Huntingdon’s Warbritton makes Mr. Football finalist list
Posted: Friday, November 11, 2011 12:02 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Huntingdon quarterback Tyler Warbritton was named one of three finalists for the Tennessee Titans Class A’s Mr. Football Back of the Year.
Warbritton, who led the Mustangs to just the third perfect regular season in school history and a No. 1 state ranking in the final Associated Press poll, was one of four rural West Tennessee finalists for the prestigious award in different classifications.
He was joined by Henry County tackle Andrew Jelks, a candidate for Lineman of the Year in Class 3A, and Lee Mayhall (Back) and Chase Hensley (Lineman) in Division II-A.
The winners will be announced Nov. 28 at the Embassy Suites and Hotel Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
The award is based on regular season play, and this marks the 27th year that the honor will be given to Tennessee’s best high school players.
Warbritton has been the unquestioned leader of a Huntingdon club that won each of its regular season games by double figures — including a 24-13 triumph over then No.1-ranked (Class 3A) Milan.
He filled a variety of key roles for the Mustangs, rushing for 853 yards and 16 TDs, throwing for another 388 yards and six more scores, while also returning two interceptions for touchdowns, two punts to paydirt and a kickoff to the endzone.
Warbritton is joined on the 1A Back of the Year finalist list by Perry County quarterback Jacob Tucker and South Pittsburg running back Jujuan Lankford.
Tucker, a finalist for the award in 2010, has set the state career record for touchdowns.
This season, he threw for 2,168 yards and 27 TDs while being intercepted just three times, and rushed for another 956 yards and 15 scores.
Ironically, Warbritton and Tucker will meet on the gridiron Friday when the Mustangs host PC.
Lankford, who didn’t even start until the fourth game for South Pittsburg, still rushed for 1,607 yards and 23 touchdowns and also returned three kicks for scores.
Mayhall and Hensley helped USJ to a 9-1 regular season in Division II-A.
In addition to USJ, six other schools have two Mr. Football finalists this season.
South Pittsburg, Greeneville, Maryville, Webb School of Knoxville, Brentwood Academy and Baylor all have two finalists.
Greeneville and BA will have linemen competing against each other, while one of Baylor’s finalists is in the kicker category, which includes both divisions and all classifications. Published in The WCP 11.10.11