By Gabriel Stovall
The 2015 football season is behind us. In fact, many squads have already started making preparations for 2016 with commencing of mat drills and weekly early morning workouts.
But Maxpreps.com still had some accolades to give out.
Among those receiving them was ELCA senior linebacker Chase Burdette who was named to the second team Small School All-American squad.
After a stellar senior season that saw Burdette register 151 total stops and 15 tackles for loss, the 6-foot, 225 pounder became one of just five Georgia football players to make the list, and the only one from the four-county Southern Crescent area.
Burdette’s big year helped him add to his ridiculous career total of over 500 tackles in his four years playing for the Chargers. In addition, Burdette had four forced fumbles and an interception as he anchored a Chargers defense that led them in 2015 to their second Class A championship in the last four seasons.
It was the latest in a long line of accolades for Burdette which included Henry County All-Area Player of the Year, Associated Press Class A Defensive Player of the Year and Georgia Sportswriters Association Class A Defensive Player of the Year.
Burdette wasn’t the only Southern Crescent player who turned heads across the nation this past season. Griffin freshman defensive tackle Tru Thompson was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American First Team MaxPreps Freshman All-American First Team after notching 38 tackles, seven solo stops, three tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound specimen gained media attention over the summer when he performed well enough at a camp at Florida State to warrant him a scholarship before he’d even started his ninth grade season at Griffin.
Thompson was one of five Georgians to land a spot on the first team roster.