Lead blocker for one of Nashville’s leading rushers, Andrew (Drew) Montgomery found himself in the spotlight Monday.
The Overton High senior fullback/linebacker was named the recipient of the 67th annual Hume Award of the Rotary Club of Nashville after a luncheon at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.
“This is overwhelming,” said the 5-9, 220-pound fireplug type of runner blocked for Montez Humphrey, who had about 1,500 yards rushing. “I want to thank Coach (Terry) Anderson, who was like a father away from home, as well as my teammates. Many of the other finalists had great credentials.”
The award, which was initiated in 1944 is presented to a Metro Nashville football player who excels in academics, sportsmanship as well as athletic ability.
“In a way, I was kind of like a faster offensive lineman, although I’m not as big as some of those guys,” Montgomery, who was one of the key parts of an Overton team which reached the playoffs and finished 8-3 after a loss to Blackman, said.
Two of the colleges he is most interested in are Carson-Newman and Columbia.
“I’d probably play linebacker at Carson-Newman,” Alexander, a three-year starter and four-year letterman, said. “Also, it would be special to attend Columbia, a very strong academic school.”
Asked what profession he would like to pursue, Montgomery said, “I’m interested in becoming a criminal lawyer. Maybe like Johnny Cochran,” he added, laughing.
Montgomery became the 12th Overton player to win the Hume award, with the first being Jack Chandler in 1975.
“I spoke with Bryan Hartzell (the Hume winner two years ago), he was a senior teammate of mine, and he told me kind of what to expect.”
Overton assistant coach Mike Morrison introduced Montgomery and his family in presentations, as Anderson had a conflict.
“That’s twice I’ve done that, and both times, we had the winner of the award,” said Morrison who made introductory remarks for Jacob Coleman in 2002. “I’ve gone 2-for-2.”
Other finalists included:
• Tez Vestal of Hillsboro, an all-around standout offensive/defensive player and kick returner for the Burros.
• Steven Lillard of Hunters Lane, team captain, who had a 3.3 GPA in honors programs and is interested in attending Kentucky to study physical therapy.
• Kody McKinley of McGavock who has a 3.5 GPA, taking mostly honors course. He passing for 1,800 yards for the 8-3 Raiders. He is interested in Tusculum and Hanover (Ind.) for college.
•Jestin Williams, Pearl-Cohn: Versatile standout played safety, linebacker, defensive end and also backup QB for Firebirds who reached the quarterfinals of 3A playoffs.
Metro director of athletics Roosevelt Sanders made the presentation.