WATCH: Warrick Dunn Banquet returns as in-person gathering
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - WAFB’s Warrick Dunn Banquet to present the Sportsline Friday Nite Player of the Year returned Wednesday, April 13, after missing the 2021 in-person gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The former NFL star from Catholic High and Florida State returned to Baton Rouge and present his trophy to one of nine WD Award Finalists.
Chance Williams - Scotlandville RB
The final player attending the Warrick Dunn Award banquet for Sportsline Player of the Year is Scotlandville running back Chance Williams.
Dylan Sampson - Dutchtown RB
Dutchtown's Dylan Sampson is the eighth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award who will remind you a lot of the trophy's namesake.
Charles Robertson - Zachary WR
Two state champion wide receivers are up for Sportsline Player of the Year, including Charles Robertson from the Zachary Broncos.
Cole Poirrier - St. Amant QB
The sixth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award is St. Amant QB Cole Poirrier, who came through in the biggest moments.
Darren Morris - Southern Lab WR
After a couple of QBs, an RB, and an OL, a receiver and return specialist is now added as the fifth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award.
Emery Jones - Catholic OL
The fourth finalist for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award to be unveiled is Catholic High Bear and LSU signee, offensive lineman Emery Jones.
Angelo Izzard Jr. - Southern Lab QB
The first of two Southern Lab Kittens to make the list of 2021 Warrick Dunn Finalists is quarterback Angelo Izzard Jr. He led his team to the Div. IV Championship.
Marlon Gunn Jr. - Scotlandville RB
Scotlandville running back Marlonn Gunn Jr. is one of the nine finalists for the Warrick Dunn Award presented annually to the high school football player of the year.
Zeon Chriss - Madison Prep QB
Class 3A All-State quarterback Zeon Chriss from Madison Prep has been named the first of nine finalists for the 2021 Warrick Dunn Award.
Prior to the 2022 banquet, WAFB had honored 14 winners and 126 finalists since creating the award for the 2007 season, which was presented to former Lutcher Bulldog, UL-Lafayette quarterback, and LSU analyst Blaine Gautier.
Other Warrick Dunn Award winners include NFL Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins from Alabama and Dutchtown, former NFL and LSU running back Terrence Magee from Franklinton, former NFL and LSU linebacker Kendall Beckwith from East Feliciana, other former Tigers Nick Brossette and Lindsey Scott from U-High and Zachary, plus current Tiger defensive lineman Sai’vion Jones from St. James.
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