Jesuit’s Joe Pesansky named the Class 5A state player of the year

Jesuit quarterback Joe Pesansky, who set nearly every single-season passing record at the school, was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 5A state player of the year. 

Pesansky, a senior, threw for 2,930 yards with 35 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Those numbers helped the Tigers go 14-1 and advance to the state semifinals. 

The Holy Cross signee moved from Virginia to the Tampa area this summer. In all, he has lived in five states: Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The frequent family moves are due to his father’s job at Enterprise Rentals. That is the reason Pensansky came to Tampa. At that time, Virginia had shut down high school sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pesansky enrolled at Jesuit and emerged from a crowded competition as the starting quarterback. Since then, Pesansky has become one of the best signal callers in school history. 

The finalists in each classification were voted on by a statewide panel of high school coaches and media representatives. The next round of voting among the finalists will determine Mr. Football, the award given to the top overall player in the state.