Exavyer Jackson

Piedmont's Exavyer Jackson (35) runs through the team banner to lead the Bulldogs onto the field for their Class 3A quarterfinal playoff game with Madison Academy. Photo courtesy of Trent Penny, The Anniston Star.

It was a banner year on the football field for Piedmont senior defensive lineman Exavyer Jackson.

Jackson posted 114 total tackles (24 for lost yardage), nine sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries for the Bulldogs (11-2). He was honored last Sunday with a spot on Alabama Sportswriters Association Class 3A All-State football team, and now Jackson has another accolade to add to the list.

Jackson is one of three finalists for Class 3A Lineman of the Year. The other two candidates are Madison Academy senior offensive lineman Frank Williams and Leeds junior linebacker Tyler Wright.

Finalists for Linemen and Back of the Year will be honored at a banquet sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association at the Alabama Activities Center in Montgomery on Jan. 15.

Ten 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.

Of the 10, two changed categories from lineman to back as Calera’s Ronnie Clark was up for Class 4A lineman last year, while Dale County’s Jamarius Henderson did the same in Class 3A. Two categories return two finalists each as Homewood’s Jordan Sims and St. Paul’s Tre Williams are back as Class 5A linemen, while Tuscaloosa Academy’s Terrell Bush and Restoration Academy’s Cortney Wilbanks are back as AISA linemen finalists.

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, sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.

Three schools have two finalists each: Southside-Gadsden, with running back Dantley Coker and offensive lineman Tyler Carr; Madison Academy, with running back Malik Miller and offensive lineman Frank Williams; and Monroe Academy, with quarterback Jake McKenzie and offensive lineman Trey Carter.

Finalists in each class are listed below.




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