The field of athletes vying for the title as South Carolina’s top high school football player is down to five. On Tuesday, the South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association selected the finalists for the 2014 Mr. Football award. All five players will be recognized during a halftime ceremony at the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, followed by the introduction of this year’s award recipient.
The SC Athletics Coaches Association established the Mr. Football award in 1995. Seven former recipients have played or are currently playing in the National Football League.
“This year’s finalists have outstanding credentials,” says Keith Richardson, co-director of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl and former head coach at Clinton High School. “And I also think it is a group that displays great character off the field, too. That is an important aspect of the award taken into consideration when we make these selections.”
This year, fans are invited to cast an online vote for their favorite Mr. Football finalist. To participate, go to South Carolina Living Magazine’s website: http://scliving.coop/mr-football
South Carolina Living is created by the state’s member-owned electric cooperatives and is the largest circulation publication in the Palmetto State with more than 480,000 subscribers.
The 2014 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, North vs. South All-Star game is played at noon December 13 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Players chosen to compete in this year’s contest are announced Monday, October 27.
Finalists for the 2014 Mr. Football award
- Zack Bailey-Offensive Lineman; Summerville High School; 2014 season football grade: 89% –Committed to the University of South Carolina
- Kelly Bryant-Quarterback; Wren High School; 2,303 yards passing and 24 touchdowns in 2014 – Committed to Clemson University
- Matthew Colburn-Running back; Dutch Fork High School (Irmo); 716 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014-Committed to the University of Louisville
- Dupree Hart-Receiver/Quarterback; Northwestern High School (Rock Hill); 1.340 yards of total offense and 13 touchdowns in 2014 –Committed to the College of Charleston (baseball scholarship)
- J. Arcega-Whiteside-Receiver; Dorman High School; 53 receptions for 921 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 –Committed to Stanford University
South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are the primary sponsors of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, North vs. South All-Star game. The South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association organizes the event and is responsible for the selection of South Carolina’s Mr. Football award.