Morley Stanwood’s Hanks selected for all-star game

MORLEY — Tyler Hanks excelled at both running back and receiver for the Morley Stanwood football team.

But at the next level, he will be asked to play receiver, the same position Hanks will play at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association’s all-star game in June. The game will be at Kelly/Shorts Stadium at Central Michigan University.

Hanks rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as the Mohawks went 10-2 this season and advanced to the Division 6 regional final. As good as he was as a running back, he might have been even better as a receiver.

Hanks led Morley Stanwood with 37 receptions for 722 yards and nine touchdowns.

ALL STAR: Morley Stanwood's Tyler Hanks makes his way down the sideline against Lakeview this past season. (Pioneer file photo)

“This means a lot to me,” Hanks said about being selected. “When Tyler (Havens) made it last year, I set that as a goal for this year.”

Hanks had the thought of making it to the all-star game back in August. The senior and coach Clark Huntey were having a discussion about individual goals when Hanks said he wanted to make the all-star game.

“Coach said he would help me out,” Hanks said.

Huntey put together a highlight tape of Hanks and sent it to the selection committee. The coaching staff and members of the executive board are the only people to vote though it is an open discussion among all coaches who attend the meeting.

Hanks was voted as an at-large selection. Though he will spend most of his time at receiver, an at-large pick allows Hanks to also play on special teams and defense.

“The biggest reason (he was an at-large pick) was his versatility,” Huntey said. “He can play offense, play defense and special teams returning punts and kicks.

“We were fortunate to have him play for us the last two and a half years,” he continued. “I think he made schools we played against difficult to prepare for because he had the game-breaking ability.”

Hanks said he has one simple goal for the game.

“I want to play my best, meet some people and have a good time,” he said. “Right now, I don’t care if we win or lose, but I’m sure that will change when the game comes. What I do want to do is represent our school and community and show what I can do.”

Though signing day is still three weeks away, Hanks is leaning toward attending Ferris State next season. Other schools under consideration were Grand Valley State, Western Michigan and Central Michigan.

Hanks talked to new coach Tony Annese and walked away impressed.

“When I went up there for a visit, I had a chance to talk to coach Annese and see what he is all about,” Hanks said. “That was the biggest thing, see what he has to offer.”

Hanks plans on majoring in physical therapy.

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