MONTGOMERY, AL - The Montgomery Quarterback Club has announced its 2009 river region award winners.
Mike Smith from Tallassee High School has been named the Public School Player of the Year. Jordan Creel from Alabama Christian Academy and Jack Poundstone from Trinity Presbyterian School have been name co-winners of the Private School Player of the Year award. Levi Brown from Troy University has been named College Player of the Year and Carver head coach Al Pogue has been named the winner of the Dr. Jim Maloy Coach of the Year award. All awards will be presented at the Club's Annual Awards Banquet on February 9. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will be the featured speaker.
Mike Smith rushed for 1592 yards and 17 touchdowns during the 2009 season. He averaged 16.8 yards per punt return, 23.7 yards per kickoff return, and 144.8 rushing yards per game. On defense, Smith recorded 37 tackles and 2 interceptions.
During Mike's junior season, he rushed for 1611 yards and during his sophomore season he rushed for 1176 yards. Mike finished his Tallassee career with 4,379 yards rushing and 47 touchdowns. Mike has committed to play for Troy University next season.
Jordan Creel rushed for 1121 and 18 touchdowns this season. During his career at Alabama Christian he rushed for 3421 yards and 35 touchdowns, both school records. Jordan was a two-way starter in 2009, and recorded 45 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and 8 interceptions as a defensive back.
Jordan was selected in 2009 and 2007 for the Club's Player of the Week award. He is the first Alabama Christian player to win the award. Jordan also plays baseball at Alabama Christian where he has been an all-state selection the past two seasons.
During the 2007 season, Jordan was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Rising Above the Ashes" after he played a game against Daleville High School two days after his mother's tragic death in a house fire. In that game, Jordan rushed for 224 yards and had 11 tackles in ACA's upset over Daleville.
Jack Poundstone passed for 3,026 yards and 28 touchdowns during the 2009 season. He also rushed for 623 yards and 7 touchdowns. His passing yardage of 3,026 was the fourth highest total in the AHSAA this season.
During Jack's junior season, he set a Montgomery passing record with 492 yards against Cordova. In that game he also set an AHSAA record with 614 yards of total offense. Jack passed for a total of 4,992 yards and 45 touchdowns in his two years as the Trinity starter.
Jack was selected twice during the 2009 season and once during the 2008 season for the Club's Player of the Week award. Jack becomes the 9th Trinity player to win the Player of the Year Award since its inception in 1976. Jack also plays basketball and baseball at Trinity.
The College Player of the Year Award is presented annually by the Club to a senior college football player who plays within the state of Alabama. Levi Brown was named 2009 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and Sun Belt Conference Offense Player of the Year. He was named the Sun Belt's Offensive Player of the Week a record six times during the 2009 season. Brown led Troy to their first 8-0 season in Sun Belt history and a second straight outright league crown.
Brown owns the Troy and Sun Belt Conference single-season records for passing yards (3,868) and total offense (3,867). The Troy single season passing record had stood for 41 years, since Sim Byrd set the original mark of 3,569 in 1968.
Brown is a native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and started his college career at the University of Richmond before transferring to Troy. Brown has been selected to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game in El Paso, Texas on February 6.
Coach Al Pogue has just completed his second season at Carver and holds a 24-3 record as the Wolverines head coach. Overall, he is 38-20 in five seasons as a head coach.
The Dr. Jim Maloy Coach of the Year Award was established three years ago in memory of long-time Club member and former Club head coach Dr. Jim Maloy. The award is given each year to a River Region coach "who demonstrates success on the field and an encouragement of sportsmanship, academics, and a positive influence for the pursuit of excellence in all areas of their student athlete's life." Trinity Coach Randy Ragsdale was the first recipient of the award and Edgewood Academy Coach Bobby Carr won the award last year.
The Quarterback Club continues to accept reservations for the awards banquet. Guests pay $30 at the door and must make a reservation by calling Perry Hooper, Jr. at 409-3119 or by sending the Club and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Quarterback Club meets at the Montgomery Country Club.