Main Street Preps/The Connection has selected its 2019 All-Robertson County preseason football team.
East Robertson and Springfield, expected to be the county’s top two teams, swept the main awards. East Robertson’s Taylor Groves earned Preseason Player of the Year honors, and Springfield’s Dustin Wilson was tabbed as Preseason Coach of the Year.
Nominations were submitted by each of the county’s five coaches, and final award decisions were made by the Main Street Preps staff. Look for our postseason All-Robertson County team in December.
Player of the Year – Taylor Groves, East Robertson
Groves is the county’s most highly-recruited player despite being just a sophomore. It’s easy to see why. The 6-foot-3 speedster was East Robertson’s main vertical threat, but thanks to his tremendous athleticism, he has since been moved to quarterback. He finished with 776 receiving yards and caught eight touchdowns last year, prompting offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He should pile up more Power 5 offers with a solid campaign this fall.
Coach of the Year – Dustin Wilson, Springfield
Wilson has reinvigorated a Springfield program that struggled to find its footing for much of the early 2000s. Since his arrival in 2012, the Yellow Jackets have qualified for the postseason five times. That number is likely heading for six if Wilson can work his magic without graduated star Dayron Johnson. Springfield is seeking its fifth straight state quarterfinal appearance.
Athlete of the Year – Kevontez Hudson, Springfield
Hudson was a force at linebacker for the Yellow Jackets last season, but this year, he adds quarterback to his list of responsibilities. The junior could throw defenses for a loop with his left-handed delivery. Hudson is also a threat to make plays with his feet when the pocket collapses. Look for him to have a big year as Springfield tries to compete for the 4A title.
Offensive MVP – Drake Alsup, East Robertson
Once slated to be the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Taylor Groves, Alsup was forced behind center after Cameron Swift was lost for the season to a torn ACL. But Alsup has since moved back to receiver and Groves has taken his place behind center. If Groves and Alsup can connect on a regular basis, East Robertson could have a dynamic offense this season.
Defensive MVP – Mikie Neal, Springfield
Neal is one of the commanders of what could be the best defense in Region 5-4A. He finished with 36 total tackles in 2018 and may surpass that number this year. The two-sport star, who plays baseball in the spring, will team with Kevontez Hudson, Yonel Rodriguez and Christian Trujillo to form a talented linebacking corps for Springfield.
QB – Tristan Leopold, Greenbrier
RB – Kevontay White, Springfield
RB – Jackson Mapes, White House Heritage
WR – Drake Alsup, East Robertson
WR – Cale Jones, Springfield
TE – Corey Lewallen, East Robertson
OL – Daniel Evans, White House Heritage
OL – Rudy Tucker, Jo Byrns
OL – Nate Kendrick, Springfield
OL – Lucas Osborne, East Robertson
OL – Noah Batey, Greenbrier
ATH - Taylor Groves, East Robertson
DL – Austin Stiltner, Springfield
DL – Ben Semore, Greenbrier
DL – Emmanuel Barbee, Jo Byrns
DL – Eli Arnett, White House Heritage
LB – Mikie Neal, Springfield
LB – Maxie Owens, Jo Byrns
LB – Jaden Crouch, East Robertson
LB – Yonel Rodriguez, Springfield
DB – Trenton Tuttle, White House Heritage
DB – Reagan Conquest, Greenbrier
DB – Colin Spivey, White House Heritage
Kicker/Punter – Hunter Ward, White House Heritage
Returner – Parker Deaton, White House Heritage
NAMED TO ALL-SUMNER COUNTY TEAM:
WR – Logan Neufeld, White House
DL – Wyatt Walter, White House