On Tuesday, December 11, at the University Center Club of Florida State University, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club presented end of the season awards to a host of Tallahassee Area football players.
Around 150 people attended the event, known as the Jamboree, and though the awards focused primarily on high school student-athletes, several awards recognized collegiate student-athletes from FAMU & FSU and one head football coach.
Tim Brando, who calls sporting events for Fox Sports, was the ceremony’s featured speaker. Mr. Brando spoke directly to the youth saying, “Don’t let anybody tell you: ‘Oh those kids today.’ ” Mr. Brando said, “I see more of what’s right with the youth of today because of athletics.” He pointed out that athletics bring values like “commitment, purpose, and passion” to the surface of life.
The night’s message was clear: Football may have brought us together, but uplifting our community’s humanity is what we really strive for. Mr. Brando capped-off his talk by recognizing Coach Jimbo Fisher (who was in attendance for his son’s reception of an award), saying, “I spoke to Coach Jimbo earlier and told him, ‘Congratulations Dad,’ because he is here as a dad tonight, that is what is really special.”
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club has been part of our community since 1949, when it was founded to support high school and college football. To learn more about the Tallahassee Quarterback Club, visit their website at TallahasseeQBClub.com.
Here are the award winners:
Gene Cox Most Valuable Player
Javon Morgan, Florida High | 30 rec, 488 yards, 5 TD, 37 carries, 309 yards, 5 Touchdowns,
56 Tackles, 38 Solo, 2 Interceptions, 1 Touchdown, 478 Kick-odd/Punt return yards, 3 Touchdowns
Charlie Ward Offensive Players of the Year (2 winners)
Trey Fisher, Godby High School | 145/247 passing, 2505 yards, 27 Touchdowns, 1 Rushing Touchdown
Chris Beard, Lincoln High School | 150/251 passing 2049 yards, 17 Touchdowns, 94 carries, 502 yards, 7 Touchdowns
Mickey Andrews Defensive Players of the Year (2 winners)
Jolan Gilley, Florida High | 71 Tackles, 41 Solo, 16 Tackles For Loss, 11.5 Sacks, 2 Fumbles Recovered, 4 Fumbles Forced
Deangelo Mitchell, North Florida Christian | 65 Tackles, 7 Interceptions, 1 returned 109 yards for a Touchdown
Vaughn Mancha Offensive Lineman of the Year
Evan Quigley, Lincoln High School | Graded out for the year at 88%, 46 pancake blocks, 24 knockdowns, 3 Sacks allowed
Receiver of the Year
Robert Parker-Crawford, Maclay School | 29 receptions, 679 yards, 11 Touchdowns
Amos P. Godby Student Athlete of the Year
Kamari Young, Godby High School | 4.1 GPA, 3.8 High School GPA, 2 Advanced Placement classes, Engineering Courses, 2 TCC classes
Special Teams Player of the Year
Tyler Keltner, Chiles High School | 10/12 Field Goals, 46 long, 41/41 PAT, Punt – 27/1147 yd, 43 average
Dale Doss Courage Award Winner
JD Jerry, North Florida Christian
Bobby Bowden High School Coach of the Year
Steve Price, North Florida Christian
Jake Gaither Sportsmanship Award – given to the FAMU player who shows the best sportsmanship during the season
Elijah Richardson, Florida A&M
Bob Crenshaw Awards – given to the FSU players who shows the “biggest heart”
(Offensive) Derrick Kelly II, Florida State University
(Defensive) Dontavious Jackson, Florida State University
Tallahassee’s peewee Pop Warner football team received special recognition for winning this year’s national championship.