2007 All-Area Football

Offensive Player of the Year Richard Freelon

OK, here it is, the 2007 Daily Journal All-Area Football first team. If you want to see the second and third teams, look in the Sunday Journal. Please keep in mind that some coaches did not submit nominations, which means some deserving players probably got left off. They had ample time to get that stuff in.

The toughest spot to pick was the second running back. Jeremy Cannon, Jaquise Cook, Ken Davis, Deshaun McGaughy, Michael Poole – all those guys are legit. I just saw in Damien Hughes a rare combination of speed, athleticism and relentless toughness. And the fact that he changed positions midway through the regular season and still piled up more than 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns made his body of work even more spectacular.

HONORS

Offensive Player of the Year: Richard Freelon, Jr., Bruce
Defensive Player of the Year: William Shumpert, Jr., Itawamba AHS
Coach of the Year: Chris Duncan, Aberdeen

OFFENSE

QB Bret Jefcoat, Sr., Itawamba AHS
RB Richard Freelon, Jr., Bruce
RB Damien Hughes, Sr., Corinth
WR Jeremy Jones, Sr., Nettleton
WR William Green, Jr., Shannon
UTL Chad Bumphis, Jr., Tupelo
OL Quartney Cox, Sr., West Point
OL Avis Shelton, Sr., West Point
OL Ethan Flurry, Sr., Itawamba AHS
OL Joshua Toliver, Sr., Shannon
OL Brian Evans, Sr., Oxford
K Phillip Dimino, Sr., West Point

DEFENSE

DL Tanner Roberson, Jr., East Webster
DL William Shumpert, Jr., Itawamba AHS
DL Perez Welch, Jr., Baldwyn
DL Clyde Smith, Sr., Oxford
LB Markell Lee, Jr., Corinth
LB Ahmarus Swinney, Sr., Corinth
LB Luzon Rivers, Sr., Shannon
DB Michael Carr, So., West Point
DB Curtis Lyons, Jr., Bruce
DB James McAuley, Jr., Tupelo
DB Asian Ruff, Jr., Itawamba AHS
P Shane Gordon, Jr., Baldwyn

IRON MEN

WR/DB Rickey Bell, Sr., Aberdeen
WR/DB Arceto Clark, Sr., Shannon
WR/DB Dominique Davenport, Sr., Baldwyn
WR/LB/DL Willie Grady, Sr., Okolona
WR/DB Brandon Lawrence, Jr., Calhoun City
RB/DB Tyler Pritchard, Jr., Tishomingo Co.

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