In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced today that Quincy High’s Jirehl Brock has been selected as its 2018-19 Gatorade Illinois
Football Player of the Year.
Brock is the first Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Quincy Senior High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic
achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Brock as Illinois’s best high
school football player. Brock is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be
announced in December.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound senior running back and safety rushed for 2,155 yards and 33 touchdowns on 188 carries this past season, leading the Blue Devils to a 7-3 record and the Class 6A playoffs.
Brock chipped in with 7 pass receptions for 137 yards and 4 touchdowns, he also recorded 26 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
The career rushing leader in the Western Big 6 Conference, Brock is a First Team All-State selection.
A devoted member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Brock has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, youth sports camps and an elementary school reading initiative.
Brock has maintained a 3.10 GPA in the classroom.
Jirehl has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at Iowa State University next fall.