-Derham Hall
2008 - James Peterson, QB, Blaine
2007 - Michael Floyd, WR, Cretin-Derham Hall
2006 - Michael Floyd, WR, Cretin-Derham Hall
2005 - Jake Machacek, RB, Eastview
2004 - Nick Mertens, QB, East Grand Forks
2003 - Nathan Swift, RB, Hutchinson
2002 - John Majeski, RB, Hastings
2001 - Tyler Evans, RB, McLeod West
2000 - Joe Mauer, QB, Cretin-Derham Hall
1999 - Dominique Sims, DB, DeLaSalle
1998 - Thomas Tapeh, RB, St. Paul Johnson
1997 - Ryan Iversen, LB, Eden Prairie
1996 - Brian Day, RB, Brainerd
1995 - Kirk Midthun, QB, Triton