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Lipscomb Academy quarterback Luther Richesson (left) runs away from Davidson Academy's Lance Mathews.

Finalists for the The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards and Kicker of the Year were released Tuesday.

Here’s a closer look at the players being considered. Statistics below will not include the postseason because playoff stats are not factored into the award.

Winners will be announced Dec. 7.

Class 1A

Khalik Ganaway, Peabody: The senior running back has rushed for 1,253 yards and 19 touchdowns, which includes a 213-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win over Class 1A semifinalist Westview on Aug. 27.

De’Andre Kelly, South Pittsburg: As a senior he totaled 906 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, to go with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Marquez Taylor, McKenzie: The 5-foot-10 junior running back holds offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan State and Memphis, among others, and was a huge factor in McKenzie winning the Region 6-1A title.

Class 2A

Cameron Huckabey, Meigs County: The versatile senior finished with 400 yards receiving and five touchdowns; 17 tackles and an interception on defense; and two returns for touchdowns on special teams.

Cameron Miller, MAHS: The three-star senior receiver and Tennessee commitment fueled a powerful offense, and on defense, he produced a viral play when he chased down a Manassas ball carrier inside the 5-yard line and returned his own forced fumble 99 yards the other way for a touchdown.

Ty Simpson, Westview: A five-star QB prospect committed to Alabama, Simpson churned out some monster passing performances, including a 410-yard, four-TD, no-interception line against Huntingdon.

Class 3A

Caden Buckles, Alcoa: The senior quarterback completed 75% of his passes for 1,382 yards and 18 touchdowns to three interceptions, to go with 239 yards rushing and seven TDs.

Jacob Dooley, Waverly Central: He was the Tigers’ offensive motor during a difficult season in the wake of the August flood in Humphreys County. The senior QB threw for more than 1,200 yards and needed just over two quarters against Cheatham County to compile 216 yards passing, five touchdowns and 36 rushing yards.

Keaton Harig, Loudon: He surpassed Loudon’s all-time passing mark with big games like his performance against Kingston, when he accounted for 328 total yards (227 passing, 101 rushing) and four total touchdowns in a 28-7 win.

Class 4A

Barion Brown, Pearl Cohn: The four-star prospect didn’t play a full regular season due to an ankle injury and a one-game TSSAA suspension dating back to last year, but he still turned heads. His 297 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against MBA was arguably the area’s best individual performance.

Mason Gudger, Greeneville: The senior running back rushed for 1,286 yards and 26 TDs on 126 carries during Greeneville’s dominant regular-season run. He also totaled five receptions for 155 yards and two scores.

Kaydin Pope, Hardin County: The three-star Mississippi State commitment caught 39 passes for 1,105 yards and 17 touchdowns in nine games.

Class 5A

De’Sean Bishop, Karns: As a junior, the running back totaled 27 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards rushing.

Jamarious Brooks, Memphis Central: The breakout senior running back was a touchdown machine, with 39 total scores (36 rushing) and 2,050 rushing yards.

Walter Nolen III, Powell: The five-star Texas A&M commitment is the top 2022 player in Tennessee, the No. 1 defensive lineman in the country and the No. 2 player overall nationally, according to 247Sports. He had seven sacks and was used situationally in “jumbo” packages on offense.

Class 6A

Jordan James, Oakland: James, a five-star running back committed to Georgia, was instrumental in Oakland’s two biggest non-region regular-season victories, compiling 342 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Lipscomb Academy and CPA.

Destin Wade, Summit: Wade was practically unstoppable as a running QB, with 1,463 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He threw for nearly 1,000 yards with one interception. He and twin brother Keaten are committed to Kentucky.

Keaten Wade, Summit: Wade is a force on both sides of the ball, but is projected as a linebacker in college. He rushed for 196 yards and five touchdowns while totaling 55 tackles (13.5 for loss) on defense.

Division II-A

Bradford Gaines, DCA: The senior QB unlocked DCA’s offense with 1,799 yards and 25 touchdowns passing with seven interceptions. He was part of DCA’s freshman group in 2018 that went through an 0-10 season.

Steele Haynes, USJ: At running back, he put up more than 1,300 yards rushing and 20 TDs as a senior.

Joshua Strickland, Jr., Nashville Christian: A thick running back who’s hard to bring down, he reached 1,200 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Division II-AA

Alexander Broome, Lipscomb Academy: Even with many running clocks in Lipscomb’s games, the Boston College commitment rushed for 1,009 yards and finished with 694 yards receiving to go with 33 total touchdowns.

Langston Patterson, CPA: The Lions wouldn’t be the same on either side of the ball without the Vanderbilt commitment, who projects as a linebacker in college. He rushed 74 times for 452 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense he made 76 tackles and seven for a loss.

Luther Richesson, Lipscomb Academy: The Cincinnati commitment nearly went his entire senior regular season without an interception. He completed 189 of 228 passes for 2,433 yards, 34 touchdowns and one INT.

Division II-AAA

Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers: The Ohio State commitment had eight games of 100-plus yards and more than 20 touchdowns.

Kenny Minchey, Pope John Paul II: One of the top quarterbacks in the area, he completed 181 of 288 attempts for 2,681 yards, 27 TDs and six interceptions as a junior.

William Riddle, McCallie: As a senior he threw for 2,432 yards and 33 touchdowns for the state’s top Division II-AAA team.

Kicker of the Year

Upton Bellenfant, Stewarts Creek: He recently picked up an offer from South Carolina, and will have choices elsewhere. Through seven games, he was 24 of 26 on extra-points with one blocked, and 29 of his 30 kickoffs went for touchbacks. He averaged 41 yards per punt and pinned nine inside the 20.

Justus Chadwick, Tullahoma: The senior went 38 of 39 on PATs with 40 of his 48 kickoffs going for touchbacks. Two of his onside kicks were recovered by a teammate. He also made a 48-yard field goal.

George Laster, Brentwood Academy: As a junior he had a knack for clutch kicks, perhaps none bigger than a 40-yard game winner at Memphis University School. He was 3 for 3 in that game with makes of 24, 36 and 40 yards.

Tyler Palmateer covers high school sports for Main Street Nashville. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Palmateer has covered high school and college sports for nearly a decade. Find him on Twitter @tpalmateer83.

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