It’s safe to say that Tyler Caldwell left his mark on Cullman High’s football program. After all, the senior quarterback has broken more records than any other player in school history.

School passing records. Caldwell owns all of them.

State records. Well, the Bearcats senior has a few of those two.

“That guy is one special football player,” Bearcats coach Mark Britton said during the final weeks of the season. “He’s intelligent and he understands the game. There aren’t many out there like him.”

Britton praised his quarterback after almost every game this season. Based on the numbers Caldwell posted, it’s easy to see why.

Caldwell broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s single-season passing record this year, throwing for 4,132 yards in 14 games. The Bearcats senior also tossed 37 touchdowns and ran for another.

That’s not the only state record Caldwell broke this season. He also set new marks for most completions (42 at Mountain Brook) and attempts (61 at Mountain Brook).

As the most productive prep quarterback in the state, Caldwell has been selected as The Times Offensive Player of the Year.

This isn’t the only accolade Caldwell has received this season. It’s actually one of many.

Earlier this week, Caldwell was named Class 5A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He was also named First-Team All-State by the ASWA — which was released today.

“I’m a lucky guy,” Caldwell said when he heard about being a finalists for Class 5A Back of the Year. “I’ve got a lot of good receivers to get the ball to, and our offensive line has given me ample time to sit back and throw the ball.

“Those guys are a big reason why our offense has been successful.”

During his high school career, Caldwell proved to be a winner.

As a junior, Cullman went 13-1 and advanced to the Class 5A semifinals with Caldwell at quarterback. He threw for over 3,000 yards that season.

This season, Caldwell was even better — breaking the AHSAA state record for most passing yards while helping Cullman go 11-3 and advance to the semifinals for the second straight year.

Caldwell’s career numbers are staggering. In four years of varsity football, the Cullman quarterback has thrown for over 9,000 yards.

“I’ve spent a lot of time working with our receivers,” Caldwell said earlier in the season. “We spend a lot of time working on routes, timing and things like that.

“I probably throw about 1,000 passes every day. That’s a lot of reps.”

The football field isn’t the only place where Caldwell has shined. His academic resume is pretty good, too.

This year, Caldwell made a 34 on his ACT. He’s also got a near-flawless grade-point average.

“He’s a bright kid,” Britton said earlier in the season. “Tyler is a tremendous football player. Players like that don’t come around very often.

‰ Justin Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 257 or by e-mail at jgraves@cullmantimes.com.

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