Top 10 Nashville area returning high school quarterbacks

Top 10 Nashville area returning high school quarterbacks

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Top 10 Nashville area returning high school quarterbacks

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With spring football in full swing, here’s a look at some of the top returning Midstate quarterbacks for the 2016 high school football season, ranked by The Tennessean’s Michael Murphy.

Classes listed are for 2016 season.

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10. John Turner

Smyrna quarterback John Turner

Smyrna quarterback John Turner

Smyrna, Senior
Ht:
6-2 Wt: 195

Why chosen: Turner, a 2015 All-Region 2-6A selection, threw for 2,077 yards on 62.1 percent passing, firing 13 touchdown passes with just four interceptions for the 9-4 Class 6A semifinalist Bulldogs.

Junior Year

9. Seth Carlisle

Macon County quarterback Seth Carlisle

Macon County quarterback Seth Carlisle

Macon County, Junior
Ht:
6-0 Wt: 205

Why chosen: Carlisle, a 2015 All-Region 5-A selection, completed more than 50 percent of his passes for 803 yards and seven touchdowns while racking up 1,294 yards and 16 rushing scores for the Tigers.

2015 Sophomore Season

 

8. Steven Jennings

DeKalb County quarterback Steven Jennings

DeKalb County quarterback Steven Jennings

DeKalb County, Senior
Ht: 
6-2 Wt: 180

Why chosen: Jennings, the 2015 Region 4-3A Offensive MVP, had 3,037 yards of offense and 27 total touchdowns, helping lead the Tigers to a 7-4 record and a Class 3A playoff appearance.

Sophomore Season Highlights

7. Josh Trueheart

Stratford quarterback Josh Trueheart

Stratford quarterback Josh Trueheart

Stratford, Senior
Ht:
6-4 Wt: 215

Why chosen: Trueheart, a 2015 All-Region 5-3A selection, threw for 1,766 yards, ran for 219 more and scored 27 total touchdowns, helping lead the Spartans to an 8-4 record and their most successful postseason run since 2004.

Junior Year 2015-2016

6. Preston Rice

Wayne County quarterback Preston Rice

Wayne County quarterback Preston Rice

Wayne County, Senior
Ht:
6-2 Wt: 220

Why chosen: Rice, the 2015 Region 6-A MVP and a Class 1A Mr. Football finalist, threw for 2,109 yards, ran for 591 more and scored 39 total touchdowns for the Class 1A quarterfinalist Wildcats.

Preston Rice Junior Year Highlights

5. Alontae Taylor

Coffee County quarterback Alontae Taylor

Coffee County quarterback Alontae Taylor

Coffee County, Junior
Ht:
5-11 Wt: 178

Why chosen: The run-first Taylor, a Vanderbilt commitment and 2015 All-Region 2-6A selection, threw for 799 yards to go with his team-leading 1,547 yards rushing and accounted for 22 total touchdowns.

2015-16 Sophomore Highlights

4. Ben Brooks

Pope John Paul II quarterback Ben Brooks

Pope John Paul II quarterback Ben Brooks

Pope John Paul II, Senior
Ht: 
6-0 Wt: 175

Why chosen: Brooks, a 2015 All-East/Middle Region selection, threw for 1,843 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Knights, and the JPII baseball standout also accounted for 348 yards rushing and two additional scores.

Junior Highlights

 

3. Jacob Murphree

Dickson County quarterback Jacob Murphree

Dickson County quarterback Jacob Murphree

Dickson County, Senior
Ht: 
6-2 Wt: 188

Why chosen: Murphree, a 2015 All-Region 7-5A selection, completed 52 percent of his passes for 2,542 yards and 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, helping lead Dickson County to a 5-6 record.

Official Junior season

2. Brendan Matthews

Oakland quarterback Brendan Matthews

Oakland quarterback Brendan Matthews

Oakland, Senior
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220

Why chosen: Matthews, a 2015 All-Region 2-6A selection, threw for 1,612 yards and accounted for 17 total touchdowns to help lead the Patriots to a 12-2 record and a Class 6A semifinal appearance.

Junior Season

 

1. Jeremiah Oatsvall

Brentwood Academy quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall

Brentwood Academy quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall

Brentwood Academy, Senior
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180

Why chosen: Oatsvall, a 2015 All-Midstate first-team selection and DII-AA Mr. Football semifinalist, threw for 1,965 yards, ran for 1,164 more and scored 30 total touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 12-1 record and the program’s first state title since 2006.

January ’16, Soph. & Jr.

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Top 10 returning Nashville area high school RBs
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Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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