DHS’ Toler earns second straight All-Star selectionPublished 11:54am Thursday, July 11, 2013
Being selected to participate in the Alabama High School Althetic Association’s annual All-Star sports week is nothing new for Terry Toler.
After all, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was a dynamo on the hardwood for the Dadeville Tigers and was chosen as a junior to play for the South basketball squad.
This year, however, he’ll be showing off his gridiron moves as he suits up to play wideout for the South football team.
While Toler said he knew his basketball talents were all-star caliber, football was a completely different story.
“First of all, I thank God for this,” Toler said. “Without him, none of this would be possible. I knew that I’d make it for basketball last season, but to make it for football is a shock to me.”
Toler has hooped it up for Dadeville since seventh grade.
He didn’t step onto the football field until his sophomore season.
At the behest of others, he decided to give the game a try on a whim.
“Folks were telling me that because of my size, I’d be able to help the team at wide receiver or safety,” Toler said. “So I tried out, and eventually I became the go-to receiver.”
Turns out that was a smart move for Toler, as he went on to establish himself as a dominating weapon on the edge for Dadeville.
After a breakout campaign for the Tigers in his junior season, where he tallied more than 600 yards receiving and nine scores, Toler took his game to the next level as a senior.
He racked up 803 yards receiving yards and nearly doubled his touchdown mark, finding paydirt 17 times.
“Being 6-foot-4, it gives me an advantage over the defense,” Toler said. “Most cornerbacks aren’t over six feet tall, and I was able to either blow past them or, when it came to jump balls, out jump them.”
For his efforts, Toler earned an honorable mention selection to the Class 4A All-State football team.
It was his second selection this year, as he garnered an honorable mention selection to the Class 4A All-State basketball team as well.
“Looking back at it, I can’t believe it,” Toler said of his senior season. “I hope it serves as an inspiration to the younger guys, that anything can happen if you want it to happen.”
Next for Toler will be suiting up for Stillman College on a basketball scholarship, but he has one more thing he wants to accomplish on the football field.
“Last year (the South team) didn’t win,” Toler said. “This year, I want to help put the South team back on the map and help out in whatever way they need me.”