Cullman QB selected 5A Back of the Year

Tyler Caldwell led the Cullman Bearcats to the semifinals of the 5A state playoffs for the second season in a row before falling to state runner-up, Russellville in a tightly contested game. Caldwell set several state records over the course of his career at Cullman, and has all of them inside.

Tyler Caldwell is 6-2, 210-pound quarterback who is receiving interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Troy, UAB, Southern Miss, Army, Samford, JSU, and several other schools around the country. We take a look at the record setting QB from Cullman, (Ala.).

In Caldwell's senior season, he went 319-of-530 for 4,132 yards, 37 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. He also converted both two-point conversions attempted.

He averaged just over 295 yards per game, 13 yards per completion and a completion rate of 60.2 percent. Those numbers are impressive for a career, and Caldwell posted those during the 2008 season.

As a junior, Caldwell had very similar success as he passed for 2,979 yards while completing 243-of-376 pass attempts, with 37 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

His completion rate was even higher at near 65-percent with average yards per reception coming in at 12.3, and an average of 213 yards per game.

Caldwell played in 14 games each of his last two seasons, but he only started four games as a sophomore. The Cullman coaching staff knew they had found a special player when he connected on 69-of-111 passes for 958-yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.

The following is a list of Honors and Awards Caldwell has received during his career.

2007 All-State Honorable Mention, Class 5A
2007 All-Cullman County, 1st team
2008 All-State 1st team, Class 5A
2008 Back of the year, Class 5A

AHSAA All-Time Records:

1st, most completions in a single game, 42 vs. Mountain Brook High School
1st, yards in a single season, 4,132-yards
1st, most completions in a single season, 319
1st, most pass attempts in a season, 530
8th, touchdown passes in a season, 37
7th, touchdowns passes in a career, 82
3rd, career yards passing, 9,069
2nd, in career completions, 631
3rd, in career pass attempts, 1,017

Cullman's Coach Mark Britton talked about his talented signal caller.

"First of all, Tyler is a fine young man. He has been great to coach over the past three years," Coach Britton said. "He started four games for us as a sophomore, and we knew we had ourselves a quarterback at that point."

"He led us to the semifinals as a junior, and again as a senior. We graduated almost our entire offense – we had one returning wide receiver, one running back, and Tyler as a senior this season. He makes guys around him better, which is one of his best attributes as a player."

"He set a lot of AHSAA records this season, which puts him in the company of JaMarcus Russell and other great quarterbacks from our state. The state of Alabama has produced some very good quarterbacks, and that says a lot for him to be mentioned along with those guys. But, he has all the intangibles that make him a great player."

Coach Britton recalls one instance that sets Caldwell apart from a lot of quarterbacks, in his opinion.

"We played Hartselle in the fifth game of the season last year, and Tyler fractured his wrist on his throwing hand. He not only finished the game, but he played nine more games with a fractured wrist before he finally took a hit in the semifinal game against Briarwood that finished breaking his wrist," Coach Britton recalled.

"He had surgery on that wrist after last season, and he came back even stronger this year. He is a very tough kid – about as tough as they come to play through some injuries he had during his career."

"On the field he is an extension of the coaching staff. He knows exactly what we want to do, and what play to get us in to be successful. He works hard to be able to make those calls on the field for us, and that has been another part of his game that is amazing to me. He is a special player, a very special young man."

Coach Ty Campbell is the quarterback coach at Cullman High School, and he also had high praise for his senior signal caller.

"I think Tyler is a very special talent," he said. "It has been a joy to coach him and watch him grow as a player and as a young man."

Coach Campbell updated Caldwell's recruitment.

"Ole Miss is still looking at an offer along with Vanderbilt. Troy is still showing some interest, but Tyler is more of a pocket passer, and I think they want to stay with a dual-threat quarterback. UAB talks like they might offer him, and Coach Sullivan(Samford) have said he will offer him along with Valdosta State and some smaller schools," Campbell stated.

"I think someone is missing out on a very good quarterback if they don't offer Tyler," Coach Campbell said in closing.

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