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Bozeman’s Dissly Named Gatorade Football Player of the Year
Senior led Bozeman Hawks to undefeated season and AA state title
Will Dissly of Bozeman was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Montana Football Player of the Year. Dissly is the second football player from Bozeman High School to win the Gatorade award, which recognizes the best player in the state.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior tight end and defensive end led the Hawks to a perfect 13-0 record and the Class AA state title this season. Dissly recorded 64 tackles, 12 for a loss, with 9.5 sacks and 32 quarterback hurries. He also caught 54 passes for 917 yards and 12 touchdowns. A First Team All-State selection on both offense and defense, Dissly was the Class AA co-Defensive MVP as a junior.

Dissly has maintained a 3.54 GPA in the classroom. Also a track and field standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports camps.

“Will Dissly is a monster,” said Pat Murphy, head coach at Helena Capital High. “He’s big, strong, physical and fast. Defensively, he takes away an entire half of the field at defensive end. Offensively, he’s got such a big body that you can put three guys on him and they’ll still throw him the ball.”

Dissly remains undecided about college.

Dissly joins the state’s list of former award winners that includes Gunnar Brekke (2012-2013, Capital High School), Caleb Kidder (2011-12, Capital High School), Tanner Roderick (2010-11, Bozeman High School), Matt Miller (2009-10, Capital) and Brock Osweiler (2008-09, Flathead High School) among

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit here.
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