Coeur d'Alene High quarterback named Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year

Senior Chad Chalich of Coeur d'Alene High was chosen as the 2011-12 Gatorade Idaho Football Player of the Year on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback led the Vikings to a 12-0 record and their second consecutive 5A state championship in November.

Chalich finished the season with 3,636 passing yards and 42 touchdowns, completing 242-of-331 passes while throwing just two interceptions. He also rushed for 471 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Chalich gave a verbal commitment to Idaho earlier this week.

"Chalich is a really good athlete," Mountain View coach Judd Benedick said in a press release. "He's a very accurate passer. He's got great feet, very mobile in the pocket and he makes all the throws he needs to make."

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young man. Best wishes for your future.

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At the risk of sounding negative...a commitment to the Vandals?? Are you kidding me? Unfortunately the article fails to include any information of what other D1 schools were interested in this young man. I say change time zones...get away from all your familiar will help you GROW.

Enjoy the Ride...there is no return ticket.

Sounding negative?

You don't sound as negative as jealous. Then should the Eagle high kid from last year transfer to Idaho to "get away" and "change timezones"?

Great choice of schools Chad, you'll receive a top notch education as well.

Going to Idaho

Perhaps his primary reason in going to college is to get an education. If so, there is no better place in Idaho for that than the University of Idaho. There are still universities where education is more important than athletics.

Good Luck in your


Don't drink all the free Gatorade at once...


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His stats (Chalich) are better than the two top ranked QB "recruits" on Top recruit doesn't mean top ranked player it just means you have marketed yourself the best, went to a combine or two which gives you the most opportunity to be scouted theyby getting you the most offers. You can go to and compare players stats. That website lists all games played, wins and losses and school and player stats. You can also see his stats against Whitney's Jake Rodrigues who commited to Oregon and Eagle's Tanner Mangum who commited to BYU. The Coeur d' Alene Vikings played both Whitney and Eagle and blew them away, a large part due to Chalich and a great defense. I wouldn't doubt if the top ranked "recruits" listed on those recruiting sites are there because they pay the fee to get their name out there to the coaches. Chalich was offered a full ride scholarship from Idaho and offered a "preferred" walk on by both Boise and Utah. Sometimes it's more about paying for your education than playing. Idaho might not have the best football team yet but it's a great school to get an education. Maybe Idaho just needs a great QB like Chalich to get them on a winning streak. You can also go to and click gamestream to watch the Vikings games. Chalich was also pulled out at halftime in many games because the Vikings were up so many points. His stats would be so much more if he would have played full games.

Well he didn't.


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