Today, The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club (GCSGC) is pleased to announce that running back Bijan Robinson of Salpointe High School in Tucson was named the 2018 Ed Doherty Award recipient at a formal luncheon. Members of the GCSGC Ed Doherty Award Selection Committee chose Robinson based on his outstanding performance throughout the 2018 season. Fifty-one athletes were nominated for the award, which is the highest performance honor that an Arizona high school football player can earn.
“All of the nominees are great players that deserve to be here. To them I say, ‘keep balling, keep going,’ said Robinson during his acceptance speech. “Thank you to Coach Bene who has stuck with me since I was a freshman and has always encouraged me to trust my instincts and be the best that I can be.”
Robinson, who was a 2017 nominee, was named on GCSGC’s 47-player Watch List released on September 5, 2018. With a 2,245-yard, 34-touch down effort this season, he led the Lancers back to the 4A state final rematch with Saguaro High School. His final season stats (including 4A final):
11 100+ yard games
14.1 yards per carry
184.6 yards per game
“As impressive as his stats are, Bijan remains humble amidst the accolades and credits his teammates, coaches and family for his success,” said Ward Hickey, selection committee co-chair. “GCSGC is proud to have him in the Ed Doherty Award Club, and we look forward to seeing what he accomplishes during his senior year.”
About Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club
The Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is the steward of the Ed Doherty Award and is the most meaningful advocate of high school football in the State of Arizona. The mission of the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club is to represent Arizona amateur athletics by bringing national attention to the extraordinary qualities of our young people and serve in the pursuit of athletic achievement, academic advancement and greater social affinity.
About the Ed Doherty Award
For 32 years, the Ed Doherty Award has been the State of Arizona’s highest individual high school football honor and is awarded annually to the state’s most outstanding high school football player by the Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club. The Ed Doherty Award recognizes the player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winner of the award epitomizes great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. In addition to on-field performance, the Ed Doherty Award recognizes the well-rounded accomplishments of community involvement, school pride, and academics.