Tennessee’s best high school football players for 2021 were recognized at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans.
More than 400 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2021 luncheon at Nissan Stadium.
Among them, Oakland running back Jordan James, who was a Class 6A Mr. Football finalists this year. The award went to Destin Wade of Summit, who the Patriots beat Saturday 43-26 to claim back to back state titles.
“This is such an outstanding honor for all 30 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 2021 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.
The awards were presented to the top football players in each of the nine 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.
2021 TENNESSEE TITANS MR. FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
Division I, Class 1A
Khalik Ganaway, Peabody
Division I, Class 2A
Ty Simpson, Westview
Division I, Class 3A
Caden Buckles, Alcoa
Division I, Class 4A
Bari’On Brown, Pearl Cohn
Division I, Class 5A
De’Sean Bishop, Karns
Division I, Class 6A
Destin Wade, Summit
Division II, Class A
Steele Haynes, USJ
Division II, Class AA
Alexander Broome, Lipscomb Academy
Division II, Class AAA
Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers
Kicker of the Year
Justus Chadwick, Tullahoma