Now that we are finished with the spring championships, it’s time to start looking toward the 2016 football season which is less than 100 days away. With that, we present our list of players to look out for next year for the Mr. Football award that goes to the best overall football player in the state.
Mr. Football has been awarded to some of the best players to ever come from this state, including: TJ Yeldon (Daphne), Julio Jones (Foley), Andre Smith (Huffman), Cadillac Williams (Etowah), David Palmer (Jackson-Olin) and so many more.
Mr. Football in Alabama has won by many positions, including offensive line, defensive line, and tight end. The last wide receiver to win the award was in 2007 with Julio Jones, but can Nico Collins of Clay-Chalkville pull it off this year and become the Cougars’ first winner?
Mr. Football winners currently playing in college all signed with Auburn out of high school as QB Jeremy Johnson (Carver-Montgomery), RB Roc Thomas (Oxford) and RB Kerryon Johnson (Madison Academy) have all won the award.
Last year’s winner, Spanish Fort QB Tyler Johnston, signed with UAB and will be one of the leading candidates for the starting quarterback job when the Blazers hit the field in 2017.
With that, we present the watch list for this year’s group of Mr. Football candidates. Will one of these be your winner, or will a dark horse come out of nowhere and lead his team to a stellar season?
2016 Mr. Football Watch List
(in alphabetical order)
|Jalyn Armour-Davis||CB||JR||St. Paul’s|
|Markail Benton||LB||SR||Central-Phenix City|
|Malik Cunningham||QB||SR||Park Crossing|
|Marcus Jenkins||OT||JR||Park Crossing|
|Ryan Johnson||DE||SR||St. Paul’s|
|Thomas Johnston||LB||JR||Spanish Fort||Myles Mason||S||JR||Pleasant Grove|
|Kendall Randolph||OT||SR||Bob Jones|
|LaBryan Ray||DE||SR||James Clemens|
|Justyn Ross||WR||JR||Central-Phenix City|
|Austin Troxel||OT||SR||Madison Academy|
|Alaric Williams||RB||SR||Gadsden City|