Baylor's Barrett Gouger and Henrique Ribeiro, Pirates' Coltin Blevins named Mr. Footballs

Baylor's Barrett Gouger and Henrique Ribeiro, Pirates' Coltin Blevins named Mr. Footballs

November 29th, 2011 by Stephen Hargis in Sports - Preps

Three area high school football players won Mr. Football honors Monday. Coltin Blevins of South Pittsburg, left, was named Class 1A Lineman of the Year. Barrett Gouger of Baylor, center, won Division II-AA Lineman of the Year. Henrique Ribeiro of Baylor, right, won the Mr. Football Kicker of the Year.

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2011 TENNESSEE TITANS MR. FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS

Division I, Class A Lineman

Coltin Blevins, South Pittsburg

Division I, Class A Back

Jacob Tucker, Perry County

Division I, Class AA Lineman

Terrell Rollins, Greeneville

Division I, Class AA Back

Charlie High, CAK

Division I, Class AAA Lineman

Jay Guillermo, Maryville

Division I, Class AAA Back

I'Tavius Mathers, Blackman

Division II-A Lineman

Brewer Congleton, Knoxville Webb

Division II-A Back

Caleb Blance, Knoxville Webb

Division II-AA Lineman

Barrett Gouger, Baylor

Division II-AA Back

Cornelius Elder, Ensworth

Kicker of the Year

Henrique Ribeiro, Baylor

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Barrett Gouger tilted the large wooden trophy he had just been handed upward so he could inspect the name inscribed, just to be certain.

"I just wanted to make sure it was actually my name on it, that I was really the winner," Gouger, Baylor's senior two-way tackle, said after being named the state's Division II-AA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year on Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.

"When I first heard my name called, it was more of a relief," Gouger said, "but I just had to double-check that there wasn't a mistake and I wasn't walking off with a trophy that had somebody else's name on it."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Vanderbilt commitment became the fourth Baylor player to win a Mr. Football award, and minutes later he was joined by teammate Henrique Ribeiro, the Mr. Football Kicker of the Year.

"That's pretty special for our program to have two guys win the award in the same year," Red Raiders coach Phil Massey said. "That's a first for our school, and having Jacob [Huesman] win Back of the Year last year makes this the first time we've ever had back-to-back years to have kids win the award."

Ribeiro, a Brazilian boarding student who is in his first season of handling the kicking duties for Baylor, has kicked four field goals of 50-plus yards, including a 57-yarder, and has had just four kickoffs that didn't sail through the end zone for touchbacks.

"Hopefully a lot of college scouts will hear about this and see my stats and what I can do and take an interest now," Ribeiro said. "This is an unbelievable award."

South Pittsburg senior guard and middle linebacker Coltin Blevins was named Class 1A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year, while Pirates sophomore runner Jajuan Lankford was one of three finalists for 1A Back of the Year, which went to Perry County quarterback Jacob Tucker.

"My legs were shaking while I was standing there in front of all those people," said Blevins, who will add his newest hardware to last year's state-title-game MVP award. He is the fourth player from his program to be a Mr. Football.

"I don't get nervous before games, but I was today. This was pretty awesome to win this, but as soon as I get back to the fieldhouse today it's time to go to work and get ready to try and win another championship."

South Pittsburg and Baylor are playing for state titles later this week at Tennessee Tech. The Red Raiders will play Ensworth at 8 p.m. EST Thursday in a rematch of last year's title game the Tigers won in the closing seconds. South Pittsburg will try to defend its championship against unbeaten Wayne County at 1 p.m. EST Friday.

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