You never know which players will emerge each high school football season.
From underclassmen to seniors, from top prospects to players who’ve greatly increased their production, here are 35 players from around Nashville who are enjoying breakout seasons in 2022.
Jack Risner, Blackman, Sr., QB: Risner wasn’t exactly a secret, but he’s almost surpassed his eight-game total from last year with 1,628 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions through six games.
George MacIntyre, Brentwood Academy, So., QB: MacIntyre was on the sideline as a freshman, but now he’s in the spotlight. He’s the No. 2 quarterback in the country for the 2025 class, per247Sports, and has 1,280 yards passing (70% completions), 13 TDs and one INT through six games.
Deuce Scott, Brentwood Academy, Sr., RB: Scott’s been around, but he’s commanding more attention than ever. He has 642 yards rushing and 11 TDs.
Justyce Law, Beech, Jr., QB: Stepping out of his sophomore season, Law’s been able to keep the Buccaneers moving (19-39, 262 yards, 2 TDs, INT) with help from receivers Jordan Lee and Reese Flowers.
Mose Phillips III, Cane Ridge, Sr., WR/DB: Phillips is putting in more work on both sides. He has 339 yards receiving and 6 TDs to go with 27.5 tackles and two INTs on defense.
Hutson Chance, Christ Presbyterian, So., RB: Not far removed from his freshman year, Chance is second on the team with 6 TDs.
Brendan Jones, Centennial, Sr., QB: Jones has taken the reins as a senior, with 1,058 passing yards, 11 TDs and three INTs.
Montae Baldwin, Columbia Academy, So., RB: In his sophomore campaign, he’s pitched in 657 yards rushing and eight TDs.
Dada Sweatt, Creek Wood, Sr., RB: As a senior, he’s been reliable, with 100 carries for 588 yards and five TDs.
Wes Harper, Davidson Academy, So, WR: The young receiver has compiled 406 yards receiving and four TDs.
Tre’Quan Waters, East Nashville, Sr., RB: After moving from linebacker Waters has filled a big hole in East Nashville’s run game, averaging more than 150 yards.
JoJo Crump, Father Ryan, Jr., QB: Filling the starting spot for the first time, Crump has thrown for 1,065 yards and 11 TDs.
Hayden Penrod, Harpeth, Jr., QB: After throwing for 509 yards in eight games last season, Penrod has 662 yards passing, seven TDs and three rushing scores.
Brewer Wilson, Franklin, So., QB: He has stepped into the spot at a young age, but Wilson is doing fine with 1,043 yards passing and 5 TDs.
Ty Clark, Franklin Road Academy, Jr., RB: Clark was a backup last year but started this season averaging 200 yards in four games. He has 858 yards rushing and 10 TDs.
Brock Montgomery, Friendship Christian, Jr., WR: Maybe you knew of Montgomery as a sophomore, but his increased numbers are helping fuel Friendship Chrisitan’s offense. He’s close to matching his numbers from last year with 25 catches for 662 yards and nine TDs through six weeks.
Garrett Weekly, Friendship Christian, Sr., QB: Weekly has kicked Friendship Christian’s offense into overdrive (40.3 ppg) because of improved play. He’s already up to 1,047 yards passing and 12 TDs with two interceptions, to go with 336 yards rushing and 9 TDs. He threw for 1,562 yards, 20 TDs and eight INTs last year.
Nolan Carson, Greenbrier, Jr., QB: After entering as the starter midway through last season, Carson’s finding his footing. He had a three-TD game against Glencliff last week and the Bobcats have already matched last year’s win total.
Bryan Longwell, Lipscomb Academy, Sr., LB: An unknown name last year, Longwell has 47 tackles and 10 for loss through five games.
Hank Brown, Lipscomb Academy, Sr., QB: Brown solidified a commitment to Liberty over the summer and has thrown for 1,151 yards and 16 TDs after stepping in for Luther Richesson.
Kade Davis, Montgomery Central, Sr., defensive tackle: As a senior, he’s averaging 9 sacks a game with 54 total. He recorded one tackle in three games last season.
Kanyon Conner, Montgomery Central, So., strong safety: One year removed from his freshman year Carter is second on the team with 58 tackles.
Jared Curtis, Nashville Christian, Fr., QB: The freshman solidified the starting job in recent weeks and is up to 818 yards passing, eight TDs and one INT.
Dylan Northcutt, Nolensville, Jr., WR: On a team stacked with receivers, Northcutt is averaging more than 15 yards per catch (416 total) and has six TDs.
Khameron Athy, Northeast, Jr., RB: He’s already surpassed his sophomore production with 750 yards and 12 TDs.
T.T. Hill, Oakland, So., WR: Hill is a weapon on the ground and in the air, and he’s second on the team in touchdowns (7) after playing sparingly.
C.J. Puckett, Oakland, Sr., RB: Overshadowed by stars Jordan James and Antonio Patterson last year, Puckett is part of the Patriots’ new platoon of skill players. He has 7 TDs.
Josh Mailander, Pope Prep, Sr., WR/DB: The California move-in leads the Knights with 480 yards receiving and 7 TDs, to go with five INTs on defense.
Colin Hurd, Page, Sr., QB: Hurd had to replace a 3,500-yard passer in Jake McNamara. He’s responded with games like last week (320 yards passing, 2 TDs) and the Patriots are averaging 31.8 points, just two less than last year.
Robbie Daniel, Rockvale, Sr., RB/LB: Daniel is used to doing it all with the Rockets, but he’s taken it to the next level. He has 44 tackles and two interceptions on defense to go with 513 yards from scrimmage and three TDs.
Arion Carter, Smyrna, Sr., LB/RB: Carter’s recruitment took off early in the year, with offers from Tennessee, Alabama, USC, Oregon, LSU and Michigan adding to his lengthy list. The Memphis commitment has 38 tackles and three sacks.
Keimarian Flair, Springfield, Sr., WR: After not playing football his first three years of high school, the 6-foot-4 basketball standout leads the Yellow Jackets with 293 yards receiving and three TDs.
Easton Elliot, Waverly, Sr., RB: He produced last year but is on pace for a special senior season with 1,277 yards and 17 TDs in six games.
Hobby Griffin, Waverly, Jr., QB: Replacing Mr. Football finalist Jacob Dooley, Griffin is off to a good start with 815 yards passing, eight touchdowns and one INT.
Malaki Dowell, White County, Sr., RB: He is having the best breakout year of anyone around. Dowell turned heads with a 472-yard, seven-touchdown performance against Cookeville and now has 1,834 yards and has 26 TDs in six games.