For the last four years, whatever it was John Starr asked of Armark Tolbert, Armark Tolbert delivered.
"He's always been the guy on this team you could count on to do whatever you needed," said the Josey head coach of Tolbert, The Augusta Chronicle's Georgia Player of the Year for the second straight year.
During his illustrious four-year varsity career at Josey, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder started every game Starr has coached. In Tolbert's 51 straight starts, Josey is 39-12, with the pinnacle of his career coming last year, when he led the Eagles to a 15-0 mark and the Class AAA championship.
But this season for Tolbert has been more demanding than any other.Coming off the championship season where his play at cornerback and wide receiver earned him all-state honors, Tolbert opened his senior season at quarterback, and led the Eagles to a 6-0 record.Though he started only half the season at QB, his numbers rank him among the area's best with more than 650 yards passing and 600 yards rushing.
Playing through several injuries for most of the second half of the season, Tolbert eventually settled back into his usual role at cornerback and wide out and he led the Eagles in interceptions, tackles among defensive backs, and receptions.
With the disappointment of Josey's loss in the state quarterfinals to eventual champion Thomas County Central behind him, Tolbert appears ready to move on to the next level.
Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech (his brother, Troy, redshirted at Tech this season) and Tennessee are all in the running for Tolbert's services next season.
"He's meant so much to this program and it means a lot to me that he has played in every game I've ever coached," Starr said. "He will really be missed."