57th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Legends Nix and Rogers to Coach Teams in 
14th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl 
High School All-Star Game
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A pair of former Memphis area high school head coaches will lead the teams in the 14th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Football Game presented by Conway Services/ARS and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. Tom Nix, former head coach at Christian Brothers High School, will coach the Blue Team. Former South Side High School head coach Glenn Rogers, Sr. will coach the Red Team. The All-Star Game will feature the top players from Shelby County Schools and private schools in the Memphis area.
 
 
The game will be played Saturday, December 12 at Memphis University School. Kickoff is at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost $10, for kids 6 and under the cost is $5. The All-Star Game will be broadcast on radio by 87.7 FM.
 
“The All-Star Game is now well established as one of the marquee events on the local high school scene,” said AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart. “With two legendary coaches from Memphis leading the teams, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has created over the past thirteen years.”
 
Tom Nix was a head coach in Memphis for 32 years, 3 seasons at Whitehaven High School (1953-55) and 29 years at CBHS (1956-1984). Nix won three Shelby County Championships (1953, 54, 56); six City of Memphis Championships (1957, 58, 63, 64, 65, 69); one City of Memphis Co-Championship (1966); four (MIAA Championships (1967, 68, 69, 70) and one TSSAA State Championship in 1977. In all, Nix had a career record of 239-79-7.
 
“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives Memphis a chance to showcase the abundance of talent in the Memphis area,” said Nix. “It gives many seniors one last opportunity to go out as a winner intheir final high school game if they didn’t win the state championship. It’s a great way to kick-off the activities for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”
 
Glenn Rogers, Sr. was a trailblazer his entire career as a player and coach. He was the first black football player at Humes High School and the first black football player at the University of Memphis.
 
Rogers served as head football coach at South Side for thirteen seasons (1976-88) developing such stars as his son Glenn Rogers, Jr. and Jerry Knowlton (University of Memphis), Carlton Peoples and Mark Studaway (University of Tennessee) and Frank Porter (Ole Miss). Rogers was named to the Vanguard Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2000 he received the Billy J. Murphy Award from the University of Memphis M Club.
 
“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives the fans an opportunity to see local talent that, in many cases, they have only heard or read about,” said Rogers. “Because of the exposure the game has created over the past years, there has been an increase in appreciation for the overall talent that Memphis and Shelby Countyhave at all levels.”
 
The All-Star teams will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of area head coaches and other football analysts.
 
Each player must have the recommendation of his coach and will be selected on the basis of his character, on-field achievement and classroom performance.
                                                               
Red Team Assistant Coaches: Glenn Rogers, Jr. – MUS, Will Hudgens – Houston H.S., Rahnmann Slocum – Southwind H.S., Joe Rocconi – White Station H.S., Greg Wallace – Northpoint Christian, Rodney Saulsberry – Whitehaven H.S.    
 
Blue Team Assistant Coaches: David Carter – St. George’s, Carl Coleman – Manassas H.S., Anthony Jones – Cordova H.S., Thomas McDaniel – CBHS, Carson Hunter – Rossville, Teli White – Trezevant H.S.
 
14th Annual
AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game
Presented By
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Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:30pm
Memphis University School - Stokes Stadium
Tickets: $10

 The 14th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game will be played on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:30pm. The game will feature the top high school seniors from TSSAA sanctioned high schools in the Memphis Metro Area. This year's all-star game is being presented by the Governor's Highway Safety Office and Conway Services/ARS.

Last year, the Blue Team defeated the Red Team, 45-39. The Blue Team leads the all-time series 7-6.

On National Signing Day 2015, thirty-eight (38) players from the 2014 AZLB High School All-Star Game signed a national letter of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers on the collegiate level. On National Signing Day 2014, thirty-three (33) players listed on the rosters for the 2013 AZLB High School All-Star Game signed a national letter of intent. On National Signing Day 2013, a record forty-six (46) all-star game participants from the 2012 game signed a national letter of intent. On National Signing Day 2012, thirty-four (34) all-star game participants from the 2011 game signed a national letter of intent. On National Signing Day 2011, twelve (12) all-star game participants signed a national letter of intent. In 2011, a total thirty (30) participants signed by the end of the signing period.

University of Memphis standout defensive lineman Dontari Poe, whose outstanding performance at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine led him to being drafted in the 1st round by the Kansas City Chiefs, played in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. At the NFL combine, Poe (a product of Wooddale High School) had the highest number of bench press reps of any player (44). He also ran a 4.98 in the 40-yard dash which is quite impressive for a 6’4”, 346 lbs defensive lineman. Through 6 games in the 2013 season, Poe has registered 21 tackles and 4.5 sacks for the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

O.C. Brown, the focal point of the 2012 Academy Award-winning documentary "Undefeated," participated in the 2009 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game following a successful prep career at Manassas High School. Brown, who originally signed with Southern Miss, transferred to Austin Peay State University the spring of 2012.

H.R. Greer, a standout fullback from SBEC, received very little attention from college recruiters before participating in the 2007 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. However, his performance in front of college coaches during the all-star game enabled him to earn a full scholarship to play at Ole Miss. Greer capped off his career with by being part of the senior class that helped the Rebels get back to the postseason.

During the 2010 NFL Draft, University of Tennessee standout defensive tackle Dan Williams was selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals (26th overall pick). Williams participated in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game after a successful prep career at East High School.

In 2009, University of Kentucky standout defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon was selected in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft by the Washington Redskins. Jarmon, a standout at Houston High School, participated in the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game. Jarmon also participated in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl as key member of a Kentucky team that defeated ECU in the 50th Anniversary game. 

 1st Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Blue 14, Red 9

December 14, 2002

Head Coaches:

Ken Netherland - Germantown HS (Red)

Al Cate - Central HS (Blue)

2nd Annual All-Star Game

Final Score: Blue 7, Red 6

December 13, 2003

Head Coaches:

Maurics Harris - Whitehaven HS (Red)

Wayne Randall - East HS (Blue) 

3rd Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Red 17, Blue 10

December 11, 2004

Head Coaches:

Terry Ryan - Frayser HS (Red)

Kevin Locastro - CBHS (Blue) 

4th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 7

December 10, 2005

Head Coaches:

Major Wright - White Station HS (Red)

Duron Sutton - Kingsbury HS (Blue) 

 5th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 13

December 9, 2006

Head Coaches:

Tim Haney - Houston HS (Red)

John Cooley - Ridgeway HS (Blue)

6th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Blue 24, Red 13

December 15, 2007

Head Coaches:

Rodney Saulsberry - Whitehaven HS (Red)

Jim Heinz - ECS (Blue)

7th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 0

December 13, 2008

Head Coaches:

Stan Collins - Whitehaven HS (Red)

Tommy Harrison - Millington HS (Blue)

8th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Blue 18, Red 14

December 12, 2009

Head Coaches:

Nathan Cole - Mitchell HS (Red)

Charlie White - Germantown HS (Blue)

9th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Red 17, Blue 14

December 11, 2010

Head Coaches:

Rahnmann Slocum - Fairley HS (Red)

Robert Armbruster - Bartlett HS (Blue) 

10th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Red 14, Blue 7

December 10, 2011

Head Coaches:

Devin Rutherford - White Station HS (Red)

Earl Lester - Kingsbury HS (Blue)

11th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Blue 58, Red 49

December 8, 2012

Head Coaches:

Marcus Wimberly - East HS (Red)

Chris Wiley - Arlington HS (Blue) 

12th Annual All-Star Game

 Final Score: Blue 43, Red 38

December 14, 2013

Head Coaches:

Lynord Crutchfield - Central HS (Red)

Chris Michael - Millington HS (Blue)

 
13th Annual All-Star Game
 
 Final Score: Blue 45, Red 39
 
December 13, 2014
 
Head Coaches:
 
Robby Donaldson - FACS (Red)
 
Cecil VanHooks - Craigmont HS (Blue)
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