Westlake’s Cade Klubnik named Gatorade Texas football player of the year
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Westlake quarterback Cade Klubnik is the Gatorade Texas football player of the year, the company announced on Tuesday.
Klubnik, a committed senior at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, is also one of three nominees for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award. That price will be announced next week, a Gatorade representative said.
Klubnik leads the Chaps to the Division 2 Class 6A semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday against Katy, which will be held at McLane Stadium in Waco. Although he missed three games with a shoulder injury he suffered in a 35-0 against Bowie, he still had a good season.
In 11 games, Klubnik threw for 2,619 yards with a 71.4% completion percentage, 34 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also ran for 405 yards and 12 touchdowns for a total of 46 touchdowns. Westlake is 14-0 and ranked No. 2 nationally in the Top 25 MaxPreps.
According to the 247Sports recruiting service, Klubnik is the top recruit for the senior quarterback in the country and will join Clemson’s fifth best recruiting class nationally. Klubnik was also named USA TODAY Offensive Player of the Year and was the MVP of one of the country’s most prestigious football camps, the Elite 11 quarterback camp. He was also selected to play in the All-American Bowl 2022.
Klubnik volunteers for Special Olympics and youth athletic programs, is on the track team and has an A class average.
He joins recent Gatorade Texas POY winners Sawyer Robertson (2020-21, Lubbock Coronado), Jaxon Smith-Njigba (2019-20, Rockwall), Chase Griffin (2018-19, Hutto) and Spencer Sanders (2017-18, Denton Ryan).
Through its award and Gatorade’s âPlay It Forwardâ program, Klubnik can donate $ 1,000 to an organization of his choice that âhelps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sportâ.