WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Omari Elias of Kapaun Mount Carmel High School in Wichita has been named the Gatorade Kansas football player of the year.

The award goes to the student who shows excellence in the classroom on the field and in the community. Elias is the first to be chosen as Gatorade Kansas football player of the year from Kapaun. 

Standing roughly five feet and eight inches tall and weighing around 205 pounds, Elias rushed for 3,109 yards and 40 touchdowns this last season, getting the Kapaun Crusaders to the class 5A state championship game. 

“Kapaun was tremendously effective on offense against every team they played and Omari is the reason why,” said Dusty Trail, head coach of Bishop Carroll High School. “Their offense goes because of him. He is so tough to tackle that so much of a defense’s time and energy is spent trying to get him to the ground.”

Elias maintained a 4.01 GPA and is committed to going to the United States Air Force Academy to play football this fall.

Elias joins Avery Johnson, Dylan Edwards, Lem Wash, and Ky Thomas who have won this award in previous years.

As part of the award, the athlete is given a grant by Gatorade to donate to a social impact partner. Over $4.9 million have been donated across 1,600 organizations.