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.

PRESEASON SUPERLATIVES:

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.

OFFENSE:

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

DEFENSE:

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

SPECIAL TEAMS:

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

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