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December 18, 2002

Culberson top player, Thrasher top coach on All-Metro team

From: Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS - 18 Dec 2002

By Robert Wilson

Provine senior free safety/wide receiver Quinton Culberson was named The Clarion-Ledger Metro Football Player of the Year Wednesday night at The Clarion-Ledger/Trustmark Metro Player of the Week Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Culberson had 64 tackles and three interceptions on defense and caught 22 passes for 430 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense and led the Rams to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Class 4A playoffs.

Kent Hull of Greenwood, the former Mississippi State star and four-time Super Bowl participant for the Buffalo Bills, was the guest speaker at the banquet.

Also, Joseph Thrasher of Mississippi School for the Deaf was named The Clarion-Ledger Metro Football Coach of the Year. The 23-year-old Vancleave High and Belhaven College graduate led the Bulldogs to their second straight national eight-man deaf championship and a 6-0 record with an average victory margin of 45 points.

Each of the 15 Players of the Week chosen during the 2002 season by The Clarion-Ledger staff were honored at the banquet.

The players of the week: Daniel Wheat of University Christian, Kyle Sephton of Brandon, Ben James of Jackson Academy, Wally Cummins of Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Jeremy Shook of Northwest Rankin, Geoffrey Gray of Callaway, T. Mac Howard of Northwest Rankin, Ro' Derrick Brown of Mississippi School for the Deaf, Jeremy Young of Provine, Paul Cavett of Clinton, Joseph Hawkins of Murrah, Chris Johnson of Murrah, Eric McVey of Jackson Prep, Matthew Stewart of Puckett and Terrell Jackson of Puckett.

Cummins was the only player to receive the award twice.

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