In a day and age where many student-athletes choose to do their talking with their mouths, Ty Jones was content with letting his play on the football field speak for him in 2012.
Using 300 carries over 11 games, the senior running back reeled off an eye-popping 2,214 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns, setting Cullman County records in both categories and leading Vinemont on a magical 8-3 ride that ended with a postseason berth.
While a 200-yard performance would constitute a career night for the average player, that total was merely a benchmark for Jones. The bruiser topped the mark a whopping six times before closing the regular season with his strongest showing yet — 317 rushing yards and his third-straight five-touchdown night on 42 carries in a gritty 33-24 road victory over Randolph.
By the time the Eagles made their way to Lauderdale County for a first-round playoff game, the No. 4 Tigers knew to expect a heavy dose of Jones.
They still couldn't stop him.
Despite having the biggest of targets on his back, the senior managed to pick up a modest 126 rushing yards and Vinemont's lone touchdown.
Now, nearly a month-and-a-half after taking the last carry of his illustrious prep football career, Jones is picking up a more-than-modest piece of recognition — a First Team selection at running back in Class 3A when the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its All-State squads on Wednesday.
“To look at what Ty did is honestly pretty unbelievable,” Eagle coach Alan Scott said. “I expected him to be a pretty good ballplayer for us, but for him to set the rushing yards and touchdowns mark was pretty remarkable.”
In Scott's eyes, the honor couldn't have been bestowed upon a better kid.
“I just think he's very solid. He never really gets too high, and he never really gets too low,” the coach said. “He's always smiling, in a good mood, dependable and consistent. He gave it everything he had every single play, and I think that definitely showed on the field.”
With 33 touchdowns — five more than Hanceville's Diamond Simmons compiled in his 3A Back of the Year campaign in 2011 — it's safe to say Jones had a nose — and eyes and ears and legs and arms — for the end zone. Scott learned pretty early in the season who to give the ball to when the Eagles needed a six-point play.
“Whenever we got near the goal line to start the year off, I would try different things,” the coach said. “It became apparent very quickly No. 4 wanted the ball when we got close. To score 33 touchdowns on the ground, you've got to have that desire to cross the goal line, and he definitely had it.”
A grand total of 10 players from The Times' coverage area garnered All-State honors this year, but Jones was the only one who cracked his classification's First Team. The other nine, representing five different squads, were chosen as honorable mentions.
Accompanying Jones from Vinemont were offensive lineman Marcus Clarke and Tyler Boland, an all-purpose threat who made the exclusive squad at defensive back.
Any good running back knows holes don't just open up on their own. That's where offensive linemen come in, and Clarke simply could not be stopped when it came to creating rushing room for Jones. The junior graded out at 85 percent or better in all 11 games and served as the leader of an O-line that accounted for a massive 3,016 rushing yards in 2012.
“As the year progressed, the line started gelling,” Scott said. “Those backs don't get those yards without big guys pushing the other team's big guys around. Ty will be the first to tell you his offensive line did excellent this year.”
Though Boland was a deserving choice at defensive back, he realistically could've been added at any number of positions, be it running back, wide receiver or athlete.
If Jones were Batman, then Boland was his Robin, using his track-star speed in every facet of the game. The junior finished with 1,110 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns.
On offense, Boland rushed for 632 yards and six touchdowns on 74 carries, while also catching 12 passes for 208 yards and another three scores.
On defense, he racked up 26 solo tackles, four interceptions with 145 return yards and one touchdown, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one tackle for loss.
If all that weren't enough, Boland also had his hand in the Eagles' return game, taking one kick 58 yards for a touchdown in his team's near upset of then-No. 4 Hamilton.
As the only squad in The Times' coverage area to advance past the first round of the playoffs, it should come as no surprise Cullman wound up with the most members — four — on the ASWA's All-State Team. Quarterback Zac Crocker, wide receiver Houston Turner, defensive back Trey Moon and defensive lineman Alex Martin all landed on the 5A list as honorable mentions.
The selection was the second in a row for Crocker, who followed up a breakout 2011 with an equally impressive and efficient senior year, despite the Bearcats being thrown in one of the state's toughest regions with Muscle Shoals, Hartselle, Russellville, Athens and others.
With the full trust of legendary coach Mark Britton and a potent wide receiving corps of three seniors and one junior, the dangerously accurate signal-caller finished 242 of 358 (68 percent) for 2,522 yards and 28 touchdowns in 12 games. To top things off, Crocker also brought his big-boy boot to the Black and Gold's punting game when called upon.
The quarterback had no shortage of targets to choose from, but his most popular turned out to be Turner, who was always a deep threat and never thought twice about laying his body on the line for a catch. That was never evident more than in Week 5 against eventual-3A state champion Madison Academy, when the 6-foot-6 senior completely sprawled out down the left sideline to come up with a miraculous 30-plus yard grab.
Turner led Cullman with 68 receptions, 781 yards and 14 touchdowns. Some of his best performances came against the Bearcats' biggest competition, catching nine passes for 102 yards and one touchdown in the third round versus McAdory and hauling in two scores against then-top-ranked Muscle Shoals at home in Week 9.
Offenses always get a majority of the glory, but the Black and Gold's defense, led by coordinator Matt Hopper, was also at its best in 2012. The unit held opponents to only 16 points a game and claimed two shutouts, the most impressive a 30-0 second-round blowout in a hostile Walker environment.
Moon and Martin played huge roles in the defense's successes.
Moon had some rather large shoes to fill at safety when All-State First Teamer Andrew Winfrey experienced a severe car crash in mid-February. It didn't take long for the junior to show he was up for the challenge, though, picking off a pass in Cullman's season-opener against Walker.
Moon concluded the season with four interceptions, including one in the third round versus McAdory, and led Cullman in tackles with 116 total — 64 solo and 52 assisted with one for loss. He also had two fourth-down stops and four hammers.
While Moon did his damage in the defensive backfield, Martin did his in opponents' offensive backfields, providing a constant presence with nine tackles for loss and a hearty seven sacks to go along with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 hammers. The junior was responsible for 113 tackles overall in 13 games — 64 solo and 49 assisted.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound lineman was also used frequently on fourth-and-short situations in the team's “Bearcat” formation, where three big players line up behind the quarterback with the intent of one of them bulldozing ahead for the necessary yardage. Martin converted many of those attempts and even ran in a touchdown during the playoffs.
Rounding out the area's All-State athletes are Fairview's Luke Bailey (4A offensive athlete), Hanceville's Sheldon Lewis (3A defensive athlete) and Addison's Franky Melson (1A linebacker).
Bailey put the finishing touches on a masterful football career for the Purple and Gold with one last honor from the state's sports writers. The dual-threat quarterback was the boy who set everything in motion for an Aggie squad that finished 7-4 and hosted Munford in the first round of the postseason.
Bailey nearly reached quadruple digits on the ground with 964 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 141 carries, while also completing 141 of 237 passes for 2,282 yards and another 19 scores for good measure.
Often overlooked was the senior's contributions as a punter. He embraced the added responsibility and excelled at it just as he does with every endeavor he undertakes, finishing with 804 yards on 26 kicks for an average of 30.9 yards.
Bailey's most impressive performances of the season came in statement victories against some of the best squads Fairview's region had to offer.
The first came in a comeback effort over Saint Clair County. With the Aggies quickly down 16-0, the Purple and Gold's winningest quarterback in school history had a hand in all four of Fairview's unanswered touchdowns en route to a 30-16 win.
The second came in a 55-44 shootout against Sardis. All-State First Teamer Toby Pee wowed audiences on either side of the stadium, but Bailey ended the ballgame with the last laugh, leading the Aggies to the triumph with 262 yards and three touchdowns through the air, as well as 132 yards and another two six-point plays on the ground.
Bailey only needed a single half to put up his usually astounding numbers in a 55-26 victory versus Locus Fork. After just two quarters, the senior amassed 326 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. He ended the night with 378 passing yards and a fifth score via the air.
With senior leaders like Diamond Simmons, Broc Malcom, Braxton Pitts, Lance Twitty and Daniel Whitfield lost to graduation following a dream 10-0 regular season in 2011, Hanceville needed at least one player to step up and take hold of the rising program.
There was never any doubt Lewis was that player.
On defense, the big boy — he's 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds — knew how to bring the pain, acting as a ruthless tackler with a knack for delivering bone-crushing blows. The extremely aware defender didn't let his teammates panic after a disappointing 0-3 start, helping lead the Bulldogs to an inspirational seven-game win streak and playoff berth by season's end.
Lewis piled on a crazy-high 95 solo tackles and assisted in 66 others, good for 161 total tackles, an average of 15 per game through 11 contests and the highest mark in The Times' coverage area. Eighteen of those tackles were for loss with four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also tacked on one interception, returning it 46 yards for a touchdown.
Lewis was equally as sensational on offense, almost topping four-digit rushing totals at fullback. The freight train, who frequently dragged three or four defenders down the field with him, made the most of his 131 carries, powering to 921 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
First-year coach David Smothers easily considered Melson the leader on an Addison defense that allowed only 12 points per game over 10 Friday nights. The Bulldogs only gave up 29 points in the last seven games of the regular season, including three shutouts, one three-point game, two sevens and one 12. The 12 was understandable considering it came from then-unbeaten Falkville in Week 8.
Melson's downright dirty display on defense played a sizable part in Addison bouncing back from a shocking 0-2 start and finishing the year with a 7-3 record and first-round hosting rights in the playoffs.
At 5-foot-8, 182 pounds, the junior isn't generally the biggest kid on the field, but as a country kid who works in a lumber yard all summer, Melson packs a punch into each and every one of his tackles. He earned his All-State accolade by totaling 119 tackles in 10 games — 47 solos and 72 assisted. Six were for loss and four were sacks.
The All-State team was chosen by a panel of the state’s high school writers earlier this month. The group also selected its finalists for Back and Linemen of the Year in each class, to be released on Saturday (Dec. 29). The winners of those 14 awards, as well as the selection of Mr. Football, will be announced at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year luncheon, to be held in Montgomery on Jan. 16 and sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.
Nominations were solicited from high school coaches by newspapers in their area as well as the ASWA; not every school responded to the request for information, but more than 1,100 players statewide were nominated.
% The ASWA's Paul Beaudry contributed to this report.
ASWA 2012 All-State Team
QB – Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 6-6, 219
RB – Julius McCall, Chelsea, Sr., 5-10, 180
RB – Racean Thomas, Oxford, Jr., 6-0, 200
RB – Berron Tyson, Baker, Sr., 5-9, 170
WR – Brian Clark, Clay-Chalkville, Jr., 6-3, 195
WR – Michael Powers, Hoover, Sr., 5-8, 170
TE – Jakell Mitchell, Opelika, Jr., 6-3, 210
OL – Austin Golson, Prattville, Sr., 6-5, 285
OL – Grant Hill, Huntsville, Sr. 6-6, 290
OL – Harrison Louden, McGill-Toolen, Sr., 6-5, 286
OL – Darius Preyer, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., 6-1, 266
OL – John Grady Welden, Mountain Brook, Sr., 6-3, 267
K – Robert Greene, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 5-9, 160
ATH – Nate Andrews, Fairhope, Sr., 6-1, 205
DB – Marlon Humphrey, Hoover, Jr., 6-0, 180
DB – Stuart Jacobs, Vestavia Hills, Sr., 5-9, 175
DB – Stephen Roberts, Opelika, Jr., 6-0, 175
DB – Marquez White, Northview, Sr., 6-1, 173
LB – Bryan Brower, Stanhope Elmore, Sr., 5-10, 195
LB – Drew Davis, Bob Jones, Sr., 6-1, 200
LB – Reuben Foster, Auburn, Sr., 6-2, 235
LB – Shaun Hamilton, Carver-Montgomery, Jr., 6-2, 219
DL – Daniel Clayton, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., 6-0, 225
DL – Parker Cothren, Hazel Green, Sr., 6-5, 265
DL – Rashaan Evans, Auburn, Jr., 6-3, 215
DL – Na’Vante Williams, Decatur, Sr., 6-0, 240
P – Tripp Burnett, Prattville, So., 5-11, 185
ATH: Thomas Hill, Grissom, Sr., 5-11, 180
Coach of the Year: Brian Blackmon, Opelika
Quarterback: Kendrick Doss, Florence, Jr.; Cameron Echols-Luper, Auburn, Sr.; Nick Mullens, Spain Park, Sr.; Connor Short, Hoover, Sr.; Jason Smith, McGill-Toolen, Sr.
Running Back: Calen Campbell, Hoover, Sr.; Deonte Moore, Huntsville, Sr.; Josh Walker, Austin, Sr.
Wide Receiver: Alontai Adams, Foley, Sr.; Josh Banks, Alma Bryant, Jr.; Malique Elliott, Austin, Sr.; J.J. Green, Florence, Sr.; Austin Williams, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Jr.
Tight End: Jesse Blackburn, Gardendale, Sr.; Roy Norwood, Baker, Sr.
Offensive Line: Jess Cooper, Tuscaloosa Co., Sr.; Billy Dasher, Oak Mountain, Sr.; Xavier Fields, Stanhope Elmore, Sr.; Josh Martin, Pelham, Sr.; Brandon Ray, Bob Jones, Sr.
Kicker: Zach Farni, Davidson, Sr.; Emiliano Ramirez, Tuscaloosa Co., Sr.; Cade Stinnett, Enterprise, Jr.
Offensive Athlete: Thomas Hill, Grissom, Sr.; O.J. Jackson, Wetumpka, Jr.; Traveon Samuel, Central-Phenix City, So.
Defensive Back: Austin Dempsey, Hazel Green, Sr.; Tim Graves, Carver-Montgomery, Sr.; Austin Hughes, Decatur, Jr.; Trey Jenkins, Daphne, Sr.
Linebacker: Ted Colburn, Tuscaloosa Co., Sr.; Lamont Crittendon, Austin, Sr.; Brandon Fuller, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.; Rashawn Smith, Florence, Sr.; Cameron Toney, Huntsville, Sr.
Defensive Linemen: Curtis Beamon, Huffman, Fr.; Adam Harvey, Mountain Brook, Sr.; Finesse Middleton, Gadsden City, Sr.; Darius Paige, Foley, Sr.
Punter: P.J. Corlew, Austin, Sr.
Defensive Athlete: Kamryn Melton, Dothan, Sr.; Philbert Martial, McGill-Toolen, Sr.
QB – Joel Poe, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-1, 200
RB – Tyler Jackson, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-10, 150
RB – Jamarcus Nance, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-10, 160
RB – Michael Seaton, Chilton Co., Sr., 5-7, 150
WR – Blain Crain, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-3, 190
WR – Jarren Johnson, Jackson, Sr., 5-11, 190
TE – Wyndell Archie, Saraland, Sr., 6-3, 225
OL – John Casher, St. Paul’s, Jr., 6-2, 290
OL – Tyler Carr, Southside-Gadsden, So., 6-6, 295
OL – Dylan Cline, McAdory, Sr., 6-4, 255
OL – Blake Copeland, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 6-4, 240
OL – Jordan Sims, Homewood, Jr., 6-4, 330
K – Logan McPherson, Fort Payne, Sr., 5-11, 165
ATH – A.J. Freeman, Pinson Valley, Sr., 5-5, 145
DB – Johnny Cook, Spanish Fort, Sr., 6-0, 185
DB – Levi Fell, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 5-11, 150
DB – Kenneth Jordan, Wenonah, Sr., 6-0, 175
DB – Damien Whitfield, McAdory, Sr., 6-0, 170
LB – Zach Cunningham, Pinson Valley, Sr., 6-4, 200
LB – DeShaun Davis, Vigor, Jr., 6-0, 225
LB – Ethan Simmons, Briarwood Chr., Sr., 6-0, 190
LB – Tre Williams, St. Paul’s, Jr., 6-2, 220
DL – Bo Grant, Valley, Sr., 6-3, 205
DL – Jared Holloway, St. Paul’s, Sr., 6-0, 275
DL – Dee Liner, Muscle Shoals, Sr., 6-4, 290
DL – Cory Thomas, McAdory, Jr., 6-5, 265
P – Jay Williams, Homewood, Sr., 6-0, 200
ATH – Siran Neal, Eufaula, Sr., 6-0, 185
Coach of the Year: David Powell, McAdory
Quarterback: Deacon Aldridge, Hartselle, Sr.; Zac Crocker, Cullman, Sr.
Running Back: Dantley Coker, Southside-Gadsden, Jr.; Roderick Davis, Demopolis, Jr.; Brandon Peters, Williamson, Sr.
Wide Receiver: Logan Motte, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.; Earnest Robinson, Pinson Valley, Sr.; Houston Turner, Cullman, Sr.; Luke Wall, Hayden, Sr.
Tight End: Austin Rossi, Chilton Co., Sr; Shaquille Ward, Vigor, Sr.
Offensive Line: James Burgess, Vigor, Sr.; Brandon Heard, Fort Payne, Sr.; Brett Medforth, Sylacauga, Sr.; Zach Sims, Homewood, Sr.; Dylan Thompson, Hartselle, Sr.
Kicker: Cole Travis, Saraland, Sr.; Austin Wood, Valley, Sr.
Offensive Athlete: Darice Allen, Carroll, Sr.; Malik Rosier, Faith Acad., Jr.; Kylen Towner, St. Paul’s, Sr.
Defensive Backs: Zavier Charmichael, St. Paul’s, Jr.; Jay Duckett, Etowah, Sr.; LaKendrick James, Jackson, Sr.; Quadrekas Key, Walker, Jr.; Aaron Lamb, Hartselle, Sr.; Harry Mason, Pinson Valley, Sr.; Trey Moon, Cullman, Jr.
Linebacker: Gavin Bryant, Jackson, Jr.; Ethan Felton, Muscle Shoals, Jr.; Justin Henderson, Fairfield, Sr.; Richard Hilliard, Chilton Co., Sr.; Darius Jackson, McAdory, Sr.
Defensive Lineman: Tavares Bingham, Williamson, Sr.; Ahmad Gooden, Talladega, Jr.; Jeffery Goodwin, Jackson, Sr.; Alex Martin, Cullman, Jr.; Taylor Reynolds, McAdory, Sr.; Derek Watkins, Fort Payne, Jr.; Terrell Woods, Boaz, Sr.
Punter: Zane Vickery, Rehobeth, Jr.; Dee Williams, Moody, So.
Defensive Athlete: Nicolas Jackson, Wenonah, Sr.; Demetrius Kemp, Demopolis, Jr.
QB – Jackson Richard, Madison Co., Sr., 6-0, 180
RB – Jordan Chunn, Madison Co., Sr., 6-0, 210
RB – Herman McKenzie, Tallassee, So., 5-10, 180
RB – Toby Pee, Sardis, Sr., 5-11, 180
WR – Monterio Burchfield, Madison Co., Sr., 6-3, 190
WR – Alvin Scott, Oneonta, Sr., 6-1, 180
TE – Jamari Staples, Central-Clay Co., Sr., 6-4, 175
OL – Blaise Brown, Oneonta, Sr., 5-10, 263
OL – Austin Lee, Madison Co., Sr., 6-2, 277
OL – Keke Pritchett, Thomasville, Jr., 5-11, 235
OL – Ray Scott, J.O. Johnson, Sr., 6-2, 300
OL – Shedrick Thomas, Lincoln, Jr., 6-3, 270
K – Cesar Diaz, North Jackson, Sr., 5-11, 160
ATH – Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright, So., 5-8, 181
DB – Brandon Gurley, Madison Co., Jr., 5-9, 170
DB – Justice Owens, Alexandria, Sr., 5-11, 178
DB – Sam Pettway, UMS-Wright, Sr., 6-1, 187
DB – Deionte Smith, Dora, Sr., 6-0, 150
LB – Raleigh Killen, Rogers, Sr., 5-10, 180
LB – Sheldon Nixon, Calera, Sr., 5-10, 190
LB – Payton Reynolds, Central-Clay Co., So. 6-0, 215
LB – Dake Rivers, Beauregard, Sr., 6-0, 205
DL – Blake Bean, Oneonta, Jr., 6-3, 240
DL – Zach Bedwell, Cherokee Co., Sr., 5-11, 210
DL – Rod Crayton, Dadeville, Sr., 6-0, 280
DL – Joel Parrish, Dora, Sr., 6-2, 224
P – Geoffrey Bramblett, Locust Fork, Sr., 6-2, 200
ATH – Ronnie Clark, Calera, Jr., 6-3, 210
Coach of the Year: Smitty Grider, Beauregard.
Quarterback: Kaleb Beck, Dadeville, Sr.; Caleb May, Dora, Sr.; Cody O’Toole, Oneonta, Sr.
Running Back: Kartez Carr, St. Clair Co., Sr.; Tyler Smith, Oneonta, Sr.; Kai Thomas, Dora, Sr.
Wide Receiver: Trey Collins, Beauregard, Jr.; Kerry Smith, Corner, Sr.; Terry Toler, Dadeville, Sr.
Tight End: Brock Latta, Oneonta, Jr.
Offensive Line: Gus Addison, UMS-Wright, Sr.; Cameron Ghotar, Dora, Sr.; Casey Hunt, Oneonta, Sr.; Blaine Pruitt, Sardis, Jr.; Taylor Watt, Alexandria, Sr.
Kicker: Nick Mullins, Tallassee, Sr.
Offensive Athlete: Luke Bailey, Fairview, Sr.; DiJon Paschal, Tallassee, Sr.
Defensive Back: Austin Blevins, North Jackson, Sr.; Jalen Johnson, Oneonta, Jr.
Linebacker: Ethan Boyd, Oneonta, Jr.; Joey Denison, Charles Henderson, Sr.; Ralph Garner, Thomasville, Jr.; Josh White, Beauregard, Sr.
Defensive Lineman: Anfernee Jennings, Dadeville, So.; Dakota Rushing, Haleyville, Jr.; Blake Smith, Madison Co., Sr.; CorDarrell Whatley, J.O. Johnson, Sr.
Punter: Troy Elliott, Corner, Sr.
Defensive Athlete: Courtney Collins, Beauregard, Sr.; Charles Woodard, J.O. Johnson, Sr.
QB – Samuel Grisham, Lauderdale Co., Jr., 5-10, 190
RB – Johnathan Ford, New Hope, Sr., 6-0, 192
RB – Kerryon Johnson, Madison Acad., So. 6-1, 195
RB – Ty Jones, Vinemont, Sr., 5-11, 200
WR – JaTevin Madison, Fayette Co., Jr., 5-10, 150
WR – Jaylin Porter, Abbeville, Sr., 6-0, 190
TE – BJ Bailey, Deshler, So. 6-1, 190
OL – Matt Bryson, Geraldine, Sr., 6-3, 255
OL – JaBaris Davis, Greensboro, Sr., 6-2, 192
OL – David Gross, Trinity, Sr., 6-6, 292
OL – Andrew Isbell, Leeds, Sr., 6-0, 225
OL – Frank Williams, Madison Acad., Sr., 6-2, 260
K – James Sherman, Catholic-Montgomery, Jr., 5-10, 170
ATH – Courtney Foy, Midfield, Sr., 5-11, 175
DB – Roman Buchanan, Daleville, Sr., 6-2, 195
DB – Zarrian Grant, Northside, Sr., 6-0, 180
DB – Jacoby Lockhart, Leeds, So., 5-6, 145
DB – JeVontey Smith, Greensboro, Sr., 6-2, 197
LB – Jamarious Henderson, Dale Co., So., 6-0, 210
LB – Jamie Major, Piedmont, Sr., 6-2, 225
LB – Ronald Woods, Leeds, Sr., 5-11, 200
LB – Taylor Ziak, Madison Acad., Jr., 5-11, 210
DL – Torrandine Harris, Midfield, Sr., 6-1, 240
DL – Exavyer Jackson, Piedmont, Sr., 5-9, 265
DL – Tyler Love, J.B. Pennington, Sr., 6-0, 185
DL – Brian Puckett, Lauderdale Co., Sr., 6-3, 245
P – Jordan Lake, Westminster Chr., Sr., 6-0, 205
ATH – Marcellus Redmond, Fayette Co., Sr., 5-8, 160
Coach of the Year: Trent Taylor, Straughn
Quarterback: Garret Lewis, Sipsey Valley, Jr.
Running Back: Marquese Banks, W.S. Neal, Sr.; Ryan Carpenter, Colbert Co., Jr.; Michael Davis, Geraldine, Sr.
Wide Receiver: Jessie Box, Hamilton, Sr.; CJ Savage, Piedmont, So.; Braylan Smith, Sipsey Valley, Sr.
Offensive Lineman: Marcus Clarke, Vinemont, Jr.; Mike Daves, Bayside, Sr.; Dustin Maples, New Hope, Jr.; Tyler Smith, Lauderdale Co., Sr.
Kicker: Morgan Coston, Leeds, Fr.; Trey Smith, Bayside, Sr.; Dillon Terry, Piedmont, Sr.; Chandler Trach, Madison Acad., Sr.
Offensive Athlete: Mitch Stults, Hamilton, Sr.
Defensive Back: Tyler Boland, Vinemont, Jr.; Laphonso Burroughs, Piedmont, Sr.; Tobias Qualls, Colbert Co., So.; Trey Smith, Bayside, Sr.
Linebacker: Sean Anderson, Abbeville, Sr.; Ladrelin Cheatom, Deshler, So.; DJ Simmons, Lauderdale Co., Sr.; Johnny Owens, Straughn, Jr.; Jonathan Walton, Bayside, Sr.; Darnell Williams, Fayette Co., Sr.
Defensive Lineman: Jordan Cushen, Sylvania, Jr.; Marquez Gamble, Piedmont, Sr.; Nick McCrae, Northside, Sr.; Dee Qualls, Colbert Co., Sr.; Michael Williams, Barbour Co., Sr.
Punter: Daniel Otwell, Glencoe, Sr. Daniel Otwell, Glencoe, Sr., 6-0, 185
Defensive Athlete: Jonathan Hagler, Leeds, Sr.; Sheldon Lewis, Hanceville, Sr.
QB – ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale, Sr., 6-1, 195
RB – Tyler Rogers, Mobile Christian, Jr., 5-11, 185
RB – Hayden Stephens, Tanner, Jr., 5-11, 170
RB – Tywone Stewart, Reeltown, Sr., 5-8, 170
WR – Willis Knight, Randolph Co., Jr., 5-10, 175
WR – Joe Vines, Lafayette, Sr., 5-8, 178
WR – Jalen Washington, Lanett, Sr., 6-1, 195
OL – Alec Godwin, G.W. Long, Sr., 5-9, 220
OL – Kadarrius Lawrence, Fultondale, Jr., 6-0, 275
OL – Jayson Stephens, Reeltown, Sr., 6-0, 280
OL – Derek Tucker, Sweet Water, Sr., 6-1, 260
OL – Hunter Warr, Washington Co., Sr., 6-0, 256
K – Grayson Anzalone, Montgomery Acad., Sr., 6-0, 150
ATH – Randy Blackwell, Fyffe, Sr., 5-10, 165
DB – Purvis Coger, Oakman, Jr., 6-1, 165
DB – Greg Maclin, Tanner, Sr., 6-4, 180
DB – Terio Rogers, Vincent, Sr., 5-11, 160
DB – Ariko Stewart, Reeltown, So., 6-0, 170
LB – Julian Hardy, Fultondale, Sr., 5-10, 180
LB – DeMarcus Holcombe, Washington Co., Jr., 6-1, 213
LB – Fred Rich, Tanner, Sr., 6-2, 200
LB – Barry Reach. Red Bay, Jr., 6-1, 210
DL – Tyler Gilliam, Hale Co., Jr., 5-11, 261
DL – Trayun Jones, Sweet Water, Sr., 6-1, 240
DL – Jestavia Norris, Reeltown, Sr., 6-1, 210
DL – Seth Roberts, Ariton, Sr., 6-4, 240
P – Dane Howard, Washington Co., Sr., 5-10, 180
ATH: Kyle Shoulders, Tanner, Sr., 6-2, 240
Coach of the Year: John Ritter, Red Bay
Quarterback: Shavar Holliday, Lanett, Sr.; Ty Sparks, Randolph Co., Jr.; Tyler Vann, N. Sand Mountain, Sr.
Running Back: Cory Battle, Horseshoe Bend, Sr.; Rodney Groce, Vincent, Jr.; Chantz Goodman, Walter Wellborn, Jr.
Wide Receiver: Quinton Harris, Oakman, Jr.; JD Smith, Sheffield, Jr.
Offensive Lineman: Jon Ashley Amison, Elba, Sr.; Jaleel Burton, Walter Wellborn, Jr.; Zach Fondren, Oakman, Jr.; Justin Lea, Ider, Sr.
Kicker: Ethan Simmons, Samson, Jr.; Steven Machias, Goshen, Sr.
Offensive Athlete: Jakoby Aldridge, Sweet Water, Jr.
Defensive Back: Jared Stewart, Fultondale, Fr.; Zach Walker, G.W. Long, Sr.
Linebacker: Luke Holt, Horseshoe Bend, Sr.; Don Tyler Jackson, Oakman, Sr.; Nick McCallister, Providence Chr., Jr.; Trent Thrash, Fyffe, Jr.
Defensive Lineman: Chad Bryant, New Brockton, Sr.; Antwan McCary, Fultondale, Jr.; Baltazar Rubio, Tanner, Jr.
Punter: Cole Dean, Samson, Sr.; Clay McNatt, Red Bay, Jr.
Defensive Athlete: Matt Belue, Red Bay, Sr.; Damauntey Johnson, Vincent, Sr.; Landon Machristie, Walter Wellborn, So.
QB – Rodney Camp, Phillips, Sr., 6-2, 175
RB – Jermarcus Brown, Pickens Co., So., 5-10, 175
RB – Aaron Dillard, Hubbertville, Sr., 5-10, 205
RB – George Payne, St. Luke’s, Sr., 5-11, 195
WR – Tyler Crumpton, Phillips, So., 6-3, 145
WR – Edgar Padilla, Collinsville, Sr., 6-0, 155
TE – DeAngelo Hardy, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 6-3, 200
OL – Shakeel Abdullah, Notasulga, Jr., 6-2, 230
OL – Taylor Driggers, Brantley, Sr., 6-2, 255
OL – Zev Finch, Pickens Co., Jr., 6-2, 305
OL – Craig Jones, Spring Garden, Sr., 6-1, 240
OL – Taylor Oden, Hubbertville, Sr., 6-1, 225
K – David Hernandez, Collinsville, Sr., 6-0, 180
ATH – Sean Wallace, Marion Co., Sr., 5-9, 180
DB – J.C. Finch, Berry, Sr., 5-10, 150
DB – Marlon Page, Notasulga, Sr., 5-9, 163
DB – DeShawn Riebesehl, Marion Co., Sr., 6-2, 180
DB – Anthony Robinson, Linden, Sr., 5-8, 152
LB – Clancy Brown, Berry, Sr., 6-0, 180
LB – Damien Davenport, McIntosh, Sr., 6-2, 262
LB – Adrian Howard, Brantley, Sr., 6-0, 185
LB – Justin Lucas, Notasulga, Sr., 5-9, 170
DL – Nick Combs, Cedar Bluff, Sr., 6-0, 175
DL – Antonio Dunner, A.L. Johnson, Sr., 5-10, 173
DL – Ryan Harris, Brantley, Sr., 6-2, 190
DL – Terrien Steele, Pickens Co., Sr., 6-3, 275
P – Jake Smith, Holy Spirit, So., 5-9, 165
ATH – Ready Swanigan, Marion Co., Jr., 5-10, 170
Coach of the Year: James Lucas, Notasulga
Quarterback: Levi Mintz, Cedar Bluff, Sr.
Running Back: Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry, Jr.; Forrest Livingston, Spring Garden, Sr.; Justin Sanderson, Marion Co., Sr.
Wide Receiver: Edgar Bahena, Tharptown, Sr.; O.J. Guice, Brantley, Jr.
Tight End: Mitchell Anderson, Shades Mtn. Chr., Sr.; Bishop Burnett, Notasulga, Sr.
Offensive Lineman: Selleven Burnett, Brantley, Sr.; Skylar Cagle, Cedar Bluff, Sr.; Tyler Davis, Linden, Sr.; Zac Pasley, Berry, Sr.
Kicker: Ben Riggs, Marion Co., Sr.
Offensive Athlete: Jermichael Harris, Parrish, Jr.; Shaquille Law, McIntosh, Sr.
Defensive Back: Terrence Bogen, Brantley, Sr.; John Newby, Pleasant Home, Sr.
Linebacker: Devane Brewster, Ragland, Sr.; Chris Hill, Pickens Co., Jr.; Demarquis Lumpkin, Keith, Sr.; Franky Melson, Addison, Jr.
Defensive Lineman: Phillip Badewa, Shades Mtn. Chr., Jr.; Dalton Hamby, Hackleburg, Jr.; DeQuenton Redden, Loachapoka, Sr.
Punter: Curtis Abernathy, Cedar Bluff, Sr.; Brandon Morrow, Maplesville, Sr.; Alexander Woodard, Notasulga, So.
Defensive Athlete: John David Jennings, Gaylesville, Sr.
QB - Dylan Ingram, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-4, 220
RB - Jarrette Pope, Clarke Prep, Jr., 6-2, 215
RB - Jaevon Walton, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 6-0, 225
RB - Kyle White, Macon-East Acad., Sr., 6-2, 180
WR - Rod Boykin, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-1, 180
WR - Taylor Hawthorne, Edgewood Acad., Jr., 6-4, 190
TE - O.J. Howard, Autauga Acad., Sr., 6-6, 230
OL - Terrell Bush, Tuscaloosa Acad., Jr., 6-3, 305
OL - Frank Warren, Glenwood Acad., Jr, 6-6, 340
OL - Karson Loomis, Macon-East Acad., Sr., 5-11, 210
OL - Wesley Williamson, Clarke Prep, Jr., 6-2, 285
OL - Cody Rogers, Sumter Acad., Sr., 6-0, 200
PK - Triston Knight, Lee-Scott Acad., Sr., 5-9, 170
ATH - Alex Morris, Ashford Acad., Sr., 6-2, 175
DB - Rush Wiggins, Clarke Prep, Sr., 6-2, 195
DB - Brody Thomasson, Lakeside, Jr., 6-0, 175
DB - Trey Johnston, Ashford Acad., Sr., 5-11, 160
DB - Mike Calhoun, Restoration, Sr., 5-10, 180
LB - Cortney Wilbanks, Restoration, Jr., 6-0, 225
LB - Bailey Hansen, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-4, 195
LB - David Ruffin, Lee-Scott Acad., Sr., 5-11, 195
LB - Dashun Bartley, East Memorial Chr., Sr., 6-2, 215
DL - Craig Bryan, Monroe Acad., Sr., 6-1, 250
DL - Raheem Sheppard, Hooper Acad., Sr., 6-1, 240
DL - Nick Henderson, Crenshaw Chr., So., 6-1, 173
DL - Casey McCluskie, Edgewood Acad., Sr., 6-3, 280
P - Cole Marsh, Southern Acad., Sr., 6-1, 190
ATH - Clay Thomas, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr., 5-9, 180
Coach of the Year: Robert Johnson, Tuscaloosa Acad.
Quarterback: London Maynard, Autauga Acad., Jr.; Jonathon Plott, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr.
Running back: Josh Crawford, Edgewood Acad., So.; Parker Allen, Patrician Acad., Jr.
Wide Receiver: Michael Swann, Glenwood Acad., Sr.; Shade Pritchett, Marengo Acad., Jr.
Tight End: Thomas DeGrange, Lee-Scott Acad., Jr.
Offensive Lineman: J.D. Diaz, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr.; Mathew Luster, Crenshaw Chr., Jr.; Aaron Wainwright, Autauga Acad., Sr.; Ryan Leonard, Lee-Scott Acad., Sr.
Defensive back: Michael Thompson, Escambia Acad., Sr.; Shaun Lewis, Crenshaw Chr., Sr.; Gentry Allen, Patrician Acad., Sr.
Linebacker: Taylor Carpenter, Jackson Acad., Sr.; Chris Yonkers, Sumter Acad., Sr.; Hayden Hall, Marengo Acad., So.; Zack Paulene, Autauga Acad., So.; Caleb Tucker, Clarke Prep, Jr.
Defensive Lineman: Kyle Andrews, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr.; Alryk Perry, Glenwood Acad., Sr.; B.J. Johnson, Edgewood Acad., Sr.
Athlete: Parker Farley, Tuscaloosa Acad., Sr; Jacob Rose, Southern Acad., Sr.; Darius Bennett, Hooper Acad., Sr.
Nine others earn honorable mentions
In a day and age where many student-athletes choose to do their talking with their mouths, Ty Jones was content with letting his play on the football field speak for him in 2012.
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