Will McDonald named Mr. Football finalist

Will McDonald

Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, Dec. 2, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Five semifinalists in each classification were announced on Thursday, Nov. 7. There are six classifications in Division I and three in Division II. Three finalists for each category were announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com Tuesday, Nov. 19. The three 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.

TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said, “We are very appreciative of the Tennessee Titans for their continued support of these awards. Having the awards presented at Nissan Stadium will provide a very special atmosphere for these outstanding student-athletes.”

Livingston Academy senior quarterback Will McDonald is among the finalists in Division I, Class 4A. He is joined by Tim Coutras of Nolensville and Ty Youngblood of Greeneville as finalists for the award.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2019 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

For the 18th consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.

This is the 35th 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 other two finalists in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.

More than 400 people, including the 30 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators, and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2019 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.

The 2019 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football finalists are as follows:

Division I, Class 1A – Hunter Ensley, Huntingdon, Ronto Tipton, South Pittsburg, and Holden Willis, Greenback.

Division I, Class 2A – Cooper Baugus, Peabody, Aaron Swafford, Meigs County, and Terry Wilkins, Fairley.

Division I, Class 3A – Grey Carroll, Alcoa, Donoven McCallister, Upperman, and James Moore, Stratford.

Division I, Class 4A – Tim Coutras, Nolensville, Will McDonald, Livingston Academy, and Ty Youngblood, Greeneville.

Division I, Class 5A – Spencer Briggs, Gallatin, Ja’sean Parks, Beech, and Elijah Young, South-Doyle.

Division I, Class 6A – Bryson Eason, Whitehaven, Conner Murphy, Blackman, and Lincoln Pare, Houston.

Division II, Class A – Kevin Davis, Trinity Christian, Kemari McGowan, MTCS, and Rube Scott Rhea, Fayette Academy.

Division II, Class AA – Austin Hill, ECS, Dietrick Pennington, ECS, and Nick Semptimphelter, BGA.

Division II, Class AAA – Elijah Howard, Baylor, Jabari Small, Briarcrest, and Omari Thomas, Briarcrest.

Kicker of the Year – Luke Akers, Ravenwood, Paxton Perry, Brentwood Academy, and Zeke Rankin, Alcoa.