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Lee is a finalist for Iron Man

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Lee was named one of 10 state finalists

By Ron Benningfield

Alex Lee, a senior running and defensive back on LaRue County’s Hawks football team, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Army Iron Man of the Year that honors Kentucky’s best two-way high school football players.

Lee, 6-1, 205 pounds, earned the week-three Army Iron Man of the Week after rushing for 104 yards with a touchdown and grabbing an interception in LaRue County’s 19-7 win over Shelby County.

“I was surprised, especially with our being such a small school, to be named a finalist, but I am happy that they named me,” said Lee who rushed for more than 800 yards this year after gaining 1200-plus last season. He’s been playing the sport since his freshman year and has started since he was a sophomore.

Josh Jaggers, Hawks’ defensive coordinator, said of Lee, “Offensively, Alex has been the one guy for the last three years that had the potential to take the ball and score anytime he touched it, from anywhere on the field.”

Jaggers said the coaches challenged Lee to improve his blocking this season and he answered it.

“The thing with almost all high school running backs is getting them to play hard when they don’t have the ball, carrying out their fakes and blocking,” Jaggers said. “Alex was no exception to this, but he really improved in this area during the season.”

The coach noted that Lee had a lot of duties on defense, playing outside linebacker as well as cornerback and safety.

“His speed and athleticism helped him set the corner in preventing a lot of teams from getting outside on us. He did a great job, for the most part, of forcing plays back to the inside,” said Jaggers.

Perhaps Lee helped the team the most, according to his coach, in a role that often goes unnoticed – special teams.  

“He was our punter and kick-off return man,” said Jaggers. “He really surprised us with his punting. I think he had an average of 34 yards per punt.”

Lee also returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

“Not too many people kicked it back there to him because he was a threat to take it for six,” Jaggers said.

Vote online

Lee received a T-shirt and plaque for being named one of 10 state finalists.  The state winner will be chosen by receiving the most votes from fans from across Kentucky who can vote online at www.TheSportsFlash.com. Voting ends at midnight Nov. 21.  

Jostens, Inc. and the U.S. Army have jointly designed a one-of-a-kind ring that will be presented to the U.S. Army Iron Man of the Year Award winner. The ring design can be seen at the SportsFlash site.

Lee, who also runs track, said he would like to win the ring and to continue playing football in college.   

The other Kentucky Iron Man finalists include Tavis Elzy – Collins; Brandon Green – Bowling Green; Jalen Harrington – Fern Creek; Ethan Kelly – Anderson County; Antonio McKinney – Iroquois; Brandon Shrout – Tates Creek; Kenneth Simmons – Western; Darius Skinner – George Rogers Clark; and Thomas Wilson – Meade County.