Pickens named South Carolina’s Mr. Football for 2018
Kevin Pickens, brother of Zacch Pickens, and T.L. Hanna football coach Jeff Herron accept the 2018 S.C. Mr. Football award from Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative CEO Bob Paulling. Zacch Pickens was participating in the Shrine Bowl and was unable to attend the award ceremony during halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl.
Photo by Van O'Cain
Zacch Pickens, defensive end at T.L Hanna High School, was named South Carolina’s Mr. Football on Dec. 15 during halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl in Conway.
Pickens was unable to attend the award ceremony because he was playing in the Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg. His head coach, Jeff Herron, and Pickens’s brother, Kevin, accepted the award on Pickens’s behalf.
Pickens is committed to the University of South Carolina.
Other finalists for the Mr. Football award were Jonathan Bennett from Summerville High School, Ailym Ford from West Florence High School, Darius Tyrell Jackson from Wren High School and Wyatt Tunall from Chester High School.
The S.C. Athletic Coaches Association established the Mr. Football award in 1995. Below is a complete list of past recipients.
|1995||Jermale Kelley, WR||Berea||South Carolina|
|1996||Kyle Young, OL||Daniel||Clemson|
|1997||Chris Hope, DB||Rock Hill||Florida State|
|1998||Derek Watson, RB||Palmetto||South Carolina|
|1999||Mark Logan, QB||Greenwood||Georgia Tech|
|2000||Roscoe Crosby, WR||Union||Clemson|
|2001||Moe Thompson, DE||Stratford||South Carolina|
|2002||Eric McCollom, QB||Camden||Iowa|
|2003||Trey Elder, QB||Byrnes||Appalachian State|
|2004||J.D. Melton, QB||Myrtle Beach||Navy|
|2005||Prince Miller, DB||Byrnes||Georgia|
|2006||Malcolm Long, QB||Gaffney||South Carolina State|
|2007||Richard Mounce, QB||Blythewood||Charleston Southern|
|2008||Stephon Gilmore, CB||South Pointe||South Carolina|
|2009||Marcus Lattimore, RB||Byrnes||South Carolina|
|2010||Jadeveon Clowney, DE||South Pointe||South Carolina|
|2011||Shaq Roland, WR||Lexington||South Carolina|
|2012||Tramel Terry, WR||Goose Creek||Georgia|
|2013||Jacob Park, QB||Stratford||Georgia|
|2014||Matthew Colburn, RB||Dutch Fork||Wake Forest|
|2015||Tavien Feaster, RB||Spartanburg||Clemson|
|2016||Gage Moloney, QB||Northwestern||James Madison|
|2017||Dakereon Joyner, QB||Fort Dorchester||South Carolina|
Editor’s note: 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.