All-Area Football: Our top 22 players

FIRST TEAM

Jack Abraham

Sophomore, QB, Oxford

Height: 6-0; Weight: 188

Stats: 3,572 passing yards, 38 TDs, 61 percent completions

The buzz: Abraham set Oxford school records in passing yards and TDs and finished second in the nation among sophomores in passing yardage.

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Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Saltillo's Diamante Pounds rushed for 2,039 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Saltillo’s Diamante Pounds rushed for 2,039 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.

Diamante Pounds

Junior, RB, Saltillo

Height: 5-11; Weight: 215

Stats: 312 carries, 2,039 yards, 20 TDs

The buzz: The Shannon transfer proved one of the toughest backs in the area to tackle, often dragging tacklers with him. Finished fourth in the state in rushing, one of only six with more than 2,000 yards.

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Levarious Varnado

Senior, RB, Calhoun City

Height: 5-11; Weight: 175

Stats: 148 carries, 773 yards, 20 TDs; 31 catches, 565 yards, 7 TDs

The buzz: Varnado’s 27 total TDs led Class 2A, fifth overall in Mississippi.

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Marcus Green

Senior, WR, North Pontotoc

Height: 5-9; Weight: 180

Stats: 52 catches, 922 yards, 12 TDs; 55 carries, 801 yards, 11 TDs

The buzz: Green may be the most explosive player in the area and happily shared his workload with a talented team. Has committed to Louisiana-Monroe.

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Aeris Williams

Senior, RB, West Point

Height: 6-1; Weight: 205

Stats: 279 carries, 2,209 yards, 30 TDs; 14 catches, 240 yards, 3 TDs

The buzz: Williams is a Mississippi State commit, a 4-star back according to 247Sports and runs a 4.50, 40-yard dash.

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Kyoshi Agnew

Senior, LB, Corinth

Height: 5-6; Weight: 175

Stats: 104 tackles, 20 TFLs; 86 carries, 605 yards, 7 TDs

The buzz: One opposing coach said if Agnew was 6-feet tall, the dominating backer would have offers from all over the country.

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Ashton Wedel

Senior, LB, Tupelo

Height: 6-2; Weight: 225

Stats: 140 tackles, 3 INT, 3 TFLs, 1 sack

The buzz: Wedel stood out on a defense that stood out, leading Class 6A with just more than 10 points per game.

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Jamal Braddock

Senior, OL, Ripley

Height: 6-2; Weight: 220

Stats: Class 4A all-state. Graded out at 89 percent

The buzz: Ripley’s most consistent lineman on an offense that rushed for 215 and threw for 179 yards per game.

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Tyler Hood

Senior, RB, Smithville

Height: 5-10; Weight: 165

Stats: 1,908 yards, 23 TDs

The buzz: Hood was a slot receiver as a junior. Coaches saw running back potential and Hood proved them correct. Had 189 yards and 3 TDs in North finals win at St. Aloysius.

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Andrew Lambert

Senior, ATH, Booneville

Height: 5-10; Weight: 170

Stats: 50 carries, 388 yards, 5 TDs; 32 catches, 427 yards, 5 TDs, 4 INT

The buzz: Lambert did it all for the Blue Devils, team-leader in receiving, kick return, third in tackles and had four INTs, despite teams throwing away from him.

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Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Baldwyn running back Duke Upshaw averaged nearly 10 yards per carry.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Baldwyn running back Duke Upshaw averaged nearly 10 yards per carry.

Duke Upshaw

Sophomore, ATH, Baldwyn

Height: 5-11; Weight: 165

Stats: 116 carries, 1,094 yards, 14 TDs; 10 catches, 169 yards, 1 TD

The buzz: Upshaw scored every eight times he touched the football and averaged nearly 10 yards per rush. Also considered one of the top cover corners in the area, he’s in San Antonio this weekend for the U.S Army combine – he also attended as a freshman.

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SECOND TEAM

Jase Stroupe

Junior, QB, Falkner

Stats: 1,496 passing yards, 20 TDs; 1,149 rushing yards, 10 TDs

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Ethan Orr

Senior, OL, Itawamba AHS

The buzz: Mississippi All-Star in MS-AL Game, Class 4A First Team All State

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Jacolbi Heard

Senior, QB, Okolona

Stats: 91 carries, 714 yards, 8 TDs; 1,140 passing yards, 13 TDs

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D.K. Buford

Senior, ATH, Lafayette

Stats: 215 carries, 1,027 yards, 15 TDs;14 catches, 293 yards, 3 TDs

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Levert Jernigan

Senior, WR, Nettleton

Stats: 76 catches, 1,116 yards, 9 TDs

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Quinn Tiggs

Senior, ATH, Tupelo

Stats: 224 carries, 1,472 yards, 14 TDs; 50 catches, 588 yards, 2 TDs

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Chris Brown

Senior, CB, New Albany

Stats: 71 tackles, 2 INT, 2 fumble recoveries, TD

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Denver McQuary

Sophomore, FS, Houston

Stats: 8 INT, 66 tackles, 3 TFL

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Dakota Dailey

Senior, QB, Marshall Academy

Stats: 2,507 passing yards, 1,400 rushing yards, 56 total TDs

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Dustin Carrell

Senior, QB, Mantachie

Stats: 2,001 passing yards, 25 TDs; 44 of 50 PATs

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Kobe Jones

Sophomore, OL, Starkville

The buzz: 6-foot-4, 275-pounder graded at 75 percent. Getting invites to elite OL summer camps