Oakman's Trotter named Mountain Eagle Player of the Year
by W. Brian Hale
Dec 30, 2013 | 2182 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Player of the Year. Trotter totaled 34 touchdowns for an Oakman team that won 10 games and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Oakman quarterback Jase Trotter is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Player of the Year. Trotter totaled 34 touchdowns for an Oakman team that won 10 games and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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Going into the 2013 season, Oakman senior quarterback Jase Trotter was expected to be one of the top signal-callers in the area after a career that included a region championship and trips to the AHSAA Class 2A playoffs.

After accounting for over 3,000 yards and 34 touchdowns this year, Trotter didn’t disappoint his fellow players, coaches or Oakman fans — helping lead the Wildcats to their third-consecutive postseason appearance while overcoming challenges from Region 4’s toughest competitors.

For his leadership and outstanding ability on the field of play, Trotter is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Player of the Year.

With a star-studded group of receivers to target this season, Trotter had few problems putting up big numbers through the air — passing for 2,409 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions.

A proficient runner with the ability to frustrate defenses, he also rushed for 859 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns to complement the Wildcats’ ground game.

Oakman coach Mark Hastings cited Totter’s leadership during his three years under center at Oakman and his consistent ability to make big plays.

“When we needed a play, not only coaches, but the players, looked at him,” Oakman coach Mark Hastings said. “He came through more times than not. He did that for three years. He’s an incredible leader on and off the field. It’s hard to replace a player like that.”

Trotter’s contributions did not go unnoticed by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, who named him to the Class 2A First Team All-State team — one of only six players in the state to be their classification’s best quarterback.

Although Trotter had several games this season that saw him put up stellar numbers, his performance in a thrilling 42-38 region win over the Cold Springs Eagles was critical for the Wildcats.

Trotter scored six touchdowns in the game and had 388 total offensive yards — connecting on 17 of 21 passes for 286 yards while rushing for 102 yards and four touchdowns. His five-yard run with 28 seconds left in the game capped off a 75-yard series to help Oakman clinch the victory.

 

Here is a look at the rest of the Eagle Elite Football Team.

Eagle Elite First Team

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Jase Trotter, Oakman; Brody Meeks, Lynn

Running backs: Marlon Oliver, Walker; Ki’Jana Babbs, Dora; Chris Austin, Oakman

Wide Receivers: Ben Cagle, Lynn; Deontre Muse, Oakman, Quinton Harris, Oakman and Dylan Hand, Corner

Offensive Line: Zack Fondren, Oakman; Tanner Gardner, Walker; Brantley Whitlow, Dora and Colton Denson, Addison

Place Kicker: Ran Crump, Walker

Athlete: Garrett Woods, Cordova and Jarrod Owens, Curry

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DEFENSE

Linebackers: Austin Mansell, Walker; Franky Melson, Addison; Steve Simerly, Carbon Hill; Jake Averhart, Corner; and Jake Jones, Oakman

Defensive Line: Hunter Williams, Oakman; AJ Smoot, Dora; Jaiquan Crook, Walker and Kaleb Estill, Addison

Defensive Backs: Purvis Coger, Oakman; Kenton Petties, Dora; Kolby Kirk, Addison and Spencer Defoor, Sumiton Christian

Punter: Matt McKay, Walker

Athlete: Taylor Wilson, Addison and DeMonte Hobbs, Sumiton Christian

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Honorable Mention

Addison: Kyle Denson and Trey Yarbrough

Carbon Hill: Chandler Gann

Corner: Hunter Doppler and Deshay Averhart

Curry: Tristan Warren

Dora: Tristan Allred, Jacob Twilley, Logan Roberts, Charles Clay and Jack Spradlin

Meek: Gus Andrews

Oakman: Matthew Wilson

Parrish: Mason Secrest

Sumiton Christian: Josh Yates and Melvin Blackmon

Walker: Brady Pugh

Winston County: Seth Blanton