Meet the ASWA’s top 12 Alabama HS football players for the 2022 season

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.

UMS-Wright working again Cole Blaylock carries the ball towards St. Paul’s in the first half of a prep football sport Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell |

Cole Blaylock, RB, UMS-Wright

Class: senior

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.

Alabama All-Star football practice

Hunter Osborne, Hewitt-Trussville, DL (Alabama) practices for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell |

Hunter Osborne, DT, Hewitt-Trussville

Class: senior

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.

College Signing Day - James Smith & Qua Russaw

Carver LB Qua Russaw was a finalist for Class 6A Lineman of the Year. He signed with Alabama. (Marvin Gentry |

Jaquavious Russaw, LB, Carver-Montgomery

Class: senior

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.

High School Football: Hoover vs. Auburn

Auburn’s offensive lineman Bradyn Joiner (75) throughout the AHSAA Kickoff football sport at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., Friday August 19, 2022. (Marvin Gentry |

Bradyn Joiner, OL, Auburn

Class: senior

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.

Gardendale vs.  Parker football

Gardendale’s Kelby Collins celebrates after sacking Parker’s Tyson Allen in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Mark Almond |

Kelby Collins, DL, Gardendale

Class: senior

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.

Super 7: Class 4A Championship

Cherokee County’s Jacob Cornejo carries the ball towards Andalusia throughout the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A championship at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Mark Almond |

Jacob Cornejo, RB, Cherokee County

Class: junior

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.


Mountain Brook’s Cole Gamble breaks free towards Saraland throughout the AHSAA Super 7 Class 6A championship at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Mark Almond |

Cole Gamble, RB, Mountain Brook

Class: junior

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.

Oneonta at Fultondal Football

Oneonta’s Fluff Bothwell (24) throughout a sport at Tarrant High faculty in Tarrant, Ala., Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. (Marvin Gentry |

Fluff Bothwell, RB, Oneonta

Class: junior

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.

Hueytown at Theodore football

Theodore defensive again Jamarion Hosea-Williams dives for Hueytown quarterback Earl Woods in the second half of a prep football playoff sport Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Theodore, Ala. (Mike Kittrell |

Earl Woods, QB, Hueytown

Class: senior

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.

AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game

North’s Jack Hayes, Piedmont, QB, scrambles towards the South in the first half of the AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game on Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell |

Jack Hayes, QB, Piedmont

Class: senior

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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Alabama Mississippi All-Star Game

Alabama’s Peter Woods of Thompson High School tackles Mississippi’s Jeleel Fleming of Vicksburg High School for a lack of yardage throughout the Alabama Mississippi All-Star Game, Saturday, December 10, 2022, in Mobile, Ala. (Scott Donaldson | Donaldson/

Peter Woods, DL, Thompson

Class: senior

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.

Mr Football Awards

Mr. Football Ryan Williams of Saraland at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (Marvin Gentry |

Ryan Williams, WR, Saraland

Class: sophomore

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.

Mobile Christian-Houston Academy football

Houston Academy quarterback Kadyn Mitchell is sacked by Mobile Christian’s Sterling Dixon throughout the first quarter of an AHSAA Class 3A first spherical playoff sport at Northcutt Field on Friday evening. (Jay Hare | Dothan Eagle)



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

Hewitt-Trussville at Hoover Football

Hewitt-Trussville’s Peyton Floyd (7) appears to be like handy the ball off throughout the second spherical of the AHSAA 7a football playoffs at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala., Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Marvin Gentry |


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

Mary G. Montgomery vs. Daphne Football

Mary Montgomery head coach Zach Golson questions a name by the official throughout a prep football sport, Friday, October 14, 2022, in Semmes, Ala. (Scott Donaldson | Donaldson/


(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

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