A couple weeks ago we took a look at some of the top stars that will be returning to grace the gridiron once again this season.
Among those were established stars such as Lawrence County’s Garrett Lee, R.A. Hubbard’s DJ Wiggins, East Lawrence’s Juan Lopez and Hatton’s Jaxon Mitchell.
But Lawrence County has so much more talent to offer on the football field. In fact, overall as a county there’s probably more talent than there’s been in recent years.
The great thing about football is while there will always be established stars coming back, each season there’s also a fresh new crop of either underrated players that haven’t gotten the full recognition they deserve yet, or new faces that are waiting their turn to make an impact on the field.
With this list we’re going to take a look at who some of those guys could be.
Cameron Gholston, Lawrence County
The Lawrence County defense had some heavy hitters last season.
Brody Franks and Colton Johnson were co defensive players of the year, Ki Pointer is off to college ball, Jacob Shelton and Lane Fuller were mainstays.
Suffice it to say, there’s going to be a lot of top tier guys to replace.
Among the guys coming back that could take that next step is Cameron Gholston.
Perhaps overshadowed at times, Gholston had a solid sophomore season with flashes of big play potential, including when he took an interception to the house for a score during the Russellville game.
Zach Lemay and Neal Blaxton, East Lawrence
The Eagles return all three players from a talented linebacking corp from last year. Juan Lopez gets a lot of attention, but Lemay and Blaxton are just as important to the Eagles’ success.
The three will lead what should be a loaded defense this fall.
Tyran Murphy, R.A. Hubbard
Hubbard had to replace every single defensive back going into last season including a couple that went on to play college ball.
Among those that stepped up in their absence was Tyran Murphy.
Murphy had a solid sophomore year and with a year of experience under his belt looks to have an even better junior campaign.
Brock Pace, Hatton
I really don’t consider Pace an underrated player, having been a mainstay on the Hornets’ defense for the past two years.
However, despite this, it seems he hasn’t always gotten the attention as others, so be sure to watch out for this important player this fall.
Keyondrick Cobb, R.A. Hubbard
Cobb is one of the top athletes at all of R.A. Hubbard and possess the size and frames to be a matchup nightmare at receiver.
With a more experienced quarterback, Cobb should see more passes come his way this fall.
Zach Terry, East Lawrence
Offensive line traditionally as a whole is just an underratted position.
The o-line was a strength last year for the Eagles, and will most likely be again this year with four returning starters.
Any one of those four could be put here, but we’ll go with Terry, who could be the one to step up as leader of the o-line with senior Dakota Hamilton gone.
Brody Sparks, Lawrence County
Like his predecessor Ty Hutto, Sparks has bided his time until his senior year to take over as starting quarterback.
Sparks has made impact plays elsewhere on the field at receiver and defensive back. Now we’ll see if he can do the same at quarterback.