MONTGOMERY — Daphne running back T.J. Yeldon was named Alabama’s Mr. Football for 2011 on Wednesday, while Red Bay’s Bradley Patterson also earned accolades at the Alabama Sports Writers Association Players of the Year banquet.
Yeldon edged Hueytown quarterback Jameis Winston in voting done by the state’s high school sports writers.
Patterson, meanwhile, was named Class 2A Lineman of the Year for a season in which the senior helped Red Bay to a 10-2 record and a No. 5 ranking.
Patterson garnered 58 points to nudge American Christian’s Kyle Sappington, who had 54 points. Reeltown’s Kemond Gauntt was third with 44 points.
Muscle Shoals defensive lineman Dee Liner finished third in Class 5A Lineman of the Year voting behind winner Chris Rabb of Hueytown and Vigor’s Jamichael Winston.
The luncheon was sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association. The event was held at the Alabama Activity Center.
Patterson said he was surprised by the honor.
“It was shocking,” said Patterson, who had a serious look on his face throughout the ceremony. “I’ve always got a straight face. My teammates did terrific job this year. We were 10-2 and the linebackers and the other defensive linemen did a great job. This is a good way to go out.”
Patterson, who said he hopes to sign with a Mississippi community college to continue his career, said just being invited to the banquet as a finalist “put a smile on my face.”
“There were some great guys down here,” he said. “It was just an honor to be down here.”
Patterson finished with 87 tackles, including 19 for loss and 9 sacks as the Tigers finished 10-2.
Yeldon — a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back — rushed for 2,196 yards in 12 games on 231 carries, for a 9.6 average per carry to go with 31 touchdowns on the season. He broke the 300-yard mark on two occasions in leading the Trojans to the Class 6A No. 1 ranking for much of the season and a 10-2 final record.
Yeldon finished with 187 points. Jameis Winston, the Class 5A Back of the Year, was second with 173 points, while Anniston running back Troymaine Pope, the Class 4A Back of the Year, was third with 116. Fultondale quarterback and Class 2A Back of the Year ArDarius Stewart was fourth with 84 and Thomasville linebacker and Class 4A Lineman of the Year Tyler Hayes was fifth with 79 points.
Information from the Alabama Sports Writers Association was used in this story.
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