Class 4A Back of the Year

North Jackson running back Lee Witherspoon was named the Class 4A Back of the Year during the ASWA Football Awards banquet. Witherspoon is pictured with North Jackson head coach Mark Rose.

North Jackson running back Lee Witherspoon’s record-setting season turned award-winning on Tuesday.

The Mississippi State signee won the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A Back of the Year Award during the ASWA’s Football Awards Banquet in Montgomery on Tuesday.

Witherspoon edged out Hokes Bluff running back Darrian Meads and Montevallo wide receiver JJ Evans in the voting for the Class 4A Back of the Year award.

Witherspoon was also named to the 12-member ASWA’s Super All-State Football Team.

“It’s a great success story,” said North Jackson head coach Mark Rose. “Lee is a humble guy who came in here and worked his tail off, had never played running back before, and then goes out and has just an unbelievable season. I couldn’t be prouder of him. It’s a great honor for him and for our program.”

Witherspoon is the first North Jackson player to win an ASWA award since former Chiefs and Alabama linebacker Tana Patrick won back-to-back Class 4A Lineman of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008.

Efforts to reach Witherspoon were unsuccessful.

Witherspoon, a Class 4A first-team all-state selection, enjoyed a record-setting season while helping North Jackson win the Class 4A Region 7 championship and post an 11-1 record. 

The Parker transfer set state records for touchdowns (59) and rushing touchdowns (53) while rushing for a North Jackson single-season school-record 2,846 yards on 148 carries, an average of 19.3 yards per carry. He eclipsed the 200-yard mark in eight games and the 300-yard mark in four games. Witherspoon also started at defensive back and returned punts and kickoffs for the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, former Scottsboro quarterback and Auburn signee Bo Nix was named Class 6A Back of the Year and Alabama’s Mr. Football. Nix, who led Pinson Valley to back-to-back 6A state titles, was Scottsboro’s starting quarterback from 2014-16.

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