Video: Cameron Thomas - 2019 Highlights
See the Picayune running back and Player of the Year in action.
Cameron Thomas posted the greatest rushing performance in state history and led Picayune to the best record in school history. Those credentials make him the player of the year on the MaxPreps Mississippi All-State Team.
Thomas rushed for 3,517 yards in 15 games, breaking the previous state record of 3,411 set by Noah Ingram of Ruleville in 1999. In doing so, Thomas finished tied with Jalen White of Daleville (Ala.) for the national rushing yardage lead. Thomas also led Picayune to the Class 5A state championship game and a 14-1 record. Athough Picayune fell to West Point in the state finals, the 14 wins is a school record.
Chris Cutcliffe of Oxford is the state coach of the year. He guided the Chargers to a 14-1 record, tied for the best mark in the school history, and won the Class 6A state championship. The title is the first in the nearly 100 years that Oxford has fielded a football team.
SUDDENLINK BY ALTICE MISSISSIPPI ALL-STATE
QB — Ty Keyes, Taylorsville, 6-0, 180, Jr.
Class 2A offensive player of the year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). Led the state in passing yardage with 3,721 and touchdowns with 41. Heading into his senior year, Keyes has 12,019 yards and 125 career touchdowns.QB — Will Rogers, Brandon, 6-2, 200, Sr.
Class 6A offensive player of the year by the MAC. Led Class 6A in passing yardage with 3,608 yards (247 of 371) with 38 touchdowns.RB — Cameron Thomas, Picayune, 5-7, 155, Sr.
Class 5A offensive player of the year by the MAC. Rushed for a state best 3,517 yards on 291 carries with 48 touchdowns.RB — Kentrel Bullock, Columbia, 5-10, 195, Sr.
First team Class 3A by the MAC, Bullock rushed for 1,966 yards and 30 touchdowns.WR — Dallas Payne, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis), 6-4, 190, Sr.
Led the state in receptions with 85 and finished with 1,231 yards and 17 touchdowns. Named All-Class 4A by the MAC.WR — Deion Smith, Provine (Jackson), 6-1, 175, Sr.
A Class 5A all-state choice, Smith caught 43 passes for 1,059 yards and a state best 19 touchdowns.TE — Jeremiah Pegues, Oxford, 6-3, 285, Sr.
Class 6A all-state selection by the MAC, Pegues led Oxford to a Class 6A state title and caught 33 passes for 500 yards and four touchdowns.OL — Eli Acker, Heritage Academy (Columbus), 6-6, 285, Sr.
Headed to Ole Miss, Acker was selected to the MAIS all-star game.OL — Xavier Hill, Olive Branch, 6-3, 325, Sr.
A member of the Clarion Ledger's preseason Dandy Dozen, Hill made Class 6A all-state by the MAC and is headed to LSU.OL — Trenton Jackson, Oak Grove (Hattiesburg), 6-0, 300, Sr.
First team Class 6A all-state by the MAC, Jackson has also been chosen to play in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game.OL — Davion Carter, Pearl, 6-2, 275, Sr.
Will play in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game and was a Class 6A all-state choice by the MAC.OL — Trey Tuggle, Mize, 6-5, 315, Sr.
Headed to Tulane, Tuggle was Class 2A all-state by the MAC. Selected to play for Team Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game.AP — An'Darius Coffey, Winona, 6-0, 181, Sr.
Class 3A offensive player of the year by the MAC. Coffey threw for 2,064 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,665 yards and 24 touchdowns.K — Jack Tannehill, Oxford, 5-7, 160, Jr.
The state leader in field goals with 12 and a long of 48 yards. Also perfect on extra points with 38 out of 38.DL — McKinnley Jackson, George County (Lucedale), 6-2, 327, Sr.
Class 6A defensive player of the year by the MAC. Had 76 tackles, 37 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. The No. 1 recruit in Mississippi by 247 Sports.DL — Josaih Hayes, Horn Lake, 6-3, 296, Sr.
Named Class 6A all-state by the MAC, Hayes has recently decommitted from Ole Miss.DL — Montra Edwards, Holmes County Central (Lexington), 6-3, 288, Sr.
A Class 5A all-state selection, Edwards had 134 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.DL — Jevon Banks, Olive Branch, 6-2, 260, Sr.
A Class 6A all-state pick, Banks will also play in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game. He also had 98 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and an interception.LB — Kade Turnage, Picayune, 6-0, 205, Sr.
Class 5A defensive player of the year by the MAC. Had 125 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and an interception.LB — Carter Bonds, Corinth, 5-10, 205, Sr.
Class 4A defensive player of the year by the MAC. He had 178 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and three sacks.LB — Zihenryon Perry, Brandon, 6-2, 235, Sr.
Led the state in tackles with 226, including nine sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Selected to the Class 6A all-state team.DB — Tyrese Hopkins, Starkville, 6-2, 215, Sr.
Had 92 tackles and 15 tackles for loss to go with one interception. Also earned Class 6A all-state honors.DB — Emmanuel Forbes Jr., Grenada, 6-1, 171, Sr.
Picked off eight passes and had 51 tackles in earning Class 5A all-state honors.DB — Jalen Hall, Picayune, 6-1, 185, Sr.
Had seven interceptions and 41 tackles while making the Class 5A all-state team.DB — Cameron Threatt, Lewisburg (Olive Branch), 5-11, 165, Sr.
A Class 6A all-state pick, Threatt had 109 tackles and four interceptions.AP — Janari Dean, South Panola (Batesville), 6-0, 175, Sr.
Earned Class 6A all-state honors as a running back by the MAC. Also being recruited by Mississippi State as a safety. Rushed for 1,606 yards this year.P — Tanner Gillis, Lewisburg, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Averaged 39.5 yards per punt with 19 inside the 20. He was named Class 6A all-state by the MAC.
QB — Damon Stewart, Oak Grove, 6-1, 175, Sr.
First team Class 6A all-state by the MAC, Stewart led Oak Grove to state championship game and threw for 3,049 yards and 37 touchdowns on the year.QB — Philip Short, Madison-Ridgeland Academy (Madison), 6-2, 205, Sr.
Led MRA to the MAIS Class 6A state championship. He threw for 3,545 yards and 31 touchdowns with just four interceptions.RB — Trey Benson, St. Joseph (Greenville), 6-0, 210, Sr.
Helped lead St. Joseph to a 13-0 record and a MAIS Class 3A state title by rushing for 1,763 yards on just 110 carries (16.2) with 28 total touchdowns.RB — Ahmad Johnson, Pelahatchie, 6-2, 210, Sr.
Rushed for 2,586 yards and 41 touchdowns while earning Class 2A all-state honors by the MAC.WR — Ashton Nickelberry, Brandon, 5-11, 170, Sr.
The Class 6A all-state choice was among the state receiving leaders with 66 catches for 1,196 yards and 14 touchdowns. WR — Alex Adams, South Pike (Magnolia), 6-1, 175, Sr.
The top-ranked WR in the state by 247 Sports, Adams earned Class 4A all-state honors by the MAC. He caught 34 passes for 859 yards (25.3 average) with 10 touchdowns.TE — TJ Anderson, West Point, 6-1, 215, Sr.
Helped lead West Point to a state title, catching 20 passes for 489 yards and three touchdowns. Earned Class 5A all-state honors.OL — Jack McKenzie, Parklane Academy (McComb), 6-4, 305, Sr.
Selected to the MAIS All-Star Game, McKenzie will play at the University of Louisiana next year.OL — Jonquez Roby, West Point, 6-1, 275, Sr.
Made the Class 5A all-state team for the state champions. Also selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game.OL — Deonta Reed, Picayune, 6-0, 351, Sr.
Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game, Reed was Class 5A all-state pick.OL — Justin Lairy, Madison Central (Madison), 6-4, 260, Sr.
Will play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game and was a Class 6A all-state pick.OL — Bryce Parkerson, Neshoba Central (Philadelphia), 6-4, 320, Sr.
Class 5A all-state selection by the MAC and also selected to the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game.AP — Khi Holiday, Tupelo Christian Prep (Belden), 5-9, 145, Jr.
Class 1A offensive player of the year by the MAC. Led the state in total yards, passing for 3,261 yards and 38 touchdowns and rushing for 1,437 yards and 20 touchdowns.K — Shane Lasher, Olive Branch, 5-9, 161, Sr.
Booted 10 field goals, with a long of 43 yards, and was also perfect on extra points, kicking 37.DL — Armondous Cooley, Wayne County (Waynesboro), 6-4, 280, Sr.
The Class 5A all-state selection had 84 tackles and seven sacks.DL — Robert Spearmon, West Point, 6-2, 265, Sr.
Selected to the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game, Spearmon was Class 5A all-state and had 70 total tackles with three sacks and 11 tackles for loss.DL — Walter Nolen, Olive Branch, 6-2, 280, So.
On the radar of most SEC teams, Nolen had 92 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 21 hurries.DL — Jaylan Ware, Starkville, 6-1, 290, Sr.
All-Class 6A selection had 94 tackles, five sacks and 23 tackles for loss.LB — Kiyon Williams, Oxford, 6-1, 235, Sr.
The Class 6A all-state selection had 127 tackles, 26 hurries, and eight sacks.LB — Jakivuan Brown, Horn Lake, 6-3, 225, Sr.
Ole Miss is the future home of Brown, who earned Class 6A all-state honors.LB — Markis Middleton, Jefferson Davis County (Bassfield), 6-0, 155, Sr.
Class 3A defensive player of the year by the MAC. Had 106 tackles and three interceptions.DB — Deon Biggins, Horn Lake, 6-1, 170, Sr.
Class 6A all-state selection and a member of the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game roster.DB — Justin Walley, D'Iberville, 5-10, 160, Jr.
Class 6A all-state pick by the MAC, Walley had 74 tackles and an interception.DB — Jamison Kelly Jr., Columbia, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game and is a Class 3A all-state selection.DB — Jacolby Williams, Baldwyn, 6-0, 170, Sr.
Led the state in interceptions with 11. That included three touchdown returns and he also earned Class 1A all-state honors while catching 57 passes for 1,215 yards with 23 total touchdowns.AP — Raheem Hathorn, Noxapater, 6-3, 210, Sr
Class 1A defensive player of the year by the MAC. Had 1,294 yards rushing on offense and 120 tackles with 23 tackles for loss on defense.P — Braden Luke, West Lauderdale (Collinsville), 5-10, 225, Sr.
Averaged 40.4 yards per kick and was Class 4A all-state by the MAC. Also had 28 touchbacks on kickoffs.