Cedar Bluff senior running back Jeremy Bryant, Cherokee County receiver Damion Chambers, Cedar Bluff lineman Austin Hayes and CCHS lineman Brad Weaver came up short in the final voting last Tuesday (Dec. 13) at Birmingham-Southern College, but each student-athlete was thankful for the opportunity to share the spotlight with other standout football players from around the state.
I have to give credit to God, my family, friends, teammates and coaches whove helped me, said Class 1A back of the Year finalist Bryant. Its their support that puts you in the position to succeed and get an award like this one.
Id like to thank my coaches for teaching me and my parents for giving me the discipline I needed to make it this far, said Class 3A Back of the Year finalist Chambers. Of course, all the glory goes to God.
I had a whole lot of people that Ive played with and whove coached me over the past years that I have to give credit for, said Class 1A Back of the Year finalist Hayes. I want to thank my friends, family and especially God for all the support that Ive received to get to this point.
My coaches, my teammates and my parents all helped me become the player that I am, but its by the grace of God that Im here, said Class 3A Back of the Year finalist Weaver. Id also like to thank [CCHS assistant] coach [James] Blanchard, who really helped me out with my technique as a lineman.
Huffmans Andre Smith made history as the first lineman to be named Mr. Football. The Class 6A Lineman of the Year is considered the nations No. 2 recruiting prospect.
American Christian quarterback Chris Smelley was named 1A Back of the Year, while Autaugaville lineman Brian Motley was selected 1A Lineman of the Year.
Oneontas Anthony Mostella was named 3A Back of the Year, while Colbert Countys Jermarcus Ricks was selected as 3A Lineman of the Year.
Other winners included Southern Choctaws John Pascley (2A back), Southern Choctaws Brandon Anderson (2A Lineman), Alexandrias Chris Evans (4A back), UMS-Wrights Preston Dial (4A Lineman), Homewoods Austin Hubbard (5A Back), Homewoods David Ross (5A Lineman) and Hoovers Cor-nelius Williams (6A Back)