Columbine's Tanner Hollens named Gatorade player of the year for football

(Dennis Pleuss/Jeffco Athletics)

Columbine's Tanner Hollens has been named the Gatorade player of the year in football for the state of Colorado.

Hollens, a senior running back, has amassed 1,667 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns so far this season as he's helped the Rebels reach the Class 5A semifinals. His 28 touchdowns are the most in 5A.

"Tanner Hollens is a threat physically," said Lakewood coach Jeff Braun. "He can hurt you both running and receiving."

A University of Northern Colorado commit, Hollens also has 282 yards and three touchdowns receiving this season.

Hollens is the second football player from Columbine to win the award, and ninth overall from the school. The last Columbine football player to win was Ryan Miller in 2006-07.