Lynn quarterback Meeks breaks all-purpose yardage record
by W. Brian Hale
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Lynn senior quarterback Brody Meeks has set the state record for all-purpose yards. Meeks broke the mark previously held by Hamilton’s Mitch Stults. Meeks, who is also closing in on the total offensive yards record, has 12,403 all-purpose yards with three games left on the schedule this season. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Lynn senior quarterback Brody Meeks has set the state record for all-purpose yards. Meeks broke the mark previously held by Hamilton’s Mitch Stults. Meeks, who is also closing in on the total offensive yards record, has 12,403 all-purpose yards with three games left on the schedule this season. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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LYNN — Lynn Bears senior quarterback Brody Meeks has made his mark in Alabama High School Football history numerous times during his career, but none can compare to his latest accomplishment — breaking the state’s all-purpose yards record.

Meeks, who has been under center for the Bears for a half of a decade, shattered the record of 11,659 yards held by Hamilton’s Mitch Stults in recent weeks and currently has 12,403 all-purpose yards heading into Friday night’s game with the Parrish Tornadoes — numbers he can certainly add to with three contests left in the regular season.

His journey to a record-breaking career began under difficult circumstances — not unlike the climb to the top of the record book.

On Oct. 23, 2009, Meeks was an eighth-grade quarterback playing behind veteran senior quarterback Tyson Jones, watching his team trail 15-0 to the Hubbertville Lions in a game that would decide third place in the Class 1A, Region 7 playoff picture.

Although Lynn had scored a touchdown to cut the lead to 15-6, Jones was injured on the play — leaving the coaching staff to turn to Meeks to take over at quarterback.

He quickly showed his coaches had made the right decision, running into the end zone for the two-point conversion, then helping the Bears take the lead with a touchdown run for a 16-15 edge. Lynn would go on to win the game, 23-15 and Meeks held the starting spot at quarterback the following week against archrival Addison — a clash the Bears won 12-0.

His trek through history — which also included three trips to the state playoffs, being named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State Team and a run as the top-ranked team in the state in 2011 — may have started with a bang, with fans and coaches foretelling of a stellar career for the young quarterback, but Meeks never thought his future held such promise.

“A lot of people told me that I was going to be a great player, but I never envisioned that I’d break a state record,” Meeks said.

“I thought I’d just be another Lynn football player who was part of the program. I honestly never thought about being in the record books that much, it was my goal to go out every week and help us win, as well as get better — but it will be wonderful to look at and smile upon.”

Lynn assistant football coach Brad Alsup has coached Meeks since he was a seventh-grade star on the Bears’ middle-school squad.

Recalling the night Meeks took over at quarterback in 2009, Alsup stated that he never imagined a record-breaking career for him, but knew that something special was in store for the eighth-grade enigma.

“Looking at Brody when he began his career here — taking into account his small size and inexperience at the varsity level — if someone would have told me he would be a record-breaking player I don’t think I’d believe them. At the same time, we all knew he was a very unique talent,” Alsup said. “I only had one year to coach him at the middle school because his talent and potential was so good that we knew we had to get him into varsity action. From the day he started working with the varsity, we knew he was a special kid with a special gift, but I don’t think any of us thought he would be as amazing as he is.”

Meeks’ record-breaking may not be finished before his senior season concludes. He is currently on track to break the total offensive yards record, needing just 752 yards to break the mark held by Susan Moore’s Zach Smith. Meeks has 10,514 yards to Smith’s 11,216.

He also has surpassed current Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston’s career touchdown mark of 103 to place sixth in the record books at 105.

The record-setting career, as well as Meeks’ exploits on the field leads Alsup to believe that he will go down as being one of the greatest football players the program has ever produced.

“We’ve had incredible athletes that have their names in record books and are part of the history and tradition here at Lynn. Names like Todd Tittle, Todd Ingle, Dustin and Lee Cagle hold great respect and admiration in our program — Brody’s name will be etched alongside of those names, if not at the top of the list,” Alsup said.

“One of the most remarkable qualities that also will make him a great is that he’s conscious of others — he’s quick to give praise to linemen, receivers and his teammates. He’s so very kind to young kids who want to be around and talk to him as well. He’s just a quality young man and a great representative of Lynn High School.”

Reflecting on his career at Lynn, Meeks said his final season has been bittersweet — with fond memories of past and current teammates and the battles they’ve fought together serving as warm reminders for the future — but also sadness because his time with the Bears is coming to an end.

“I’m going to miss so much of it when I graduate. Every year, I’ve seen familiar faces on the team come and go, but the spirit still remains that is past on from generation to generation,” Meeks said. “It’s been great fun playing football for Lynn and lining up with my teammates — it’s an experience I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”

Road to the Record

Career yardage for Lynn’s Brody Meeks going into the final three games of the season.

2013 (12th grade)

Pass    Rush    Return    Total    TD

1,407    726      NA    2,133    21

2012 (11th grade)

Pass    Rush    Return    Total    TD

930    802      396    2,128    13

2011 (10th grade)

Pass    Rush    Return    Total    TD

2,417    838      381    3,636    32

2010 (9th grade)

Pass    Rush    Return     Total    TD

1,440    1,121      722    3,283    29

2009 (8th grade)

Pass    Rush    Return     Total    TD

547    138      390    1,075    10

2008 (7th grade)

Pass    Rush    Return    Total    TD

79    69      NA    148    0

Total

Pass    Rush    Return    Total    TD

6,820    3,694    1,889    12,403    105