Leroy's Moseley Named 2008 Mr. Football
BIRMINGHAM -- Leroy High School quarterback Clint Moseley became the first Class 2A quarterback to be named the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football.
Moseley was named the 27th recipient of the ASWA Mr. Football Award Thursday night at the annual Player of the Year awards dinner held at the Birmingham News.
“This is something you dream of as a kid, but you never think it’s going to happen to you,” said Moseley. “Look around at all the talent in this room. There’s a lot of talent here and this is just a great honor.”
In winning the Mr. Football award, Moseley becomes the first player from a Class 3A school or smaller since Pike County’s Chris Nickson won in 2003 and the smallest school winner since Thomas Banks of Class 1A West Jefferson in 1993.
Moseley, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback, led the Bears to their third-straight Class 2A championship earlier this month as received his second-straight title-game MVP honor. He was named Class 2A Back of the Year by the ASWA on Dec. 4.
Moseley edged out two Backs of the Year, Cordova (3A) senior running back Tim Simon and Gadsden City (6A) defensive back Dre’ Kirkpatrick. Moseley received 195 points and 11 first-place votes in the balloting while Simon had 186 points and four first-place votes and Kirkpatrick 138 points and two firsts. ASWA member sports writers are the voters on the All-State and Mr. Football Committees.
Also in the top five vote-getters were Sulligent quarterback/defensive back Caleb Massey (105) and Leeds defensive lineman/fullback Randon Carnathan (99).
Moseley threw for 3,749 yards this season on 209-of-315 passing with 35 touchdowns and five interceptions, including a 272-yard performance against Sulligent in a 41-8 Class 2A title game win. He also ran for 693 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.
For his career, he completed 473 of 755 passes for 8,413 yards and 79 TDs with only 18 interceptions. He added another 1,899 rushing yards and 34 TDs on the ground. He also ended his football career on a 25-game winning streak.
In addition to Moseley’s three Class 2A state championship game MVP honors, he has also led Leroy’s baseball team to the state 2A crowns in 2008 and 2007. His high school coach in both sports is Danny Powell.
Last year’s Mr. Football was Foley wide receiver Julio Jones, now a freshman at Alabama. The 2006 winner was Larry Smith of Prattville, a red-shirt freshman quarterback at Vanderbilt.
The individual class winners were:
BACK: Demont Buice, Gaston, RB
LINEMAN: Maurice Tate, Linden, LB
BACK: Clint Moseley, Leroy, QB
LINEMAN: Amos Draper, Tanner, OL/DL
BACK: Tim Simon, Cordova, RB
LINEMAN: Randon Carnathan, Leeds, DL
BACK: Nolen Smith, Oneonta, WR
LINEMAN: Tana Patrick, North Jackson, LB
BACK: Tyler Caldwell, Cullman, QB
LINEMAN: Leland Baker, Erwin, DE
BACK: Dre Kirkpatrick, Gadsden City, DB
LINEMAN: Quinton Dial, Clay-Chalkville, DL
Mr. Football winners (1982-2008)
1982 Tommy Compton, Vigor, quarterback
1983 Freddie Weygand, Emma Sansom, wide receiver
1984 Roderick Green, Gardendale, wide receiver
1985 Pierre Goode, Hazlewood, running back
1986 Larry Ware, Lee-Montgomery, running back
1987 Robert Jones, Parker, running back
1988 Darrell Williams, Vigor, running back
1989 Steven Coleman, Pike County, running back
1990 David Palmer, Jackson-Olin, running back/wide receiver
1991 Robert Davis, Homewood, running back
1992 Freddie Kitchens, Etowah, quarterback
1993 Thomas Banks, West Jefferson, running back
1994 Dawud Rasheed, Shades Valley, running back
1995 Gorman Thornton, Jeff Davis, tight end/defensive end
1996 Antoneyo Williams, Central-Tuscaloosa, running back
1997 Mac Campbell, Alexandria, running back
1998 DeMarco McNeil, Blount, defensive lineman
1999 Cory Whisenant, Springville, running back
2000 Carnell Williams, Etowah, running back
2001 Brandon Cox, Hewitt-Trussville, quarterback
2002 JaMarcus Russell, Williamson, quarterback
2003 Chris Nickson, Pike County, quarterback
2004 Jarod Bryant, Hoover, quarterback
2005 Andre Smith, Huffman, offensive lineman
2006 Larry Smith, Prattville, quarterback
2007 Julio Jones, Foley, wide receiver
2008 Clint Moseley, Leroy, quarterback