The WSN 8-Player Football Awards were launched in 2016 to recognize the outstanding players participating in reduced player football. Awards presented will be Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. All players are eligible regardless of grade level.
Each year, a preseason Watch List will be produced, then narrowed down to five finalists to be announced after the first week of playoff games. Winners will be announced the week following the 8-Player State Championship.
These awards are not associated with any conference nor the WFCA awards, and are presented independently by WisSports.net.
Julian Krizan of Gilman has been selected as the 2020 8-Player Football Defensive Player of the Year by WisSports.net.
Krizan was among the state leaders with 97 tackles for the Pirates, who went unbeaten in the regular season before falling to Belmont in an extra game. In that showdown with Belmont, Krizan had eight tackles, including two for loss with a sack.
The junior inside linebacker recorded nine sacks this season and was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. He also served as the team's quarterback (despite wearing number 50), throwing 11 touchdowns while rushing for 14 scores.
Other finalists for the award included Dylan Ackerman of Newman Catholic, Mitch Douglas of Belmont, Leo Taylor of Suring, and Dawson Van Meter of Luck.
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