HUNTSVILLE — Growing up a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Tyler Caldwell once dreamed of playing football for Mike Dubose.

Almost a decade later, the former Cullman High quarterback is about to get his wish. Or half of it, at least.

After helping lead the North team to a 14-7 win Friday night over the South in the AHSAA All-Star football game, Caldwell confirmed he has accepted a scholarship to play football for Dubose at Division III Millsaps College.

Dubose was head coach at Alabama from 1997-2000. When he meets up with the former Crimson Tide coach, Caldwell will compete to become the Majors’ starting quarterback in his freshman season.

“I’m glad to get a brand new start,” said Caldwell, who holds the AHSAA record for most career passing yards. “I’ve thrown to a lot of receivers already, and I’ve been told it’s my job to lose.”

Caldwell’s decision ended months of speculation about the future of a quarterback who set numerous records at both Cullman and in the AHSAA record books.

“I’ve gotten a few offers lately, but this just feels right,” said Caldwell, who finished 4-for-10 with a pair of interceptions. “Plus (Cullman teammate) Josh Parker is going to be there, too, so that’s an added bonus.”

In his final prep football game, Caldwell threw for 89 yards on 4-for-10 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions. The former Cullman standout found Speake’s Armadeus Polk on an 11-yard touchdown completion with 8:26 left in the second quarter.

Though his team played in the Wing-T formation, Caldwell — who featured in the spread formation at Cullman — said felt reasonably at home. After a week of two-a-day practices, Caldwell started to build a strong rapport with some of his teammates, especially the receivers.

“It went better than I thought,” he said. “We only had five practices, but I think it went pretty well.”

‰ Michael Cummings can be reached by email at or by phone at 734-2131, ext. 258.

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