BLITZ Football Player of the Year Nominees

With the 2021 season in the books, we give you our BLITZ Football Player of the Year Nominees. Coaches were asked to nominate their top players (up to 12 MAX per team). In the event a coach did not send nominations, if stats were available, we picked nominees based on that. Next, we will narrow this group down to a small number of finalists, and then vote internally Heisman-style to determine the Player of the Year. (These nominees are not up for public voting)

NOMINEES (Alpha Order)

  • Alex Aaron – Habersham SR DE #25 – 87 TKL, 12.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 FF, 2 QBH, 1 PD, 1 PBU
  • Cade Adams – Dawson Co JR DE #73 – 60 TKL, 14 TFL, 6 Sacks
  • Kadin Bailey – Jefferson SR LB #45 – 62 TKL, 9 TFL, 6 Sacks, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 2 FR, 2 BLK; 216 rush yds, 5 TD, 1 rec TD
  • Carter Barrett – Habersham Central #23 – 61 TKL, 10 TFL
  • Matt Bennett – Dawson Co JR S #4 – 51 TKL, 4 TFL, 3 INT, 1 FR
  • Logan Berry – Dawson Co SR DE #46 – 46 TKL, 7 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 FR
  • Sammy Brown – Jefferson SO RB/LB #1 – 753 rush yds, 11 TD, 13.0 YPC; 127 KR yds, 1 TD; 35 TKL, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FR, 1 TD
  • Simarcus Burney – Habersham SR RB #1 – 669 rush yds, 8 TD
  • Darius Cannon – White JR WR/DB #11 – 785 rec yds, 8 TD; 63 rush yds, 1 TD; 327 K/PR yds, 3 TD; 18 TKL, 1 INT
  • Connor Chastain – Towns Co SO QB #11 – 1,175 pass yds, 11 TD, 76% Completion
  • Keyton Chitwood – Union Co SR WR #9 – 517 rec yds, 9 TD
  • Cam Cooper – Banks Co FR #24 – 45 TKL, 5 TFL
  • Bryson Cronic – White Co SR WR/S #3 – 34 TKL, 2 TFL, 2 INT; 99 rush yds, 5 TD; 325 rec yds, 3 TD
  • Collin Crowder – Towns Co SR WR #12 – 713 rec yds, 9 TD
  • Cesar Cruz – Rabun Co JR DL #66 – 76 TKL, 7.5 TFL, 6 Sacks, 4 FR
  • Armand Cunningham – Stephens Co SR LB #4 – 65 TKL, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 FR, 1 FF; 1 rush TD
  • Bailey Dameron – Dawson Co SR WR #17 – 1,092 rec yds, 7 TD
  • Jaiden Daniels – Commerce FR RB #6 – 1,425 rush yds, 13 TD; 33 rec yds; 15 TKL, 1 INT; 108 KR yds
  • Conley Dyer – Dawson Co SR RB #21 – 666 rush yds, 6 TD
  • Tyson Everett – Stephens Co JR RB #1 – 1,014 rush yds, 7 TD; 46 rec yds
  • Cal Faulkner – Lumpkin Co FR WR #1 – 236 rec yds, 1 TD; 3 rush yds, 1 TD; 44 pass yds
  • Vadole Fleming – Stephens Co SR LB #8 – 66 TKL, 8 TFL, 2 INT, 2 FR
  • Mason Gaddis – Commerce SR OL – All-State OL
  • Jaden Gibson – Rabun Co JR WR #6 – 1,878 rec yds, 19 TD
  • Seth Gillis – Towns Co JR LB #9 – 95 TKL, 12 TFL, 2 Sacks, 6 FF, 6 QBH, 1 Safety
  • Caine Griffith – Banks Co WR #3 – 218 rec yds, 1 TD
  • Turner Grimmett – Rabun Co SR LB #2 – 84 TKL, 5 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 INT (TD); 1 rec TD
  • Kevin Haymond – Dawson Co JR LB #54 – 47 TKL, 14 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 FF
  • Roman Haynes – Banks Co SR RB #48 – 164 rush yds; 67 rec yds, 2 TD; 31 TKL, 4 TFL (missed most of season to injury)
  • Logan Helcher – Union Co SR QB #8 – 2,012 pass yds, 22 TD, 64% Completion; 543 rush yds, 9 TD
  • Cade Herrin – Banks Co SR #10 – 45 TKL; 140 rush yds, 1 TD; 100 rec yds
  • Cole Hill DB – Commerce – 80 TKL
  • Jacob Holbrook – White Co JR LB #22 – 61 TKL, 3 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 FR
  • Zach Holtzclaw – Dawson Co SR QB #10 – 2,149 pass yds, 19 TD; 98 rush yds, 5 TD
  • Braedon Hubbard – Dawson Co SR WR/DB #7
  • Cory Keller – Rabun Co JR LB #8 – 103 TKL, 7 TFL, 1 FR; 175 rec yds, 2 TD; 510 K/PR yds
  • Cam Lacy – Stephens Co JR WR/DB #3 – 1,023 rec yds, 8 TD; 125 rush yds, 3 TD; 373 KR yds, 2 TD; 35 TKL, 4 INT, 136 INT yds, 2 FF
  • Tavion Lawrence – Lumpkin Co JR RB #31 – 147 rec yds, 1 TD; 57 rush yds, 1 TD
  • Dreylan Martin – Commerce SR RB #9 – 824 rush yds, 7 TD; 52 rec yds; 167 KR yds; 16 TKL, 1 INT
  • Quanah Martin – Stephens Co SR DE #83 – 69 TKL, 19 TFL, 6 Sacks, 2 FF
  • Will McCraw – Rabun Co SR OL #61
  • Knox McKinney – Rabun Co SR DL #41 – 87 TKL, 16.5 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR
  • Zion McMullen – White SR LB #1 – 109 TKL, 7 TFL, 1 Sack, 3 FF; 233 rush yds, 2 TD
  • Kade Moledor – Dawson Co JR LB #33 – 104 TKL, 16 TFL, 5 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF
  • AJ Moore – Dawson Co SR LB #45 – 37 TKL, 10 TFL, 8 Sacks, 1 FF
  • Jackson Morris – Commerce – 26 TKL, 3 INT
  • Silas Mulligan – White Co SR RB #6 – 1,075 rush yds, 9 TD; 177 rec yds
  • Tripp Nix – White Co FR QB #15 – 1,317 pass yds, 12 TD; 30 rush yds
  • Kyle Oakes – Towns Co SR RB #2 – 1,648 rush yds, 21 TD, 7.1 YPC, 2 rec TD
  • Baxley O’Brien – Rabun Co SR TE #13 – 619 rec yds, 13 TD
  • Bear Old – Rabun Co SR OL #78
  • Carson Parker – Habersham SO QB #4 – 1,300 pass yds, 7 TD; 310 rush yds, 6 TD
  • Jordan Perry – Jefferson SR LB #43 – 45 TKL, 4 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR; 248 rush yds, 3 TD
  • Austin Redmon – Jefferson SR LB #15 – 102 TKL, 6 TFL, 2 Sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR
  • Corey Richie – Stephens Co JR WR/DB #2 – 475 rec yds, 2 TD; 48 TKL, 2 INT, 99 INT yds, 1 BLK,
  • Bowen Roberts – Banks Co SR QB #2 – 653 pass yds, 6 TD; 186 rush yds, 2 TD
  • Cayleb Rogers – Union Co JR RB #5 – 325 rush yds; 148 rec yds, 2 TD
  • Cooper Scott – Lumpkin JR QB #18 – 1,076 pass yds, 8 TD; 450 rush yds, 6 TD
  • Malachi Shockey – Commerce – 346 rush yds, 2 TD
  • Andrew Shockley – Banks Co JR RB/WR #14 – 432 rush yds, 4 TD; 193 rec yds, 1 TD; 45 TKL, 1 INT
  • Malaki Starks – Jefferson SR QB/DB #24 – 337 rush yds, 7 TD; 156 pass yds; 17 TKL, 1 TFL, 2 PBU, 4 INT
  • Gunner Stockton – Rabun Co SR QB #14 – 4,134 pass yds, 55 TD; 956 rush yds, 15 TD
  • Ben Stowe – Stephens Co JR QB #12 – 1,647 pass yds, 12 TD; 193 rush yds, 8 TD
  • Mason Sullens – Lumpkin Co SO #32 – 243 rush yds, 2 TD; 50 rec yds
  • Ritt Tankersley – Stephens Co JR LB #14 – 69 TKL, 6 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FR; 1 rec TD
  • Caiden Tanner – Union Co SO RB #17 – 153 rush yds, 3 TD; 214 rec yds, 3 TD
  • Chris Thompson – Rabun Co SR DL/OL #77 – 84 TKL, 15 TFL, 7 Sacks
  • Bryson Trimier – Stephens Co SR DB #9 – 145 TKL, 7 TFL, 4 INT, 1 TD, 1 FF; 70 rec yds, 181 K/PR yds
  • Will Turpin – Rabun Co SR LB #24 – 110 TKL, 21 TFL, 6 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF, 2 FR
  • Caleb Wade – Habersham SR WR/DB #7 – 122 TKL, 5.5 TFL, 2 FR, 2 FF; 466 rec yds, 1 TD; 14 rush yds; 39 KR yds
  • Nathan Walker – Stephens Co JR DL #44 – 79 TKL, 15 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 FF
  • Robert Walker – Banks Co SO DE #72 – 33 TKL, 3 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 FF
  • Kevin Walley – Banks Co JR S #28 – 41 TKL, 6 TFL, 2 FF, 1 INT
  • Zeke Whittington – Habersham FR WR #5 – 631 rec yds, 5 TD; 25 rush yds, 1 TD; 401 KR yds; 31 PR yds; 4 TKL
  • Noah Wilson – Habersham SR S #10 – 77 TKL, 5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF, 4 PD, 3 PBU
  • Lang Windham – Rabun Co JR RB #7 – 812 rush yds, 13 TD; 664 rec yds, 9 TD
  • Will Wood – Lumpkin SO RB #22 – 245 rush yds, 3 TD; 117 rec yds, 1 TD
  • Trace Wright – Union Co SR DB/WR #2 – leading tackler; 175 rec yds, 2 TD
  • Griff Young – Union Co JR WR #6 – 518 rec yds, 5 TD; 30 KR yds
  • Malachi Zellars – White Co SR OL/DL #31 – 52 TKL, 5 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 FR

Several Honorable Mentions since we capped it at 12 per team. Notables include Dylan Ryoul (Jefferson), Tre Reese (Jefferson), Hunter Moore (Rabun), Willie Goodwyn (Rabun), Hogan Woodard (Rabun), & others.

WHO’S THE BEST FROM EACH TEAM? YOUR FINALISTS WILL BE AMONG THESE PLAYERS….

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