Star Staff Reports
The 12th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will feature the top 84 high school seniors representing 44 schools from public and private schools in the Memphis area.
Each player was selected on the basis of his character, his on and off-field achievements and his classroom performance. Four finalists for the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football Award are among this year’s All-Star Game participants: wide receiver Devin Perry of Memphis University School, kicker Gary Wunderlich of Memphis University School, ECS running back Cole Heotis and lineman Charles Mosley from Brighton High School. Lynord Crutchfield, the head coach at Central High School, will coach the Red team and Chris Michael, the head coach at Millington High School, will coach the Blue team. “With these very fine head coaches leading the teams, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has established over the past eleven years,” said AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart. Many alumni of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game have gone on to pursue their education in college as well as play football.
For example, a number of former all-stars are currently playing for Ole Miss (Barry Brunetti, Matt Brown, Mark Dodson, Darrius Henderson, Herbert Moore, Ben Still, Jaylen Walton), Vanderbilt (Brian Kimbrow, Gerald Perry, Spencer Pulley, Latevius Rayford, Darrius Sims, Mack Weaver, Trey Wilkins) and Alabama (Brandon Ivory, Harrison Jones). The University of Memphis has 20 former AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Players on their current roster. “The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives the fans an opportunity to see local talent that, in many cases, they have only heard or read about,” said Crutchfield. “Because of the exposure the All-Star Game has created over the past eleven years, there has been an increase in the stature and visibility of all high school football programs in the Memphis area.” “This game gives Memphis a chance to showcase the abundance of talent in the Memphis area,” said Michael. “It gives all these senior players one last opportunity to have a great experience in their final high school game.” The AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game has provided numerous Memphis-area high school athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents to earn college scholarships. In 2010, 30 all-stars were awarded scholarships; in 2011, 34 players earned scholarships and in 2012, an all-time record 46 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game participants received scholarships. The All-Star Game will be played Saturday, December 14 at Memphis University School.
The kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for ages 6 and under) and can be purchased through the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ticket office, 795-7700. The game will be broadcast on radio by Sports 56 WHBQ. Check out the rosters for the Red and Blue teams.