Pardue nominated for Red Zone Award

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Vols quarterback earns recognition

By The Staff

Andrew Jackson High School senior quarterback Daniel Pardue has been nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year.

As a result of this achievement, Pardue is among a select group of players who are eligible to be selected as a national Red Zone Player of the Year and be honored in a full-page feature in USA Today in February.

Pardue, a three-year starter for the Vols, guided AJ to a 5-6 record, a third-place finish in Conference IV-AA and a first-round Class AA Upper State playoff berth.

“Daniel had a good season for us and this is great recognition for him and our program,” said AJ coach Louis Clyburn, who nominated Pardue for the honor. “He did a good job of grasping our offense and leading our team.”

A two-time first-team all-county selection at quarterback, Pardue produced a record-setting season for the Vols, who posted their best record since a 6-6 finish in 2004. AJ went 5-5 in the regular season before falling to Batesburg-Leesville in the first-round of the Class AA Upper State playoffs.

Pardue threw for 2,087 yards and 23 touchdowns. He ran for 145 yards on 36 carries. An All-Region IV-AA pick and Class AA all-state nominee, Pardue broke nine individual records and help smash 12 game and seasonal marks. He was a major reason the Vols broke 22 offensive records this season.

For the eighth straight year, Old Spice is recognizing high school football players who go above and beyond the call of duty, particularly in the red zone – the 20-yard line to the end zone.

The program honors athletes who are able to elevate their play and step up when the heat is on. These athletes embody leadership, performance and desire, and serve as examples to their teammates on and off the field.

High school coaches across the country are naming one player from their team as their Player of the Year. Each team’s Player of the Year will receive a certificate to acknowledge his accomplishment.

The player is also eligible to be named one of 50 national Players of the Year.

The top 50 players nationwide will be named Red Zone Players of the Year and will receive a plaque and other awards.

The Red Zone Player of the Year program is nationally sponsored by Procter & Gamble, the makers of Old Spice Red Zone Deodorant.

The program is created and managed by 360 Youth, LLC, an Alloy company.