Players earn all-state honors
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
A trio of Troup High football standouts have earned a spot on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s all-state team.
That includes quarterback Kobe Hudson, who made the team as an all-around player.
Also making the all-state team are a pair of defensive stalwarts, defensive lineman Andy Boykin and linebacker Devon Hill.
Recruit Georgia has also released its preseason all-state
team, and players from Troup and LaGrange are represented.
Hudson is a first-team player, and Boykin is an honorable-mention selection.
Also earning an honorable-mention nod is LaGrange’s outstanding linebacker, Qua Bowles.
Hudson, a wide receiver his first two seasons at Callaway, made the move to quarterback in 2018, and he was electrifying.
Hudson completed 172-of-302 passes for 3,386 yards with 32 touchdowns, and he ran for 1,410 yards with 18 touchdowns.
Hudson was at his best in the playoffs when Troup made a run to the Class AAAA semifinals. In four playoff games, Hudson threw for 805 yards with seven touchdowns, and he ran for 594 yards with six touchdowns.
In the semifinals against eventual state-champion Blessed Trinity, Hudson threw for 234 yards with three touchdowns, and he ran for 204 yards with two touchdowns.
Hudson, who has committed to Auburn, began his prep career as a wide receiver, and he was one of quarterback Montez Crowe’s favorite options in 2016 and 2017.
While Hudson will be Troup’s quarterback this season, offensive coordinator Paul Brewer said he will be used in some different ways.
Hudson will also take some snaps on defense as a defensive back.
“We’re going to move him around a little bit. He’s going to present problems,” Brewer said. “Anytime your quarterback can move, what are you going to do? I’m glad he’s on our side. We don’t have to figure out how to defend it.”
Boykin and Hill, who’ll be anchors of Troup’s defense, were also honored with all-state selections.
Boykin is a multi-year starter on the defensive line, and he’ll also play some at tight end this season.
Troup head coach Tanner Glisson figures the 6-foot-4 Boykin will be a matchup problem for defenses.
“Somebody made the comment that even when you cover him, he’s still open because he’s so big,” Glisson said of Boykin. “He might not go for 80, but he can get a first down, and that’s a big target. It’s hard to re-route him because he’s so big.”
Hill enjoyed a breakout 2018 season as part of an impressive linebacker corps, and he returned an interception for a touchdown in a second-round playoff game against Pickens County.
Hill will also see some time on offense, and he’s been working at wide receiver and running back.
Qua Bowles had a breakout junior season for LaGrange, helping anchor a defense that was tremendous.
Bowles, a linebacker, had 158 tackles in 10 games, and that included 27 tackles for loss.
In a 9-6 loss to Cedartown, Bowles had 24 tackles, and he 21 tackles in a 13-10 setback to Central-Carroll.
Bowles had double digits in tackles in all but one game
OF NOTE: The Class AA preseason all-state team will be released on Thursday, and a handful of Callaway players will likely be represented. Check out Friday’s sports section for details.