Four area players finalists for ASWA Back/Lineman of the Year
Sat. December 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | By Staff Report
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