Caleb McAnally named to second All-State team

Published 9:11 am Monday, January 9, 2012

For the second year in a row, T.R. Miller Tiger offensive lineman Caleb McAnally has been named to the class 3A All State football team.

McAnally, a 6-0, 262 pound senior offensive lineman at T.R. Miller, helped guide the Tigers to a 9-3 record this season and helped the Tigers advancing to the second round of the AHSAA state playoffs before losing 21-19 to eventual state champion Handley.

He is the first Tiger to make the list as a first-teamer in back-to-back years since 2001 when Tigers Patrick Byrne and Rayvon Howard made the team in 2000 and 2001.

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“It’s a great accomplishment and it’s a honor to be mentioned in such a high class of players and it feels good to be listed as one of those players,” McAnally said.

McAnally, who has playing football since seventh grade, said playing football at T.R. Miller is special.

“It’s really something special and it’s a great tradition,” he said. “T.R. Miller has great legacy and the best thing about playing for T.R. Miller is the atmosphere between the whole town, the fans, the coaches and actually being up under the Friday night lights. It’s just such a great feeling.”

Four schools are currently recruiting McAnally.

“I’m currently being recruited by Belhaven, Lagrange, West Alabama and Furman,” he said. “I plan to go on to a four-year college and play football where ever I go. I plan to go into the medical field and probably work my way up to be a RN.”

McAnally said being about to play college football would mean everything to him.

“It would mean everything in the world to me because football has been such a passion to me,” he said. “I would really love to continue it on after high school. It has been a great opportunity to play for such a great program and it has been the best four years of my life and I’m really going to miss it.”

McAnally is the son of Gerald and Sharon McAnally and Lisa McAnally.