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December 29, 2012

Tanner's Rich among finalists for ASWA lineman of the year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two past finalists and a previous winner are among the 42 high school football players from around the state named as finalists for back or lineman of the year.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association announced the finalists Friday. The ASWA selects three finalists for each of the awards in the six classifications in the Alabama High School Athletic Association plus teams in the Alabama Independent Schools Association.

Fultondale quarterback ArDarius Stewart is the lone returning winner. He was Class 2A Back of the Year in 2011. Two other finalists from the 2011 season return as Lineman of the Year nominees in their respective classes — McIntosh linebacker Damien Davenport in Class 1A and Dadeville defensive lineman Rod Crayton in Class 4A.

Winners in each class and Mr. Football will be announced Jan. 16 at the ASWA's annual Player of the Year banquet in Montgomery. The event is sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.

Finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Associations' backs and linemen of the year. The winners will be named on Jan. 16 at the player of the year banquet:

CLASS 6A

BACK

Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., QB, 6-6, 219

Racean Thomas, Oxford, Jr., RB, 6-0, 200

Marquez White, Northview, Sr., DB, 6-1, 173

LINEMAN

Reuben Foster, Auburn, Sr., LB, 6-2, 235

Austin Golson, Prattville, Sr., OL, 6-5, 285

Grant Hill, Huntsville, Sr., OL, 6-6, 290

CLASS 5A

BACK

Johnny Cook, Spanish Fort, Sr., DB, 6-0, 185

Tyler Jackson, Muscle Shoals, Sr., RB, 5-10, 150

Joel Poe, Spanish Fort, Sr., QB, 6-1, 200

LINEMAN

Zach Cunningham, Pinson Valley, Sr., LB, 6-4, 200

Jordan Sims, Homewood, Jr., OL, 6-4, 330

Tre Williams, St. Paul's, Jr., LB, 6-2, 220

CLASS 4A

BACK

Jordan Chunn, Madison County, Sr., RB, 6-0, 210.

Toby Pee, Sardis, Sr., RB, 5-11, 180

Alvin Scott, Oneonta, Sr., WR, 6-3, 190

LINEMAN

Blake Bean, Oneonta, Jr., DL, 6-3, 240

Ronnie Clark, Calera, Jr., Ath., 6-3, 210

Rod Crayton, Dadeville, Sr., DL, 6-0, 280

CLASS 3A

BACK

Courtney Foy, Midfield, Sr., Ath., 5-11, 175

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