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Five finalists named for S.C.'s 2021 Mr. Football Award

The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl and South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association announce the five finalists for the Mr. Football award, the top individual honor for high school seniors in the Palmetto State.

  1. Kazarius “KZ” Adams, RB, Gray Collegiate Academy, Verbally committed to Georgia State
  2. Will Mattison, QB, Northwestern, Currently uncommitted
  3. Trent Pearman, QB, Daniel, Currently uncommitted
  4. Adam Randall, WR, Myrtle Beach, Verbally committed to Clemson
  5. Jaylen Sneed, LBm Hilton Head Island, Verbally committed to Notre Dame

The Mr. Football winner will be announced Saturday, December 11, at halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. All five finalists were previously selected for the game.

ABOUT THE FINALISTS

Kazarius Adams: The electric running back has already put up more than 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns this year for a Gray squad that is among the best in all of Class 2A. Adams verbally committed to Georgia State in June.

Will Mattison: In leading Northwestern to a 2021 region championship, Mattison has thrown for 2,173 yards and 30 touchdowns so far this season. He is fast approaching 4,000 career passing yards and 50 career passing touchdowns. He is currently uncommitted.

Trent Pearman: Daniel is 18-0 with Pearman behind center, and his production is a big reason why. In two seasons, the 6-foot-2 signal caller has thrown for 4,813 yards and 61 touchdowns. He is currently uncommitted.

Adam Randall: The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has tallied 2,532 yards and 26 total touchdowns rushing and receiving in 25 varsity games at Myrtle Beach. He verbally committed to Clemson in December.

Jaylen Sneed: A linebacker by trade, Sneed rarely comes off the field for Hilton Head, also playing quarterback and contributing on special teams. He verbally committed to Notre Dame in July.

The S.C. Athletic Coaches Association established the Mr. Football award in 1995. Seven of the award’s first 22 winners made it to the National Football League, with each of the last four winners still playing collegiately in the Southeastern Conference.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA MR. FOOTBALL, YEAR BY YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER, PRIMARY POSITION

HIGH SCHOOL

COLLEGE

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, DB

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, WR

Stratford

Georgia

2014

Matthew Colburn, RB

Dutch Fork

Wake Forest

2015

Tavien Feaster, RB

Spartanburg

Clemson

2016

Gage Maloney, QB

Northwestern

James Madison

2017

Dakereon Joyner, QB

Fort Dorchester

South Carolina

2018

Zacch Pickens, DE

T.L. Hanna

South Carolina

2019

Luke Doty, QB

Myrtle Beach

South Carolina

2020

Ty’rion Ingram-Dawkins, DT

Gaffney

Georgia

 

South Carolina’s electric cooperatives have been the primary sponsors of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl since 2013. The South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association organizes the event and is responsible for the selection of the state’s Mr. Football award.

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