Tanner, Ala. (al.com) - Alabama got on the Chadarius Townsend train early.
The Crimson Tide became the first SEC school to offer Tanner's dual-threat, rising junior quarterback today. Townsend (6-foot, 180 pounds) ran for 1,571 yards and 20 touchdowns on 153 carries, and threw for 857 yards and 18 scores last season in his first season starting under center. He was named All-Tennessee Valley honorable mention.
Townsend helped lead Tanner to a 10-3 record and the Class 2A quarterfinals, where the Rattlers lost to eventual state champion Fyffe. He was a member of Tanner's 2013 state championship team as a freshman. He ran three times for nine yards, returned three kicks for 46 yards and recorded five tackles in the Rattlers' 21-13 win over Washington County.
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