Justin Fields, Trey Sermon, Jabari Zuniga and Bryson Armstrong are just a hand full of the many talented football players from Cobb County that will take the field for college football teams this fall.
With 159 players currently on Division I rosters, there is no doubt that Cobb County has become a factory for college prospects. Because of that, there are more than enough prospects to create an All-Cobb County college football team.
Here is the team the MDJ would put on the field for the 2019 season.
QB Justin Fields (So.), Harrison
College: Ohio State
Fields took the large sum of headlines from November to January, without even stepping on the field, as his transfer from Georgia to Ohio State was the worst kept secret in college football.
A former No. 1 overall recruit in the 2018 class, he already has the third best odds to win this year’s Heisman Trophy at 8-1, behind only Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
Fields threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 266 yards and four touchdowns ith the Bulldogs.
RB Trey Sermon (Jr.), Sprayberry
In his sophomore year, Sermon led the Big 12 champion Sooners in rushing with 947 yards and found the endzone 13 times.
Sermon’s stellar season earned him an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention nod.
RB Quay Holmes (RFr.), McEachern
College: East Tennessee State
In his 2018 SoCon Freshman of the Year season, the 6-foot-1, 216-pound Holmes started in all 12 of the Buccaneers’ games and ran for 928 yards and 13 touchdowns.
WR Tyler Simmons (Sr.), McEachern
Simmons has played in 34 games for the Bulldogs, earning 183 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and 131 yards and two scores on the ground.
WR CJ Windham (RJr.), McEachern
College: Middle Tennessee State
Windham redshirted during his Junior year after suffering an injury four games into the season. The 6-2, 200-pound receiver has played in 30 games for the Blue Raiders, starting in half of them, and has 529 yards and four touchdowns.
TE Sam Letton (RJr.), Walton
The 6-2, 223-pound Letton switched from receiver to tight end before the 2018 season.
Letton had 25 receptions for 246 yards and a score before redshirting four games into his junior season.
LT Isaac Weaver (Jr.), Lassiter
College: Old Dominion
Weaver has started 24 games at left tackle for the Monarchs. The 6-6, 290-pound tackle was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and received a 2017 Conference USA honorable mention.
LG Brian Marshall (Sr.), Marietta
Marshall has played in 32 games for the Mocs, starting in 10 of them. The big 6-2, 360-pound lineman has experience starting at both guard positions for Chattanooga.
C Carter Francis (RSo.), Allatoona
Francis is currently a backup for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, but saw action in four games last season. At 6-2, 302-pounds, Francis already has the size to compete for a starting spot.
RG Tremayne Anchrum (Sr.), McEachern
The 6-2, 310-pound Anchrum became Clemson’s starting right tackle last season. He earned second-team all-ACC honors and helped lead Clemson to a national championship.
RT Brady Scott (RSo.), Mount Paran
College: Florida State
The 6-6, 304-pound Scott is a six game starter for the Seminoles, and played in 10 games last season.
DE Jabari Zuniga (RSr.), Sprayberry
The 6-4, 257-pound defensive end is one of the top defensive ends in college football and is returning for senior year. In three years at Florida, Zuniga has racked up 104 tackles, including 27 1/2 for a loss, 15 ½ sacks, and he was on the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List in 2018.
DT Julian Rochester (Sr.), McEachern
Through three seasons, the 6-5, 300-pound Rochester has recorded 89 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 5 1/2 sacks for one of the country’s top teams in recent years.
DT Elijah Ponder (Jr.), South Cobb
After playing in only one game his freshman year, Ponder saw a bump in playing time during his sophomore season, recording nine tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble while playing in eight games.
Edge Christian Albright (Jr.), North Cobb College: Ball State
Albright has experience at both defensive end and outside linebacker, but the junior is best off the edge. He has become a playmaker for the Cardinals, 93 tackles, five forced fumbles, two interceptions and five forced fumbles in two years
LB Bryson Armstrong (Jr.), Kell
College: Kennesaw State
Armstrong was the 2017 Jerry Rice National Freshman of the Year, an AFCA FCS Coaches All-America First Team member, and a two-time all-conference player in the Big South.
In two seasons, the 5-11, 212-pound linebacker has 189 tackles, including 22½ for a loss, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and three picks.
LB Chiendu Ogbonna (Jr.), Wheeler
A backup that mostly played on special teams his freshman year, Ogbonna was able to show out his sophomore year recording 72 tackles for the year.
In two seasons, the 6-2, 225-pounder has 82 tackles, 7 1/2 for loss, two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
LB Azeez Ojulari (RFr.), Marietta
Ojulari was able to gain real in-game experience thanks to the new redshirt rule. He played in three games, recording four tackles and a tackle for a loss. The 6-3, 240-pound Ojulari may not become a starter in 2019, but will see plenty of playing time.
CB Jerry Jacobs (Jr.), South Cobb
College: Arkansas State
Jacobs finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in interceptions with four, and fifth in the conference in passes defensed with eight.
CB Hakeem Bailey (RSr.), Wheeler
College: West Virginia
In two seasons with the Mountaineers, The 6-foot, 192-pound corner has recorded 77 tackles, a pick, eight passes defensed and a forced fumble.
CB Dorian Walker (Sr.), Mount Paran
College: Kennesaw State
The 6-foot, 181-pound corner earned All-Big South first-team honors in 2018.
In two seasons playing for the Owls, Walker has 78 tackles, 5 interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
S Eric Jackson (RSr.), Hillgrove
An 18 game starter for the Bears, Jackson was a 2018 team captain and a 2017 media All-SoCon second team.
He has 200 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries in three years.
K Rodrigo Blankenship (R Sr.), Sprayberry
The 6-1, 191-pound kicker was ranked 10th nationally in 2018 after making 19 of 23 field goals, and was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist.
P Jason Pierce (So.), Hillgrove
College: Jacksonville State
The 6-3, 215-pound Pierce started as a true freshman for the Gamecocks, and was named specialist of the week for the Ohio Valley Conference on September 9.
KR Juanyea Tarver (R Jr.), Allatoona
College: Georgia Southern
Tarver was a talented returner, as well as an eight game starter at defensive back, for Morehead State before transferring to Georgia Southern and taking a redshirt year in 2018. In the 2017 he averaged 23 yards per return for a total of 1,059 yards.
PR Dominick Blaylock (Fr.), Walton
The only true freshman to make the All-Cobb roster, the 6-1, 195-pound Blaylock is projected by Athlon Sports to be Georgia’s starting return specialist. The speedy Blaylock could fill the hole left by skilled returner Mecole Hardman, who is now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs