Joe Mixon named national player of the year finalist

Freedom High’s Joe Mixon is one of six finalists for U.S. Army  national player of the year.

Other finalists in the running for the award, which honors the most outstanding high school senior football player in the country, are running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown High-Georgia), quarterback Will Grier (Davidson Day-North Carolina), running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte Christian-North Carolina), defensive back Marshon Lattimore (Glenville-Cleveland, Ohio) and wide receiver Trey Quinn (Barbe-Lake Charles, Louisiana).

Mixon finished his three-year varsity career with 4,281 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns. He rushed for 470 yards and nine touchdowns in two North Coast Section playoff games this month, but Freedom was eliminated last Friday with a 27-21 loss to Pittsburg.
Mixon tallied 1,704 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns in his senior season, playing behind a brand new offensive line.

The player of the year will be announced during an awards show on Jan. 3 in San Antonio, just before the Jan. 4 Army All-American game at the Alamodome. Past winners of the award include Adrian Peterson and Terrelle Pryor.

Mixon, a five-star recruit, plans to announce his college choice during the Army All-American game. Mixon has taken official visits to Cal, Florida State, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin this fall. He went on an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend.

Stephanie Hammon