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DeKalb County senior quarterback Steven Jennings compiled more than 3,000 total yards and 27 touchdowns last season.

DeKalb County senior quarterback Steven Jennings compiled more than 3,000 total yards and 27 touchdowns last season.

Jennings tore the ACL in his knee on the Tigers’ opening possession of the second half. To that point, Jennings had rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown and had passed for 73 yards and another score.

Jennings was the 4-3A Offensive MVP last season after passing for 2,131 yards, 19 touchdowns and 3 interceptions while also rushing for 908 yards.

“He’s started since day one as a freshman,” DeKalb County coach Steve Trapp said. “He took care of a lot of stuff. Every play we sent in wasn’t always perfect against the defense out there (at that time), but he was an extension of me as the offensive coordinator out there.”

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The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Jennings is also a baseball standout, with the pitcher/shortstop having committed to Ole Miss.

Surgery to repair the knee ligament is tentatively scheduled for Friday, leaving Jennings with hopes of returning to play for the DeKalb County baseball program in the spring.

Junior Tyler Cantrell took over at quarterback following Jennings’ injury and helped DeKalb County (4-1, 2-0 in 4-3A) hold on, after leading 20-19 at halftime.

Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean.