CHICAGO — St. Augustine High School running back Leonard Fournette was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Louisiana Football Player of the Year in an announcement by the sports drink company Thursday.

The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

Fournette, a 6-foot-1, 232-pound junior running back, rushed for 2,155 yards and 34 touchdowns on 203 carries. He averaged 10.6 yards per carry this past as the the Purple Knights (9-4) advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

Fournette also caught 25 passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns and returned two kickoffs for scores. He is the No. 6-rated recruit in the Class of 2013 by

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sport.