Four area players finalists for ASWA Back/Lineman of the Year

BIRMINGHAM | The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s annual Player of the Year banquet will have a familiar look next month as 10 of the 42 finalists for Back or Lineman of the Year are returnees from the 2012 season.

At its All-State meeting earlier this month, the ASWA selected three finalists in each category in each of the six classes in the Alabama High School Athletic Association and one from the Alabama Independent Schools Association.

Four players from the West Alabama area were named finalists: Keith Holcombe (Hillcrest, Class 6A lineman), Jermarcus Brown (Pickens County, Class 1A back), Terrance ‘Tank’ Hollingsworth (Berry, Class 1A back) and Terrell Bush (Tuscaloosa Academy, AISA back).

Holcombe had 90 solo tackles and 38 assists, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception to help Hillcrest make the Class 6A playoffs. He was a first-team All-State selection and is an Alabama commitment.

Brown set an AHSAA record with 51 touchdowns to help Pickens County go 15-0 and win its first football state championship. He finished the season with 2,730 yards and 38 touchdowns and was a first-team All-State selection.

Hollingsworth finished his career as the AHSAA leader in all-purpose yards (13,490) and total offense (11,788) and ranks second in rushing (9,819). He rushed for 2,125 yards and threw for 503 with five touchdown passes this season and is a first-team All-State selection and an Arkansas commitment.

Bush, played both ways for Tuscaloosa Academy, an offensive and defensive lineman. He was a member of the Knights’ 2012 championship season.

Winners in each class — as well as the ASWA’s annual Mr. Football award and Super 12 team — will be announced on Jan. 15 at the Alabama Activities Center in Montgomery at the annual banquet.

ASWA Back/Lineman of the Year finalists



Kendrick Doss, Florence, QB, Sr., 6-2, 225

Keith Mixon, Shades Valley, Ath., Jr. 5-9, 172

*Racean Thomas, Oxford, RB, Sr., 6-0, 200


Rashaan Evans, Auburn, DL, Sr., 6-2, 215

Shaun Hamilton, Carver-Montgomery, LB, Sr., 6-2, 219

Keith Holcombe, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, LB, Sr., 6-3, 215




Dantley Coker, Southside-Gadsden, RB, Sr., 6-2, 215

Nick Gibson, Pinson Valley, RB, Jr., 5-11, 195

Tyler Johnson, Spanish Fort, QB, So., 6-1, 190


Tyler Carr, Southside-Gadsden, OL, Jr., 6-5, 310

*Jordan Sims, Homewood, OL, Sr., 6-4, 330

*Tre Williams, St. Paul’s, LB, Sr., 6-3, 230




*Ronnie Clark, Calera, Ath., Sr., 6-3, 218

Troy Dixon, UMS-Wright, RB, Jr., 5-9, 176

C.J. Tolbert, Dadeville, QB, Sr., 5-9, 180


*Blake Bean, Oneonta, DL, Sr., 6-3, 260

Richard McBryde, Charles Henderson, LB, Jr., 6-2, 215

A.J. Smoot, Dora, DL, Jr., 6-2, 230




Ryan Carpenter, Colbert Co., RB, Sr., 5-9, 190

*Jamarius Henderson, Dale Co., RB, Jr., 5-10, 207

Malik Miller, Madison Acad., RB, So., 6-0, 220


Exavyer Jackson, Piedmont, DL, Sr., 6-2, 205

Frank Williams, Madison Acad., OL, Sr., 6-2, 265

Tyler Wright, Leeds, LB, Jr., 5-9, 220




Jakoby Aldridge, Sweet Water, RB, Sr., 5-6, 165

Marlon Bridges, Lanett, Ath., Jr., 6-1, 180

*Tyler Rogers, Mobile Chr., RB, Sr., 5-11, 195


Kadarrius Lawrence, Fultondale, OL, Sr., 6-0, 296

Baltazar Rubio, Tanner, DL, Sr., 6-1, 220

Trent Thrash, Fyffe, LB, Sr. 5-10, 198




Jermarcus Brown, Pickens Co., RB, Sr., 5-11, 175

Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry, RB, Sr., 5-9, 210

Brody Meeks, Lynn, Ath., Sr., 5-11, 180


Eddquerron Harris, R.A. Hubbard, DL, Sr., 6-0, 250

Jatevin Horn, Marengo, LB, Sr., 5-9, 185

Ben Mills, Coosa Chr., DL, Jr., 5-11, 195




Josh Crawford, Edgewood Acad., Ath., Jr., 5-10, 210

Jake McKenzie, Monroe Acad., QB, Sr., 6-0, 190

*Jarrette Pope, Clarke Prep, RB, Sr., 6-2, 220


*Terrell Bush, Tuscaloosa Acad., DL, Sr. 6-3, 305

Trey Carter, OL, Monroe Acad., OL, So., 6-0, 205

*Cortney Wilbanks, Restoration Acad., LB, Sr., 6-1, 230


*Returning finalist from 2012