Bradley Central's Austin Sanders Honored At Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards Luncheon

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tennessee’s best high school football players for 2012, including Bradley Central's Austin Sanders, were recognized at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans.

Bradley Central senior Austin Sanders, a 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound tackle who is committed to Tennessee, was selected as the Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year.

"It's exciting," Sanders said in a text. "It was a good experience for me and my family. It was all fun and once-in-a-lifetime event."

Over 500 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2012 luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.

“Today’s celebration recognizes more that the ability of these young men to play our great game of football,” said Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. “The young men were here because of their outstanding character and academic achievements, traits which will pave their way through life, long after their football days has passed. I congratulate all of the Titans Mr. Football Award finalists for the outstanding manner in which they represent their school and community!”

High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2012 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.

The awards were presented to the top back and lineman in each of the five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. For the eighth time in the history of the award, the top kickers in the state were 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.

The honorees include Will McKamey, running back for Grace Christian of Knoxville, who suffered a brain injury in a playoff game at South Pittsburg. He was airlifted to a Chattanooga hospital and is now expected to make a full recovery.

2012 TENNESSEE TITANS MR. FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS

Division I, Class A Lineman Division I, Class A Back

Tyler Coen, Gordonsville

Will McKamey, Grace Christian

Division I, Class AA Lineman Division I, Class AA Back

Brett Kendrick, CAK

 Charlie High, CAK

Division I, Class AAA Lineman Division I, Class AAA Back

Austin Sanders, Bradley Central

Jalen Hurd, Beech

Division II-A Lineman Division II-A Back

Chase Hensley, USJ

Todd Kelly, Knoxville Webb

Division II-AA Lineman Division II-AA Back

Derek Barnett, Brentwood Academy

Cornelius Elder, Ensworth

Kicker of the Year

Jonathan King, Farragut


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