This yr’s Alabama Sports Writers Association Super All-State football staff was dominated by working backs and defensive players.
Four working backs made the squad, which is comprised of the 12 greatest players in Alabama throughout the 2022 season no matter classification or place. Four players have been both defensive linemen or linebackers.
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The group was led by Mr. Football Ryan Williams of Saraland and Class 7A Lineman of the Year Peter Woods of Thompson.
Here is a take a look at the top 12 players in the state for the 2022 season as voted on by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
It is comprised of 8 seniors, 3 juniors and Williams, a sophomore.
Cole Blaylock, RB, UMS-Wright
The skinny: Blaylock was named Class 5A Back of the Year on Thursday. The South Alabama signee helped lead UMS to a 12-1 season and a state quarterfinal look. He rushed for 2,029 yards and 27 touchdowns on 269 carries – a mean of 156 yards on the floor per sport. He additionally caught 17 passes for 223 yards and three TDs.
Hunter Osborne, DT, Hewitt-Trussville
The skinny: The Alabama signee was a finalist for Class 7A Lineman of the Year. He completed with 52 tackles, together with 7 for a loss, and a pair of.5 sacks for the Huskies and represented his faculty in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
Jaquavious Russaw, LB, Carver-Montgomery
The skinny: Russaw completed with 80 tackles, together with 15 for a loss, and 5 sacks for the Wolverines. He and teammate James Smith signed with Alabama on National Signing Day. Russaw was a Class 6A Lineman of the Year finalist.
Bradyn Joiner, OL, Auburn
The skinny: The Auburn University signee was a Class 7A Lineman of the Year finalist. He additionally performed in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. He graded out at 93 p.c as a senior with 84 pancake blocks for Keith Etheredge’s staff.
Kelby Collins, DL, Gardendale
The skinny: A Florida signee and early enrollee, Collins was named Class 6A Lineman of the Year. He helped the Rockets to the 6A quarterfinals this yr, ending the season with 101 tackles, together with 20.5 for a loss, and 12 sacks. He was an Alabama-Mississippi All Star.
Jacob Cornejo, RB, Cherokee County
The skinny: A finalist for 4A Back of the Year, Cornejo powered Cherokee County all the approach to the championship sport. He completed with 2,580 yards and 33 touchdowns for the Warriors on 287 carries. He rushed for 87 yards and a TD on 18 carries in the title sport loss to Andalusia.
Cole Gamble, RB, Mountain Brook
The skinny: Gamble ran 268 occasions for 2,222 yards with 39 TDs and caught 10 passes for 123 yards in serving to the Spartans to a 12-2 document and Class 6A championship sport. He was chosen a Class 6A Back of the Year finalist.
Fluff Bothwell, RB, Oneonta
The skinny: The Class 4A Back of the Year led the Redskins to an 11-2 season and an look in the Class 4A semifinals. He completed the season with 3,112 yards dashing and 41 touchdowns on 256 carries. He additionally caught 22 passes for 314 yards and a pair of scores and returned a punt for a landing. On protection, Bothwell made 66 tackles, together with 19 for a loss, and had 5 sacks.
Earl Woods, QB, Hueytown
The skinny: The Jacksonville State signee was a Class 6A Back of the Year finalist this season after profitable the award as a junior. He is one among solely two players to repeat as members of the Super All-State Team. As a senior, Woods rushed for 1,527 yards and 22 TDs on 175 carries and handed for 1,825 yards and 24 scores. He completed his senior season with 3,352 yards of complete offense.
Jack Hayes, QB, Piedmont
The skinny: The two-time Class 3A Back of the Year as soon as once more led Piedmont to the championship sport this season. As a senior, he completed with 1,592 dashing yards (7.3 per carry) and 23 touchdowns. He accomplished 227 of 373 passes for 3,267 yards and 37 touchdowns. Jack finishes the football portion of his highschool profession holding AHSAA data for passing yards, complete yards, landing passes and complete touchdowns. He joined Earl Woods as the solely repeat Super All-State participant.
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Peter Woods, DL, Thompson
The skinny: The Clemson signee was named 7A Lineman of the Year. Woods was a part of 4 straight Thompson Class 7A championship groups. This season, he completed with 83 tackles, together with 21 for a loss, to go together with 8 sacks and 14 QB hurries. He additionally recovered a pair of fumbles. Peter was MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic after he totaled 8 tackles, 2 sacks and seven tackles for a loss.
Ryan Williams, WR, Saraland
The skinny: Williams grew to become the first sophomore and simply the second non-senior to be named the State’s Mr. Football. The Alabama commit was additionally the Class 6A Back of the Year. He caught 88 passes for 1,641 yards and 24 touchdowns throughout Saraland’s 14-1 season. Williams additionally rushed 57 occasions for 700 yards and 15 TDs, threw a landing go and scored on a pair of punt returns for a complete of 42 TDs. He scored 4 first-half TDs in Saraland’s state title win over Mountain Brook and was named the sport’s MVP.
ASWA 2022 FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
LINEMEN OF THE YEAR
7A: Peter Woods, Thompson
6A: Kelby Collins, Gardendale
5A: Zion Grady, Charles Henderson
4A: Ryqueze McElderry, Anniston
3A: Sterling Dixon, Mobile Christian
2A: Keldric Faulk, Highland Home
1A: Bryston Dixon, Leroy
AISA: Jack Gibson, Patrician
BACKS OF THE YEAR
7A: Peyton Floyd, Hewitt-Trussville
6A: Ryan Williams, Saraland
5A: Cole Blaylock, UMS-Wright
4A: Fluff Bothwell, Oneonta
3A: Jack Hayes, Piedmont
2A: Kamore Harris, BB Comer
1A: Alvin Henderson, Elba
AISA: George Meyers, Lee-Scott
COACHES OF THE YEAR
(Originally named Dec. 18)
7A: Zach Golson, Mary Montgomery
6A: Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook
5A: Lee Ozmint, Arab
4A: Trent Taylor, Andalusia
3A: Jimmy Perry, St. James
2A: Adam Fossett, BB Comer
1A: Mark O’Bryant, Coosa Christian
AISA: Buster Daniel, Lee-Scott