SPRING HILL – Finley Jameson is often overlooked because of his stature on the football field, but it doesn’t take long before opponents recognize the Summit High School senior’s skillset and determination.
“Yep, he’s a bit smaller out there, but when other teams play against him, they understand how hard he plays very quickly,” Spartans football coach Brian Coleman said. “He’s undersized, but he’s all heart and his no-quit attitude has meant plenty of success.
“Let’s just say he plays a whole lot bigger than he is.”
Jameson, a 5-foot-8 middle linebacker and standout wrestler, is the anchor for the Summit defense. He’s come up with several turnovers and once again is a leader in tackles. He finished second on the team – by one tackle – last year when the Spartans reached a third consecutive state championship game.
For his dedication to his team and constant hard work grinding alongside his teammates, Jameson was named the latest Herff Jones Heart of the Team award winner.
Herff Jones has partnered with the Williamson Herald to highlight student-athletes like Jameson, and in addition to the recognition, he will be featured on a live broadcast from Tony’s Eat and Drink in Franklin Monday at 6 p.m. as part of the live “WillCo Sports Power Hour” broadcast.
Coleman said he can’t say enough good things about his senior leader.
“He’s just an all-around great kid,” he said. “Finley is a great role model for our guys, too, because he shows that if he can do it, anyone can.
“Plus, he leads. He’s not a ‘ra-ra’ kind of guy, but he can be vocal and the guys follow him.”
Early this season, Jameson picked up right where he left off last season by stopping Henry County running back Morgan Barrick for a loss in the season opener for the Spartans. He’s picked up several tackles for loss and intercepted a pass against Centennial.
Jameson’s presence has proven vital for a young team that lost all but three starters.
“Finley is the real deal and his heart and determination is an inspiration for all our guys,” Coleman said. “He does whatever it takes to find success and that’s just special to see.”
Jameson wrestled for a state championship in February to cap a memorable junior campaign. He’ll return to the mats again this season for the Spartans. The senior finds time to make it the wrestling room during the football season at least once a week in preparation.