Football guru Murphy Fair has released his preseason All-State Teams for Tennessee. There is a familiar name on the 5A roster. Rising senior Cougar quarterback Zach Rutherford has made the list. Rutherford had a stellar junior year and led the Cougars to the playoffs with his arm, which is rapidly becoming legendary.
Last season Rutherford put up huge numbers for the Cougars this year. The junior quarterback was 247-363 passing on the year. He had 3,335 yards through the air. He threw 31 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions. The Rutherford led offense was third best in school history with 4,678 total yards and 377 total points on the year. He broke former Cougar All-State quarterback Ethan Jeffers records for passing attempts and passing yards in a season.
This year Rutherford will have another chance to add to these numbers as the Cougars appear to have reloaded their offensive weapons. Rutherford is poised to break even more records this season and could very well lead the team to yet another shot at the TSSAA playoffs.