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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

ASWA Back of the Year

The Alabama Sports Writers Association selects a Football Back of the Year in conjunction with the announcement of the All-State Team. The award was first presented in 1998.

 Class   Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
1A  Brandon Greer  Westbrook Christian WR6-2 190Sr.Alabama
2A  Dewayne White  Marbury RB6-3 225Sr.
3A  Jerome Byrd  Springville RB6-0 180Sr.
4A  Michael Owens  Deshler RB5-11 210Sr.Auburn
5A  Deandre Green  Blount WR6-2 205Sr.Auburn
6A  Dwone Hicks  Lee Huntsville RB5-11 217Sr.Middle Tennessee
AISA  Matt Davis  Grove Hill Academy RB5-8 160Sr.
1A  Brodie Croyle  Westbrook Christian QB6-4 200Jr.Alabama
2A  Lucas McMichen  Sand Rock QB6-3 225Sr.West Georgia
3A  Cory Whisenant  Springville RB6-2 190Sr.UAB
4A  Justin Williams  Tallassee RB5-8 170Sr.
5A  Carnell Williams  Etowah RB6-0 195Jr.Auburn
6A  Bill Flowers Jr.  Pelham WR6-1 178Sr.Ole Miss
AISA  Brett Holliman  Morgan Academy RB5-11 178Sr.
1A  Josh Russell  Sumiton Christian QB6-0 190Sr.
2A  Marc Anthony Coleman  Leroy LB6-1 190Sr.West Alabama
3A  Kendal Gibson  Aliceville RB6-0 235Sr.Alabama A&M
4A  Freddie Roach  Brooks LB6-3 235Sr.Alabama
5A  Carnell Williams  Etowah RB6-0 195Sr.Auburn
6A  Ramon Nelson  Theodore QB5-11 180Sr.Samford
AISA  Todd Bradford  Morgan Academy WR6-3 180Sr.
1A  Nick Threlkeld  Hubbertville WR6-7 225Sr.
2A  Norris Drinkard  Houston County RB6-0 175Sr.
3A  Chauncey Malone  West Morgan ATH6-1 185Sr.Bacon College
4A  Rayvon Howard  T.R. Miller RB5-9 190Sr.Carson-Newman
5A  Jason Allen  Muscle Shoals RB6-2 198Sr.Tennessee
6A  Brandon Cox  Hewitt-Trussville QB6-3 190Sr.Auburn
1A  Josh Moten  Cedar Bluff WR5-10 175Sr.Jacksonville State
2A  D.J. Chambers  Highland Home ATH6-0 180Sr.Alabama
3A  Anthony Ash  Litchfield RB5-9 180Sr.Tennessee Tech
4A  Tyrone Prothro  Cleburne County RB5-9 175Sr.Alabama
5A  JaMarcus Russell  Williamson QB6-6 220Sr.LSU
6A  Chad Jackson  Hoover WR6-2 200Sr.Florida
AISA  Scott NeSmith  Edgewood Academy WR6-0 170Sr.
1A  Tony Dixon  Parrish RB5-9 203Sr.Kentucky
2A  Ezekial Knight  Randolph County WR6-4 215Sr.Alabama
3A  Chris Nickson  Pike County QB6-1 190Sr.Vanderbilt
4A  Aaron Johns  Thomasville RB5-9 187Sr.Alabama
5A  Simeon Castille  Briarwood Christian DB6-0 192Sr.Alabama
6A  John Parker Wilson  Hoover QB6-1 180Sr.Alabama
AISA  Ryne Rials  South Montgomery Academy QB6-4 187Sr.Faulkner
1A  Tylor Harrison  Valley Head RB6-1 165Jr.
2A  Timothy Hicks  Washington County RB5-9 190Sr.North Alabama
3A  Drake Hall  Winfield RB5-8 180Sr.
4A  Tommy Trott  Trinity WR6-5 240Sr.Auburn
5A  Desmond Jennings  Pinson Valley ATH6-2 180Sr.Alabama
6A  Jarod Bryant  Hoover QB5-11 185Sr.Navy
AISA  Reggie Jones  Bessemer Academy RB5-10 173Sr.
1A  Chris Smelley  American Christian QB6-3 213Sr.South Carolina
2A  John Pascley  Southern Choctaw RB5-9 185Sr.Tuskegee
3A  Anthony Mostella  Oneonta RB5-10 175Sr.Birmingham Southern
4A  Chris Evans  Alexandria RB6-2 195Sr.Samford
5A  Austin Hubbard  Homewood QB6-1 190Sr.Auburn (Baseball)
6A  Cornelius Williams  Hoover WR6-1 185Sr.Troy
AISA  Wallace Drury  Southern Academy RB6-2 195Sr.Shelton State (Baseball)
1A  Terrance Wilkes  Wadley RB5-10 180Sr.None
2A  Stanley Jones  Houston Academy RB6-1 180Sr.Troy
3A  Zach Smith  Susan Moore QB6-1 185Sr.Mississippi State
4A  Jake Overstreet  Thomasville QB6-1 205Sr.South Alabama (Baseball)
5A  Rob Ezell  Athens QB6-1 185Sr.Alabama
6A  Larry Smith  Prattville QB6-3 195Sr.Vanderbilt
AISA  Walter Arrington  Bessemer Academy RB5-8 175Sr.Birmingham Southern
1A  Anthony Landrum  Sweet Water RB6-1 200Sr.Tuskegee
2A  Clint Moseley  Leroy QB6-3 195Jr.Auburn
3A  Jeremy Yates  Colbert Heights QB6-1 180Sr.NE Miss. Junior College
4A  Jeremy Williams  Central Tuscaloosa QB6-0 200Sr.Tuskegee
5A  Barrett Trotter  Briarwood Christian QB6-2 195Sr.Auburn
6A  Julio Jones  Foley WR6-4 210Sr.Alabama
AISA  Brandon Heavens  Bessemer Academy RB5-10 170Jr.
1A  Demont Buice  Gaston RB6-2 215Jr.
2A  Clint Moseley  Leroy QB6-3 192Sr.Auburn
3A  Tim Simon  Cordova RB6-1 210Sr.Ole Miss
4A  Nolen Smith  Oneonta WR6-4 185Sr.UAB
5A  Tyler Caldwell  Cullman QB6-2 210Sr.
6A  Dre Kirkpatrick  Gadsden City DB6-3 190Sr.Alabama
AISA  Garrett Pinciotti  Bessemer Academy QB6-2 175Sr.
1A  Kendarius Fritts  Linden RB5-11 185Jr.Alabama A&M
3A  Ryan Smith  Cordova RB6-2 200Sr.Auburn
4A  Coty Blanchard  Cherokee County QB6-0 180Sr.Jacksonville State
5A  DaMarcus James  Demopolis RB5-11 200Jr.Jacksonville State
6A  Nick Perry  Prattville DB6-2 195Sr.Alabama
AISA  Jeremiah Tullidge  Tuscaloosa Academy QB6-0 180Sr.
1A  Kendarius Fritts  Linden RB5-11 194Sr.Alabama A&M
2A  Sammie Coates  Leroy WR6-4 190Sr.Auburn
3A  Jonathan Rose  Leeds DB6-2 185Sr.Auburn
4A  Kyle Caldwell  Dadeville QB5-8 150Sr.
5A  Brent Calloway  Russellville RB6-1 210Sr.Alabama
6A  Jamal Golden  Wetumpka QB6-0 180Sr.Georgia Tech
AISA  Mark Lear  Clarke Prep RB6-1 215Sr.
1A  DeMarko Hall  Pickens County
2A  ArDarius Stewart  Fultondale Jr.Alabama
3A  Diamond Simmons  Hanceville
4A  Troymaine Pope  Anniston Jacksonville State
5A  Jameis Winston  Hueytown QB6-4 200Sr.Florida State
6A  T.J. Yeldon  Daphne RB6-2 210Sr.Alabama
AISA  Sam Coleman  Edgewood Academy
1A  Rodney Camp  Phillips Bear Creek
2A  ArDarius Stewart  Fultondale Alabama
3A  Courtney Foy  Midfield
4A  Jordan Chunn  Madison County Troy
5A  Johnny Cook  Spanish Fort Alabama
6A  Jeremy Johnson  Carver Montgomery QB Auburn
1A  Pickens County RB5-11 175Sr.
2A  Tyler Rogers  Mobile Christian RB
3A  Jamarius Henderson  Dale County
4A  Ronnie Clark  Calera QB6-3 218Sr.Alabama
5A  Nick Gibson  Pinson Valley RB5-11 195Jr.
6A  Racean Thomas  Oxford RB6-0 200Sr.Auburn
AISA  Jake McKenzie  Monroe Academy
 Tyler Crumpton  Phillips Bear Creek Auburn
 Ty Pigrome  Clay-Chalkville
 Troy Dixon  UMS-Wright
 Kerryon Johnson  Madison Academy Sr.Auburn
 Josh Crawford  Edgewood Academy
 Grey Jackson  Fairhope Sr.
 Brandon Baynes  Tallassee
 Austin Stiefel  Fyffe
1A  Terence Dunlap  Maplesville
2A  Chadarius Townsend  Tanner
3A  Taylor Hayes  Piedmont
4A  Kaleb Barker  Priceville
5A  Jordan Bentley  Guntersville RB6-0 200Alabama A&M
6A  Tyler Johnston  Spanish Fort
7A  LaMical Perine  Theodore
AISA  Nathan Rourke  Edgewood Academy
1A  Terence Dunlap  Maplesville RB Sr.
2A  JaTarvious Whitlow  LaFayette QB Sr.
3A  Taylor Hayes  Piedmont QB Sr.
4A  Reed Blankenship  West Limestone ATH Sr.
5A  LaDamian Webb  Beauregard RB Jr.
6A  Kadarius Toney  Blount QB Sr.
7A  Henry Ruggs III  Lee Montgomery WR Sr.Alabama
AISA  Malik Lyons  hambers Academy QB Sr.

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.