The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News 2

January 15, 2014

Tanner's Rubio named 2A Lineman of the Year

— Tanner senior Baltazar “Tito” Rubio is the 2A Lineman of the Year, it was announced Wednesday afternoon at the “Mr. Football” banquet at the Alabama Activities Center in Montgomery.

The annual banquet awards the state’s top offensive or defensive lineman and running back or quarterback in each classification.

Rubio beat out Fultondale’s Kadarrius Lawrence and Fyffe’s Trent Thrash for the prestigious award. It was the latest honor for Rubio after winning back-to-back state titles and being selected to the All-State team last month.

Rubio is a two-time All-County selection and was selected as the county’s Defensive Player of the Year by The News Courier earlier this month.

The versatile senior, who also started at offensive tackle, was a mainstay along the Rattlers’ defensive line during the past three years. He disrupted opponents’ blocking schemes, allowing the other Tanner linebackers to make plays.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior finished with 68 tackles, seven sacks and a county-best 26 tackles for a loss.

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.

Oxford’s Racean “Roc” Thomas was named Mr. Football. The three-time first-team all-state performer ran for 2,211 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior despite battling injuries. A five-star prospect rated one of the nation’s top high school running backs, Thomas rushed for 6,169 yards and 82 touchdowns in his career.

Here is a full list of Wednesday’s winners:

Mr. Football: Racean “Roc” Thomas, Oxford

AISA back: Monroe Academy’s Jake McKenzie

AISA lineman: Restoration’s Cortney Wilbanks

1A back: Pickens County’s Jermarcus Brown

1A lineman: R.A. Hubbard’s Eddquerrion Harris

2A back: Mobile Christian’s Tyler Rogers

2A lineman: Tanner’s Baltazar Rubio

3A back: Dale County’s Jamarius Henderson

3A lineman: Leeds’ Tyler Wright

4A back: Calera’s Ronnie Clark

4A lineman: Charles Henderson’s Richard McBryde

5A back: Pinson Valley’s Nick Gibson

5A lineman: Homewood’s Jordan Sims

6A back: Oxford’s Racean Thomas

6A lineman: Auburn’s Rashaan Evans

 

1
Text Only
Local News 2
Poll

A recent national telephone survey found 75 percent of respondents believe the sale and use of pot will eventually be legal nationwide. Do you think marijuana should be legal in Alabama?

Yes
No
No, but I don’t think pot smokers should go to jail
Yes, but only for medical use
Yes, but only for personal adult use
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee