Last season as I went to watch the huge Upstate matchup in the 3A playoffs between Union and Greenville, the names I wanted to see most were Tennessee signee Eric Young and South Carolina signees David Smith, Curtis Rice and Noah Whiteside. And while these players had outstanding games and did not disappoint, the star on that rainy night was Union QB Justin Knox.
As Greenville prepared to stop the passing attack of Union, Coach Anthony and the Jacket O simply put the ball in Knox’s hands and rode his rushing ability to 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most observers felt Union won the championship that evening as Greenville was the second best team in the state.
Justin was the leader all season long for the Yellow Jackets. Early on the experts stated that if Union got solid play from the WB then a return trip to Williams Brice would be in order. By midseason, Justin was playing like a grizzled veteran and Union was well onto another state title.
The 6'1 180 pound starter has been part of the Yellow Jacket program for 3 years. He is currently running a 4.55 / 40 and has increased his bench press to 265. During his freshmen year he played backup to Josh Harris and was the starting QB for the Yellow Jacket JV team
As a sophomore he was the backup QB to Josh Harris on the varsity and led the JV team to 9-1 record. Justin was named UHS scout team player of year.
Last season was Knox’s chance to lead the team and he made his junior season one to remember. He led the Jackets to a 14-1 record and a State Championship victory over the Camden Bulldogs. In 2002, he totaled over 3300 yards total offense and 35 touchdowns. Broken down Josh completed 59% of his passes for 2606 yards and 28 touchdowns and also rushed for 130 times for 696 and 7 touchdowns.
Justin was named SC Pigskin Prep player of the week on 3 different occasions. He was a 2002 SC Varsity Bacot Award finalist He was named 2002 UHS Most Valuable Offensive Back, 2002 Region III AAA All Region.
Justin currently is hearing from South Carolina and Maryland and Wofford. He is a strong student and will be a full qualifier. He also plays on the Yellow Jacket basketball team and is active in numerous clubs on the Union campus.
Already the big games in 3A for the 2003 season will include the Yellow Jackets. One coach recently told me until we beat Union nothing else matters. Justin will try and make sure that beating the Yell