Class 6A Mr. Football: Jett Johnson
School: Tupelo High School
Position: Middle Linebacker
Led the Golden Wave to an 11-1 record and a second straight unbeaten regular season … Keyed defense in 2017 with 146 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 3 caused fumbles … Also saw action on offense as H-Back in certain personnel groupings … Credited with team-high 119 tackles to go with 5 TFLs, 2 INTs and 2 fumble recoveries as a junior … Collected 155 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 interceptions and 5 caused fumbles as a sophomore and converted quarterback … Also started as a junior for basketball team … Selected for Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic … Committed to Mississippi State University.
Tupelo coach Trent Hammond says:
“Jett does a very good job of reading the play and seeing what’s happening. He doesn’t waste a lot off energy, and, as you like to see from a defensive guy, he doesn’t fall for what we call eye candy. He does a really good job of taking stuff from drills and workouts and transitioning those things in the ballgame. And Jett does the extra work, too. He’s going to be the first one to arrive and the last to leave. He just always seemed to be in the right place for our defense. When we needed to make a play at crunch time, he was the guy who would find the football.”