SP's Chestnut given All-State Honors at Griddy Awards

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
South Putnam senior lineman Ryan Chestnut poses with his trophy after being named to the 2012 All-State team at the Griddy Awards on March 17. (Courtesy photo)

South Putnam senior Ryan Chestnut, who was named the 2012 Putnam County Offensive Player of the Year, recently became the recipient of another state-wide award.

Chestnut, and offensive lineman, was named Small School All-State Honors at the Griddy Awards on March 17.

The Griddy Awards have been presented since 2007 at the Indianapolis Colts practice facility.

Although many players demonstrate on-field skills and stats, this is not the primary criteria for the award, Griddys.com states.

To be eligible for consideration, players must have been selected to at least two All-State teams. Chestnut was named first-team all-state for the Associated Press for the second time in 2012.

He was an all-state defensive lineman in both 2011 and 2012.

Each year more than 400 people attend the Griddys, the website states, gathering together to recognize the best players, coaches and media representatives in Indiana High School Football.

The award recipients are chosen after a panel of media and coaches review more than 18,000 varsity players in the state.

In addition to stats and other awards, criteria for recognition also includes invaluable qualifications such as character, community involvement, team leadership and other non-skill related assets.

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