PREP NOTEBOOK: Journal POY Abraham has Elite 11 experience



By Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Oxford sophomore quarterback Jack Abraham, the Journal’s Offensive Player of the Year, spent last weekend in Los Angeles at the prestigious Elite 11 regional camp.

“It was a great, great experience seeing some of the best quarterbacks around the country,” Abraham said. “It was good working with George Whitfield.”

Whitfield has gained national exposure for his work with such QBs as Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Johnny Manziel.

Abraham’s dad, Michael, had worked out the details and saved the invite as a Christmas surprise.

The event is typically for incoming seniors and featured top prospects Ricky Town (Alabama) and Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett.

“I learned some fundamental things I can work on when I get back to Oxford,” Abraham said.

Abraham threw for 3,572 yards and 38 touchdowns for 5A North champ Oxford. He completed 61 percent of his passes.

Tupelo soccer faces competitive weekend

Tupelo High’s boys and girls soccer teams travel south today looking for some strong competition.

The Golden Wave (7-0-1) and Lady Wave (9-0) play today at Clinton. They’ll play a doubleheader Saturday at Germantown against the host school and Brandon.

“Most of the teams in Jackson are pretty strong,” boys coach Harris Faucette said. “This will be good for us to play some good competition.

“We’ve got some things we need to improve on. We’ll also get the opportunity to see how we adjust to different types of playing styles.”

Tupelo’s teams have given up three goals in a combined 17 matches – girls one, boys two.

MHSAA winter meet scheduled for Monday

The Mississippi High School Activities Association’s District 1 winter meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Itawamba Community College’s Belden Center.

MHSAA executive director Don Hinton and members of his staff are scheduled to attend.

One of the topics discussed will be the expansion of the state basketball tournament for the 2014-15 season. The proposal is scheduled to be voted on at the spring meeting.

The deadline for submitting a bid to host a North Mississippi basketball tournament is Jan. 17. Bids may be faxed to District 1 secretary Larry Williams at 841-2188.

Upshaw, Metcalf attend Army combine

The U.S. Army Combine hosts 500 of the nation’s top players, spots mostly reserved for juniors.

Two area sophomores joined the mix last weekend in San Antonio, Baldwyn athlete Duke Upshaw and Oxford receiver D.K. Metcalf.

Upshaw, his second straight invite, ran his fastest 40-time to date, a hand-timed 4.5.