Southeast senior Rashad Person, the area’s leading rusher this past fall with 1,223 yards, has become the first Raider to be named North Georgia’s Coca-Cola Red Zone Player of the Year.

Person will talk about the honors, his future plans and his senior season with Chattanooga-based WGOW-1230 FM’s Scott McMahan today at 4 p.m.

“I was pretty surprised,” Person said. “There’s a lot of competition around here for something like that, and it felt good to be named.”

Person led the Raiders to their best season in 13 years, recording eight 100-yard games and scoring 16 touchdowns. He also made contributions as a defensive back and kick returner, and even handled kickoffs when teammate Samir Padilla went down with an injury.

“It’s a very well-deserved honor for Rashad,” said former Raiders coach Chip Kell, who was dismissed following the team’s 4-6 season. “He totally played to his talent level. He’s an outstanding runner, receiver, defensive back and all-around player.”

Person said he retains some good memories of his senior season, but wished he and his teammates could have posted the school’s first winning season since 1986.

“I was proud of how it went,” he said. “But I would have liked to achieve more. A 4-6 record wasn’t too good for me.”

Troy State, Cumberland College, Tennessee Tech and West Georgia are among the schools recruiting Person, who is taking the next several weeks to mull his options.



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