Semifinalists for Titans Mr. Football Awards Announced

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 16 backs and linemen in eight classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. For the fourteenth consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.

Tennessee's top high school football players from this season were honored at the 2014 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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 on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com on Monday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 p.m. EST. 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.

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.

"We are obviously excited and appreciative about being involved with the Tennessee Titans for the ninth consecutive year," stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. "They have helped make the recognition of these 68 student-athletes, their families, and schools possible. The sponsorship of the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards and numerous contributions to high schools across the state since the team moved to Tennessee have meant a great deal to the member schools of the TSSAA."

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This is the 31st year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee's best high school football players. A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each category. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the runner-up in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.

More than 400 people, including the 34 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2015 luncheon.

Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live videostream of the awards will be provided at www.titansonline.com.

2015 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalists

CLASS 1A LINEMAN

Daniel Bituli, Nashville Christian

Jamison Blackwell, Union City

Trey Peters, Harriman

Josh Silvey, Greenback

CLASS 2A LINEMAN

Jake Harden, Boyd Buchanan

Alex Kirkendoll, Marion County

Boone Sweeney, Forrest

Justin Swift, Trezevant

CLASS 3A LINEMAN

Jonathan Decker, Alcoa

Tyler Enos, Notre Dame

Matthew McClurg, Alcoa

Christian Williams, Milan

CLASS 4A LINEMAN

Emmit Gooden, Haywood

Darron Johnson, Ridgeway

Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic

Rutger Reitmaier, Lipscomb Academy

CLASS 5A LINEMAN

Tyrel Dodson, Centennial

Maleik Gray, LaVergne

Jeremiah Jackson, Ooltewah

Gunner Osborn, Henry County

CLASS 6A LINEMAN

T.D. Blackmon, Maryville

Ty Nix, Oakland

Delvin Salter, Whitehaven

Kalani Smith, Mt. Juliet

DII-A LINEMAN

Michael Flowers, DCA

Will Lawrence, Harding Academy

Trey Smith, USJ

Jacob Still, St. George's

DII-AA LINEMAN

Ben Hill, Christian Brothers

Ryan Johnson, Brentwood Academy

Bryce Mathews, Brentwood Academy

Ryan Parker, Baylor

CLASS 1A BACK

Preston Rice, Wayne County

Taylor Thompson, Columbia Academy

Stavonski Wilkes, Lake County

Dresser Winn, Dresden

CLASS 2A BACK

Andrew Goldsmith, Trinity Christian

Darius Harper, Austin-East

Josh Henderson, Marion County

Cordarrian Richardson, Trezevant

CLASS 3A BACK

Dustin Clabough, Alcoa

Traneil Moore, East Ridge

Cole Smith, CAK

Zack Weatherly, CPA

CLASS 4A BACK

Desmond Dabbs, Greeneville

Ashton Posey, Marshall County

Amari Rodgers, Knoxville Catholic

Kentel Williams, Fulton

CLASS 5A BACK

Jerry Craine, Wooddale

Tee Higgins, Oak Ridge

Nate Johnson, Independence

Deuce Wallace, Sevier County

CLASS 6A BACK

Cole Copeland, Bradley Central

Taeler Dowdy, Blackman

Dillon Mitchell, White Station

Jacoby Stevens, Oakland

DII-A BACK

Clay Beathard, BGA

Chase Hayden, St. George's

Spence Jones, FRA

Christian Saulsberry, Northpoint Christian

DII-AA BACK

Ty Chandler, MBA

Austin Lee, Christian Brothers

Jeremiah Oatsvall, Brentwood Academy

Thomas Pickens, MUS

KICKER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Courtright, Lexington

Thomas Garrison, Columbia Academy

Crews Holt, Ravenwood

Jacob Smith, Siegel

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