NASHVILLE – Five area athletes brought home Mr. Football awards on Monday.
The TSSAA honored 34 athletes at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon on Monday at Nissan Stadium.
Oak Ridge wide receiver Tee Higgins, Catholic wide receiver Amari Rodgers, Catholic lineman Cade Mays, Alcoa wide receiver Tykee Ogle-Kellogg and Greenback lineman Josh Silvey were all named Mr. Football in their classifications.
Maryville linebacker T.D. Blackmon (Class 6A Lineman), Catholic wide receiver Chase Kuershen (Class 4A Back), Austin-East quarterback Darius Harper (Class 2A Back) and Greenback running back Kayne Roberts (Class 1A Back) earned runner-up honors.
Higgins, a 6’5” Clemson commit, won the Class 5A Mr. Football Back of the Year award for the second consecutive season. He totaled 65 receptions for 1,044 yards and 17 touchdowns for Oak Ridge (8-3) this season. The senior wideout also had four interceptions on defense, one of which he returned for a score.
Catholic, who had three athletes up for Mr. Football this season, swept the awards in Class 4A.
Mays, a Tennessee commit, was named Lineman of the Year while Amari Rodgers brings the Back of the Year Award back to Knoxville for the second consecutive year. Rodgers, a Clemson commit, totaled 1,206 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns on 38 receptions this season. He averaged 120 receiving yards per game in 2016.
Alcoa’s Ogle-Kellogg, who has recorded 30 receptions for 590 yards and nine touchdowns this season, earned the Mr. Football Class 3A Back of the Year Award. The junior will look to guide the Tornados to a Class 3A state title on Friday at 3 p.m. against Liberty.
Greenback senior Josh Silvey is a four-year starter and team captain for the Cherokees. The senior has totaled 86 tackles, 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss this season. Silvey will wrap up his high school career in the Class 1A state championship game where Greenback will meet Dresden Friday at 11 a.m. in Cookeville.
Lineman: Aubrey Miller, Whitehaven
Back: JaCoby Stevens, Oakland
Lineman: Trevis Hopper, Memphis Central
Back: Tee Higgins, Oak Ridge
Lineman: Cade Mays, Catholic
Back: Amari Rodgers, Catholic
Lineman: Jacob Phillips, East Nashville
Back: Tykee Ogle-Kellogg, Alcoa
Lineman: Alex Kirkendoll, Marion County
Back: Cordarrian Richardson, Trezevant
Lineman: Josh Silvey, Greenback
Back: Preston Rice, Wayne County
Lineman: Trey Smith, USJ
Back: Eric Gray, Lausanne
Lineman: Dorian Hopkins, MUS
Back: Ty Chandler, MBA
Mr. Football Kicker
Jacob Smith, Siegel
A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2016 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.
The awards were presented to the top back and lineman in each of the eight classifications of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The top kickers in the state were also recognized. There were three finalists in this category, regardless of their school’s classification.
The Titans became sponsors of the Mr. Football Awards in 2007.