Area football players named semifinalists for 2015 ‘Mr. Football’ awards

NASHVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 16 backs and linemen in eight categories of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.

Thirty-four players were nominated, several of them hail from East Tennessee high schools. For the 14th consecutive year, the top kicker will be recognized as with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.

The awards will be given out on Nov. 20 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

This is the 31st year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2015 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

2015 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalists

CLASS 1A LINEMAN
Trey Peters, Harriman
Josh Silvey, Greenback

CLASS 3A LINEMAN
Jonathan Decker, Alcoa
Matthew McClurg, Alcoa

CLASS 4A LINEMAN
Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic

CLASS 6A LINEMAN
T.D. Blackmon, Maryville

CLASS 2A BACK
Darius Harper, Austin-East

CLASS 3A BACK
Dustin Clabough, Alcoa
Cole Smith, CAK

CLASS 4A BACK
Desmond Dabbs, Greeneville
Amari Rodgers, Knoxville Catholic
Kentel Williams, Fulton

CLASS 5A BACK
Tee Higgins, Oak Ridge
Deuce Wallace, Sevier County

To view the full list, click here

The format for the awards will see a change this year. Four semifinalists are announced in this release for each category and each classification. There are six classifications in Division I and two in Division II. With “Back of the Year” and “Lineman of the Year” for each classification, as well as the “Kicker of the Year” award, that makes for a total of 17 award categories. Two finalists for each category will be announced by Mike Keith Nov. 16.

The two finalists for each award will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced.

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