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Male Athlete of the Week
Mario Atkinson -- JONESBORO
by Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com
October 02, 2012 03:09 PM | 1523 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mario Atkinson
Mario Atkinson
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Jonesboro junior quarterback Mario Atkinson is all about spreading the wealth amongst his receivers.

Against Eagle’s Landing on Sept. 21, Atkinson threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers in the Cardinals’ 45-21 road victory.

“We had better receivers and we got some great plays that we called that I know really nobody could stop and I just took advantage of that,” said Atkinson, who completed 9 of 15 passes for 195 yards.

“Mario has shown great improvement each week,” Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd said. “He has gotten a grasp of the offense which has helped his confidence to run the offense and be a leader.”

Cameron Sutton, Dereon London, Jyair Mincey and Patrick Petty all caught TD passes.

“Whoever was really working to get the ball I wanted to get the ball to,” Atkinson said. “As a quarterback, I just don’t want to look at one receiver. I want to be able to make certain reads across the field and that is what makes a better offense.”

Last Friday, Atkinson had three passing touchdowns and a rushing score in Jonesboro’s 34-20 victory over Woodland-Henry.

Off the field, Atkinson has a 3.2 GPA and an interest in journalism so one day he can become an analyst on the national level.
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