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Adrian Alexander, Southwest: The two-time All-Middle Georgia first-team running back became the first player in 19 years to be voted a conensus all-state player. Rushed for 2,165 yards and 27 touchdowns in 11 games as a senior and helped lead the Patriots to their first winning season in 20 years. Rushed for 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.
Tyree Burnett, Washington County: With all the great running backs at WACO this decade, head coach Joel Ingram says Burnett was without a doubt the best. Named the consensus Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2004 when he led the Golden Hawks to the state championship game. Rushed for 2,183 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. He was an honorable mention pick as a junior.
Tijuan Green, Northside: Named the GACA Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. Northside went 30-0 and won two state titles with Green as the starting running back. He rushed for 2,035 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior and was named the All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year. Also caught 23 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. Threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the state championship win over Ware County. Received consensus all-state honors as a senior. Named honorable mention all-state by the AP as a junior. Rushed for 1,614 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, with most of the damage coming in the playoffs.
Darius Marshall, Baldwin: One of the few two-time all-state running backs, Marshall helped the Braves advance to the Georgia Dome in 2005. He rushed for 2,324 and 30 touchdowns as a junior. He followed that up with 2,153 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. He is one of the few Middle Georgians to have consecutive 2,000-yard seasons. Rushed for 6,338 career yards, which is good for 11th all time. He just finished his second consecutive 1,000-yard season at Marshall.
Jeremy Marshall, Hawkinsville: Marshall holds the Red Devils' school records for career rushing yards (5,841 yards) and touchdowns (72). Rushed for 333 yards and 331 yards in single games. Rushed for 2,295 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2003. Rushed for 1,573 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2004. Rushed for 1,802 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2005. Received consensus all-state honors as a senior and as a sophomore. Named to the AJC all-state team as a junior. Starting running back on two state championship teams. Playing at Wofford.
Eric O’Neal, Houston County: Led Region 1-AAAAA with 1,609 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior and was named the Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year by the AP and AJC. He is the only state player of the year in school history. Selected to play in the GACA All-Star Game. Helped lead the Bears to only their third appearance in the state quarterfinals. The All-Middle Georgia pick rushed for 3,006 career yards and 39 touchdowns in 25 games. Rushed for 938 yards and six touchdowns in nine games as a junior. Just completed his junior season at Coastal Carolina.
Alton Sanders, Warner Robins: Sanders led the Demons to a state championship and undefeated season in 2004. He rushed for a school-record 2,101 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. He was named the GACA Player of the Year and the All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year. He rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns against Ware County at the Georgia Dome. Signed with Middle Tennessee after high school.
Rosco Walls, Washington County: Walls received consensus all-state honors as a junior and as a senior. Helped lead the Golden Hawks to the state semifinals as a senior. Rushed for over 2,000 yards as a senior despite splitting carries with Deon Harden. Rushed for 1,969 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.
Brian Wilcher, Dublin: No telling what Wilcher's numbers could have been if he was the focal point of a rushing attack. But as one piece of Dublin's wing-T, Wilcher still rushed for 1,425 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior when he helped the Irish to the 2006 state championship. He was a first-team All-Middle Georgia pick as well as a GACA first-team all-state selection. He was an honorable mention all-state pick in 2005.
Tony Wright, Peach County: Wright was named to the GACA all-state team as a senior, and a consensus all-state pick as a junior in 2003. Rushed for 2,154 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior when he helped lead the Trojans to the 2003 state championship game.