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Ruggs, three JD players among Alabama All-Stars






Robert E. Lee wide receiver Henry Ruggs headlines a large contingent of players from the River Region that will play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in December. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

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(October 3, 2016)

The River Region will be well represented when the Alabama All-Stars take the field against Mississippi in December.

The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association announced the team on Tuesday. Director Alvin Briggs named the team that will play in the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 10 at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.

The local players are led by all-state receiver Henry Ruggs, III of Robert E. Lee headline a solid group. He will be joined by three players from Jeff Davis, including offensive lineman Preston Mixon, defensive back Zyon Gilbert and defensive end Alec Jackson.

Offensive lineman Brian Anderson of Montgomery Catholic was chosen along with linebacker Sterling Jones of St. James and kicker/punter Jake Lane of Park Crossing.

Tight end Zech Byrd of Stanhope Elmore was also selected.

In all, 17 players already committed to Division I-A schools are among the players have been selected to the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi.

The game was played in Mississippi for the first time in the series last year. The hosts won 28-21 on the Southern Miss campus in Hattiesburg. That win by Mississippi snapped a seven-game winning streak by Alabama, which now holds a 21-8 edge in the series.

“We hope the 40-man Alabama roster selected for this year’s game will bring the Alabama-Mississippi Game Championship Trophy back (to Alabama),” Briggs said.

UMS-Wright Coach Terry Curtis, who is serving as the head coach for Alabama.

“The selection committee has worked extremely hard to trim down the strong list of nominations to the 40 selected. It is a difficult task for sure, and we thank the committee for its dedication," Briggs said.

“We are excited about returning to Cramton Bowl. This will provide another opportunity for the AHSAA and City of Montgomery to work together to produce an exciting event for local fans as well as our friends from Mississippi and the vast TV and Radio audience that tunes in via Raycom Media’s Alabama-Mississippi TV Network and the AHSAA Radio Network.”

Of the 17 players picked that are already committed, five have selected defending National Champion Alabama: running back Brian Robinson of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa; offensive linemen Hunter Brannon of Cullman and Kendall Randolph of Bob Jones; defensive back Chadarius Townsend of Tanner; and linebacker Markail Benton of Central-Phenix City. Auburn has commitments from two, defensive backs Malcolm Askew of McAdory and Jordyn Peters of Muscle Shoals.

Three other SEC schools (Arkansas, Florida and LSU) have commitments from players on the roster while Southern Cal, North Carolina, Michigan, Duke, Purdue and UAB have at least one each.

Committed to LSU are defensive lineman Justin Thomas and McGill-Toolen defensive back John Young III. Arkansas has a commitment from quarterback Daulton Hyatt of Etowah, and tight end Zech Byrd of Stanhope Elmore has announced plans to sign with Florida.

Curtis’ Alabama All-Star coaching staff includes Caleb Ross of McGill-Toolen, Ben Blackmon of Spanish Fort, Kelvis White of Mae Jemison, Keith Etheredge of Pell City, Steve Smith of Piedmont, Ed Rigby of Elba and Richie Busby of Fultondale.

The game will be televised live over the Raycom Network of stations in Mississippi and Alabama. The contest will also be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network.

2016 ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME
Dec. 10, 12 p.m. — Cramton Bowl

2016 ALABAMA FOOTBALL ALL-STAR ROSTER
River Region players in bold


Player School Pos. Ht. Wt.

Daulton Hyatt Etowah QB 6-4 190
Leslie (Bubba) Thompson McGill-Toolen QB 6-2 180
Jaxton Carson Central-Phenix City RB 5-11 210
Terence Dunlap Maplesville RB 6-0 178
Brian Robinson Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa RB 6-1 215
Logan Arnold Hazel Green TE/HB 6-4 225
Zech Byrd Stanhope Elmore TE/HB 6-6 240
Nico Collins Clay-Chalkville WR 6-5 210
Noah Igbinoghene Hewitt-Trussville WR 6-0 192
Henry Ruggs, III RE Lee WR 6-0 173
Marlon Williams McGill-Toolen TE/WR 6-1 205
Kadarius Toney Blount ATH 6-0 180
Brian Anderson Montgomery Catholic OL 6-3 285
Skylar Boyd James Clemens OL 6-5 280
Hunter Brannon Cullman OL 6-4 295
Rakavius Chambers Opelika OL 6-3 300
Mason Langley Piedmont OL 6-3 305
Clayton McConnell Foley OL 6-3 270
Preston Mixon Jeff Davis OL 6-4 296
Kendall Randolph Bob Jones OL 6-5 306
Malcom Askew McAdory DB 6-0 180
Zyon Gilbert Jeff Davis DB 6-1 172
Marcus Jones Enterprise DB 5-9 170
Jordyn Peters Muscle Shoals DB 6-3 190
Chadarius Townsend Tanner DB 6-0 190
J’marick Woods Florence DB 6-4 205
John Young III McGill-Toolen DB 6-1 175
Neil Farrell Murphy DL 6-4 290
Alec Jackson Jeff Davis DL 6-5 274
Ryan Johnson St. Paul’s Episcopal DL 6-3 246
Labryan Ray James Clemens DL 6-4 260
Christian Smith Hewitt-Trussville DL 6-2 298
Justin Thomas Spanish Fort DL 6-5 250
Kenney Britt Oxford LB 6-1 225
Thomas Johnston Spanish Fort LB 6-2 220
Sterling Jones St. James LB 6-1 225
Markail Benton Central-Phenix City LB 6-3 235
Kholbe Coleman Hoover LB 6-0 205
Will Ignont Buckhorn OLB 6-2 230
Jake Lane Park Crossing K/P 6-1 165

COACHING STAFF
Terry Curtis, UMS-Wright (Head Coach); Caleb Ross, McGill-Toolen; Ben Blackmon,
Spanish Fort; Kelvis White, Mae Jemison; Keith Etheredge, Pell City; Steve Smith,
Piedmont; Ed Rigby, Elba.

 


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