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.
2013 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