Dixon named athlete of the year for Region 4-4A as eight other Tigers named to All-Region teams
Published 8:22 am Friday, December 1, 2023
The Troup Tigers had nine of their very own football players named to the region 4-4A all-region teams.
It started with region 4-4A athlete of the year Noah Dixon. The Clemson commit did it all for the Tigers this season on both sides of the ball. Dixon finished the season as the team’s leading receiver with 483 yards while also adding 182 yards on the ground and 15 total touchdowns. He finished third on the team in tackles and had an interception to his name on the defensive side of the ball.
Tyler Leslie, Qua Birdsong, Tyreon Smith, Isaiah Hall, Logan Sinkfield, Jatorian Blackmon and Ben Taylor all made the first team.
Taylor was an outstanding tight end for the Tigers, but he was named to the team for his tremendous work as a punter. Sinkfield also played numerous positions for the Tigers and finished the season at quarterback despite being named to the team as a wide receiver.
Blackmon and Hall were the most steady of the offensive linemen for the Tigers this season and earned spots on the first team.
Leslie, Birdsong and Smith were all named to the team for the work they put in on defense. Birdsong led the team with 63 tackles, more than 20 higher than the next leading tackler on the team. In fact, it was Leslie who finished second with 41 despite missing a handful of games this season.
Smith was lockdown at corner, coming way with one interception and 33 tackles on the season
Jaylan Reed was the lone Tiger on the second team, earning the nod for his work in the secondary as he led the Tigers with two interceptions on the season.
Charles Davis, Amarius Perdue, Jeremiah Hoard, Greg Houston, McCarty Harrelson, Javari Fannin, Ashton Williams and Wade Ingram all made the honorable mention list.