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Troup’s Todd honored by region

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

After putting together a memorable freshman season, Troup High quarterback Taeo Todd has been recognized by the coaches who were tasked with finding ways to slow him down last fall.

Todd has been selected as the Region 2-AAAA offensive player of the year after bursting onto the scene during the 2020 season.

Troup was well-represented on the all-region team that was put together by the region’s eight head coaches.

The overall player of the year was Carver quarterback Devin Riles, who led his team to a region championship and a spot in the state quarterfinals.

Hardaway’s Mykel Williams was the defensive player of the year, and Todd was tabbed as the top offensive player following his breakout freshman season.

Todd had nearly 2,300 combined

yards running and passing, and he accounted for 16 touchdowns while helping the Tigers go 6-5 and reach the state playoffs.

Troup, after an 0-3 start, won six straight games before ending the season with close losses to Carver and Benedictine.

As dynamic a player as Todd was, Troup head coach Tanner Glisson believes he can be even better.

“There’s a lot of room to grow,” Glisson said. “There’s some things he can do in the passing game that are going to surprise some people. We’re just tickled to death, and glad to have him for three more years.”

Nine other Troup players were first-team selections on the all-region team.

Included in that group are two offensive linemen, Royce White and Will Cooley, who helped open running lanes for Todd.

White signed with the University of Memphis in December after making his commitment earlier in the year.

Also making the first team was one of Troup’s top offensive play-makers, Marquavious Kelley, a wide receiver who also made an impact in the running game, and he had rushing touchdowns in the final two games against Carver and Benedictine.

Kelley, in an indication of his versatility, was listed as an athlete on the first team.

Five members of Troup’s defense made the first team, including defensive linemen Christopher Hilton and Jordan Adams, who were both multi-year starters.

Linebackers Zy Morgan and Jace Godwin also made the first team, as did defensive back Sirr Morgan.

Troup’s second-team all-region players are Kelley (wide receiver/defensive back), P.J. Jones (offensive line), Isaac Andews (punter), Cody Bray (kicker) and Nazir Easter (defensive back).

Xavier Clarke (defensive line), A.J. Tucker (running back) and Qua Birdsong (defensive line) were honorable-mention picks.

ALL-REGION PLAYERS

FIRST TEAM

Jake Lane (tight end), Royce White (offensive line), Will Cooley (offensive line), Jordan Adams (defensive line), Christopher Hilton (defensive line), Jace Godwin (linebacker), Zy Varner (linebacker), Sirr Morgan (defensive back), Marquavious Kelley (athlete)

SECOND TEAM

Marquavious Kelley (wide receiver/defensive back), P.J. Jones (offensive line), Isaac Andrews (punter), Cody Bray (kicker), Nazir Easter (defensive back), Taeo Todd (athlete)

HONORABLE MENTION

Xavier Clarke (defensive line), A.J. Tucker (running back), Nazir Easter (defensive back) and Qua Birdsong (defensive line)