S. Pittsburg's Lankford; Baylor's Gaglianone Named Players Of The Year

Monday, December 2, 2013

S. Pittsburg's Jujuan Lankford and Baylor's Rafael Gaglianone were honored on Monday by the TSSAA in their respective classes and positions. 

Lankford was named Class A back of the year and Gaglianone was named kicker of the year for Division II. 

Marion County's Blake Zeman was a finalist in Class A but was not chosen as the winner.

Over 500 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2013 luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.

“This is such an outstanding honor for all 33 of the young men recognized today at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA.  “They were here not only due to their athletic ability that they displayed on the field throughout the season, but just as much for their outstanding character and academic achievements.”  

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 2013 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. 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.

 

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

Zach Stewart, Coalfield                                          Jajuan Lankford, South Pittsburg

 

                       

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

Paul Adams, CPA                                                    Daryl Rollins-Davis, Fulton

 

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

Jack Jones, Oakland                                               Josh Malone, Station Camp

 

Division II-A Lineman                                            Division II-A Back

Brant Mitchell, Knoxville Webb                             Todd Kelly, Knoxville Webb

 

Division II-AA Lineman                                         Division II-AA Back

Derek Barnett, Brentwood Academy                    D’Andre Ferby, Ensworth

 

Kicker of the Year

Rafael Gaglianone, Baylor




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