A former North Jackson standout made a big impression in his college football debut.
Lee Witherspoon, the 2019 Class 4A Back of the Year in Alabama, saw his first action as member of the Mississippi State football team during the Bulldogs’ 38-15 win over Southern Miss last Saturday in Starkville, Mississippi.
Witherspoon ran for 40 yards on seven carries and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 22-yard run. The freshman running back found running room up the middle before breaking away from two Southern Miss defenders at the 13-yard line and racing into the end zone.
Witherspoon transferred to North Jackson from Parker High School in Birmingham near the end of his junior year. Despite having never played running back before, Witherspoon 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 while helping the Chiefs win the Class 4A Region 7 championship and post an 11-1 record.