Becoming Mr. Football for the state of Tennessee is the highest honor a football player can achieve as an individual player in the state. Some of the top prospects in the state have competed all season long and have racked up some big time numbers. The Mr. Football Award has been divided into two separate categories. One category designated for Top Lineman and the other for Top Back.
In class 1A one of the leading candidates is South Pittsburg (Tenn.) running back David Jones, 6-0, 205. He has put on quite a show this year with 662 yards and 15 touchdowns through the first seven games. Jones has offers from Memphis, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and Middle Tennessee. He will have tough competition from Memphis-Manassas running back James King, who is averaging over ten yards per carry. King rushed for close to 1600 yards and 13 touchdowns in the regular season.
Class 2A should have a tough competitive field including Alcoa (Tenn.) junior tight end Tyler Robinson. In the 2008 regular season Robinson hauled in 28 receptions for 439 yards and eleven touchdowns. Fans can expect to see big things from Robinson who is one of top prospects for the class of 2010.
The competition in the field for Mr. Football in class 3A is loaded with some of the best players in the entire state. In the Top Back category Memphis-Sheffield running back DeMario Carter seems to have a great shot to win. He is the top running back in the Memphis area with 1821 yards and 17 touchdowns in ten ball games throughout the 2008 season. The Nashville area hopes to capture the title of Mr. Football with the top representative from the area Zac Rogers from Nashville-David Lipscomb. Rogers was plagued by late season injuries and piled up 250 yards along with four touchdowns. Fans can expect to see many teams recruit Rogers harder this winter all the way up to signing day. Rogers is a Tennessee commitment and seems to remain committed up to this point.
The field of class 4A Top Back is field with fierce competition including three of the top players in the state and two Scout.com four star athletes. Will Gilchrist, 6-2, 190 pound quarterback from Savannah-Hardin County (Tenn.) is one of the best players in West Tennessee. Gilchrist, who is a Memphis commitment, offers a combination of speed and accuracy.
Marsalis Teague is another top candidate for the Top Back in class 4A. Teague has led his team to an undefeated regular season by providing big plays on both the ground and through the air. He has thrown for 1094 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Teague has also rushed for 1233 yards and 18 touchdowns through the regular season.
The last candidate in the competition for the Top Back of 4A is Eric Gordon, a four star cornerback/wide receiver. Gordon, 5-11, 186 pound athlete from Nashville-Hillsboro had a stellar season on both sides of the football in 2008. He picked up 592 yards and eight touchdowns in addition to being one of the toughest defensive backs in the state.
Check it out PrepTennessee.com later to look at some of candidates for Mr. Football from the other classifications including a tight race in the Top Lineman category for Division II.