Saginaw Swan Valley junior Alex Grace runs away with fan vote to become finalist for Michigan High School Football Player of the Year
Swan Valley junior Alex Grace ran away with the fan voting, becoming the fifth finalist and only non-quarterback up for Michigan High School Football Player of the Year. (Jeff Schrier | The Saginaw News File)
“Our community does things like that,” Swan Valley coach Ken Bourbina said. “They support all the players all the time. Alex is a pretty humble kid, so it’s easy for the community to support him.
“I’m not a big fan of kids who get big heads. He keeps working to get better. Not all kids are like that. Sometimes they get big heads and think they’re God’s gift to the world.”
Grace won the fan balloting with 14,429 votes, outdistancing second-place Brian Cole, a junior from Saginaw Heritage with 10,226 votes. Cole made a late run at the fifth spot, edging out Muskegon quarterback Deshaun Thrower for second place in the fan voting.
Thrower finished third with 4,496 votes, followed by Walled Lake Western quarterback Kyle Bambard (1,413), Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall (277) and Birmingham Groves running back Ross Williams (277).
The five finalists go to the final round of voting, which is done by the Player of the Year voting panel.
The first Michigan High School Football Player of the Year will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25.