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The Genuine Article: Watch List for 2012-13 Boys

[/media-credit] Logan Stewart

Football starts this Friday with Week 0 action.

That is the official start of the TSSAA sports year, which will conclude in May 2013. Before we get to the spring, we must go through the sizzling fall and then the blazing winter.

The four schools in our coverage of Millington, Munford, Brighton and Tipton-Rosemark Academy will feature top-notch talent and proven standouts in the boys’ sports. But the 2012-13 sports year will feature a few breakout male athletes.

This watch list will highlight those names featured in the pages of The Millington Star the last couple of year. But this Genuine Article will also shine the spotlight on a couple of players that are preparing to bust through the radar.

Austin Chambers (TRA)

The TRA junior athlete had made a name for himself in recent years following his brother Andrew’s footsteps by playing tennis. With teammates like Logan Mayo by his side, Chambers has helped the program maintain a solid reputation in the Shelby-Metro area. But since he was a freshman Chambers has been a member of the Rebel Football team. As a member of the secondary Chambers contributed with big hits and breaking up some passing plays. But this year AC will be the man trying to complete the throws as the quarterback for the Rebels.

Chambers is athletic and has the mindset living up to his nickname. He’s a cool customer and mature beyond his years. He will manage weapons like Austin Rushings, Logan Stewart and the O’Brien brothers to make shockwaves for the Rebels this season.

D’Marious Exum (Munford)

This area is loaded with talented running backs like Rushings, Antonio Dickerson at Brighton and Antonio Webber at Millington. And the Munford Cougars have a beast in the backfield as well in D’Marious Exum.

He is the prototype running back. He’s carries around a 6-foot frame carved with 210-pounds of muscles. Then to go along with that is track speed and an attacking running style. When the M&M Bowl takes place on Sept. 7 in Munford, the Cougars will have a real chance to end the Millington streak if Exum gets loose.

Markeeis James (Munford)

The opposite of the powerful, statuesque frame of Exum is the compact body of 5’2 sophomore Markeeis James. But don’t let the height fool you. James, a former wrestler in Michigan, was a standout in multiple sports at Munford Middle School.

Last year he impressed coaches at the high school earning a spot on the football varsity as a freshman. He was one round away from reaching State in track as part of a relay team.

Now a year wiser, James will start making headlines. In the Jamboree Friday night, the speedster took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Lil’ James is ready.

Charles Mosley (Brighton)

When James is not on the field, the quiet MHS student might be easy to overlook. But at Brighton, no one is going to miss Mr. Charles Mosley. Yes, I said Mister. Listed at 6’5 and 350 pounds, the defensive lineman demands attention. And this summer he grabbed a look from National champion and Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban.

If Mr. Mosley lives up to his physical strengths and what the Brighton coaching staff believes he can do, the junior will have his choice of schools.

Brady Stewart (Brighton)

I’m sure Brady Stewart is glad Mr. Mosley is on his side. The Brighton signal caller won’t have to worry about Mr. Mosley chasing him down. But Stewart has to concern himself with leading the Cardinals once again.

Stewart was the field general who lead the Cardinals to a 10-win season and the school’s first playoff win in Class 6A. Stewart has matured in Head Coach Will Wolfe’s system.

Last year, Stewart got his feet wet following Danny Potter. He had targets like Ricky Foster, Rujonn Glass and Greg Stark. Stewart still has some weapons but he will be the leader on and off the field. Learning from his father, a former quarterback, and previous teammates, Stewart knows what to do to keep the Cardinals on the winning path.

Logan Stewart (TRA)

Back closer to Shelby County another Stewart will be proving his worth on the gridiron. TRA sophomore Logan Stewart made his presence felt along side fellow skill players like Keith Hamlin and Austin Rushings.

Entering his sophomore year, Stewart is physically stronger and coaches say he is smarter. Most nights, Stewart might be the best athlete on the field.

Malcolm Terry (Brighton)

Speaking of pure athletes, Malcolm Terry at Brighton is eyeing a third straight trip to the State Class 3A Track Meet. But before Terry leaps to Murfreesboro again, the senior will spend some time on the gridiron for the Cardinals. His role is expected to increase in the secondary and receiving corps.

When it comes to the track, Terry has placed huge expectations on himself. As a sophomore, he medaled in the Triple Jump. As a junior he improved his finish in that event. And he also medaled in the Long Jump this past season. Terry participated in the High Jump at State but finished outside the top eight.

Terry said he will bring home three medals in 2013 and expect at least one to be gold.

TrojanMob (Tevin Oliver, Jerrick Newsome, Antonio Webber, Jonathan Patterson, George Odum, El Paso Johnson and Willie Mudbone)

For the past couple of years, my Facebook page has been featured a plethora of TrojanMob in the middle of names I’ve written about in sports.

From Roland Genesy to Jamal Collier, this unique group of student/athletes has already had proven success. Those two are preparing to play college football.

Now the TrojanMob is preparing to send another group of young men to success in the black and gold and then to next level. The names in the parenthesis are standouts from all major sports at Millington like track, basketball, baseball and football.

Tevin Oliver has followed in his brother Kevin’s footsteps as a standout cornerback. He will be featured more in the new offense on the football field. Oliver is also a defensive wizard on the hardwood.

Jerrick Newsome is Oliver’s backcourt mate and runs the show for Rob Sabau’s squad. But the sport that might get him to the next level will be baseball. He is a natural in the infield and dangerous leadoff hit.

Antonio Webber will continue the line of great Millington running backs. He is bigger, stronger and just as fast. And most importantly he has a team-first attitude on the gridiron and basketball court.

Jonathan “JP” Patterson is a head-knocking linebacker on the gridiron. And on the basketball court he will battle in the paint. He does the little things that help a team win.

George Odum will have to choose which sport he wants to play in college. He’s good enough to be a linebacker or safety on the college level for football. But after reaching State in the Triple Jump and 200m, he had the body and skills to run Division I track.

El Paso Johnson is the best basketball prospect to come out of Millington since Jermaine Dailey. His game is better than Dailey at this point. Johnson enters his senior year with post game and the ability to face the basket. He is a sure-fire No. 2 or No. 3 at the next level.

And finally Willie Mudbone. The incoming senior busted out with solid season on the hardwood helping the Trojans win the O’Ryan Christmas Tournament. He is a pure shooter and works well within the Millington offense.


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