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Eye on the Gridiron:  Stu leads Stars defense
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
Jun 19, 2014 | 109 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There might not be a harder hitting linebacker in the area than Stuart Dickerson, and his numbers prove it, not how many tackles he’s accumulated over three years, but the number of players that limped off the field after one of his hits. I stopped counting at five. In his senior season, Dickerson has made plans to be one of the most feared players in the division this year, but most importantly a championship would mean the most. “Nothing would make me more happy than a ring on my finger,” Dickerson said.

At 5’11, 200 pounds, Dickerson, 17, has been one of the leaders on the Stars defense since coming into the spotlight his sophomore season.

Last year, Dickerson led the Stars with 96 tackles, and the year before he led the Stars with 90 stops. Last year he saw time at the fullback position and was a bruising runner for the Stars.

In 2013, the Stars finished the season at 7-4 and proved as they could compete in the Class AA ranks. The Stars made a first round playoff appearance but lost in an overtime game to Indianola Academy.

After dominating the North A for the past eight seasons, the Stars continued their domination in a district that consisted of teams like Indianola, Lee Academy, North Delta and Kirk.

This year Ken Chandler is the new head coach for the Stars, and he feels confident that Dickerson will finish where he left off.

“He plays like a man,” Chandler said. “He’s a really strong kid, and he plays with a high motor.”

For Dickerson, Chandler is just what the Stars need this season to make that strong run toward a championship.

“He’s a vocal coach and he’s stressing strengthening,” Dickerson. “I like his charisma and that fact that he is very loud. I see myself as being that vocal leader as well. Pushing some of the younger guys to get more and dig for that 110 percent.”

In the offensive back field, Dickerson said he plans to give the team what they need offensively. Of course on the defensive side of the ball, Dickerson is locked in on being that leader on defense. His effort on defense hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Dickerson said he’s received letters from a few major Division 1 colleges who have shown interest in him.

“Of course I’m excited about that, but my focus is on this season,” Dickerson said. “Like any player, I would love to play at the next level.”

Dickerson is the son of Bobby and Cindy Dickerson.

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