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NAHS announced three honorees on this year’s 4A All-State football team, selected last weekend in Jackson.
Seniors Collin Stubblefield, Kareem Brown and Sam Jackson Dunnam made the list, making this the most selections New Albany has placed in the three years of head coach Ron Price’s tenure with the program.
“It’s a special honor for those guys to accomplish that,” Price said. “This is a very nice reward after a good season for us.”
Brown and Dunnam were first team selections, adding to the list of postseason honors the duo have received.
Brown, the Division 1-4A Player of the Year, finished with 589 rushing yards, 748 receiving yards, 62 tackles, three interceptions and 223 yards in kickoff returns. Brown also led the team in touchdowns with 19, capping a stellar career for the Bulldogs.
“Kareem Brown’s been consistent for us since his freshman year,” Price said. “He’s been a leader, and when we’ve needed something done on Friday night, Kareem’s usually the one who’s got it done for us. It’s a big honor for him for all of the hard work to pay off and be on the All-State team.”
Dunnam’s selection marks the second year in a row New Albany has placed a kicker on the list, following Sonny Harrison in 2009. Dunnam finished the season connecting on 64-of-67 extra points and 5-of-10 field goals. The senior also recorded 15 touchbacks on kickoffs this year.
“Sam Jackson was very consistent all year,” Price said. “We told him coming into the season that we expected him to be as good as Sonny, and he almost doubled his production, so I’d say he met those expectations.”
Stubblefield rounds out the selections, earning second team honors. Then center has made an impact for the team, contributing to a successful offensive line for the Bulldogs.
“Collin has come in the last two years and has given us everything he has for our football program,” Price said. “He’s been a leader on the offensive line. He’s stepped up in the weight room and has been an example for our guys in there.”
New Albany finished the 2010 season as Division 1-4A champions with a 13-1 record.