Two Chattanooga players named Tennessee Titans Mr. Football finalists

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Baylor (34) Caleb Hampton breaks a tackle on his way to a score at the Baylor School on Friday, November 11, 2022. MUS played at Baylor in a Division II-AAA second round football playoff game.

Two local players whose teams are still alive in the TSSAA prep football playoffs were also named finalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards announced Tuesday night.

Baylor senior running back Caleb Hampton (Division II-AAA) and Tyner senior quarterback Josh Jackson (Class 2A) were each named as one of three finalists for the award in their respective classification.

Finalists were named during Titans coach Mike Vrabel's Tuesday night coach's show and award winners will be announced during a banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Nissan Stadium.

Four other area players who had been named semifinalists in their class -- McCallie junior defensive lineman Carson Gentle (D-II AAA), Chattanooga Christian junior athlete Boo Carter (D-II AA), East Hamilton senior athlete Juan Bullard (4A) and South Pittsburg junior quarterback Kamden Wellington -- did not advance to become finalists.

The award is based on regular-season production with the playoffs not factoring into the decision of who is named a finalist or award winner.

Hampton helped guide Baylor to the program's first BlueCross Bowl state championship game appearance in 11 years, where the Red Raiders will face top-ranked MBA at Finley Stadium next Thursday at 7.

In the team's eight-win regular season, Hampton rushed for 1,485 yards, averaged 9.8 per carry and scored 23 touchdowns.

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Tyner (9) Joshua Jackson tosses a swing pass against Chattanooga Central on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Finley Stadium.
 
 

"I found out when my coach sent a message and then my dad also texted to say congratulations," said Hampton, a two-sport star who also batted .396 with seven home runs and 14 doubles last spring in baseball. "It made me feel very blessed to be considered one of the top players in the state. I'm honored.

"I'm also very grateful for my linemen because I couldn't do it without those guys and my teammates. This was a goal I set for myself, so it feels good to achieve that. But now we're laser focused on next week and that game is our main focus. We're hungry to win a state title for our school and our city."

Jackson threw for 2,137 yards and 26 TDs in 10 regular-season games. The top-ranked Rams (12-1), who will host York Institute (9-4) in Friday's semifinals, won the region 3-2A title and are trying to return to the title game for the first time in five years.

"Josh would be the first one to tell anybody that something like this is a team award," Rams coach Scott Chandler said. "He's a very talented young man who makes us go on offense, but he's also surrounded by other talented players.

"It's been incredible to watch him grow in our offense and become the player he is. He's a special talent and deserves this recognition."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.


DIVISION I, CLASS 1A

Kumaro Brown, MASE

Jackson Cassidy, McKenzie

Isaiah Thomison, Fayetteville

DIVISION I, CLASS 2A

Jacquan Davis, Fairley

Josh Jackson, Tyner

Zech Prince, East Robertson

DIVISION I, CLASS 3A

Jordan Harris, Alcoa

Mark Joseph, Sheffield

Lance Williams, Alcoa

DIVISION I, CLASS 4A

Gabe Borders, Macon County

Marcellus Jackson, Fulton

Walker Martinez, Anderson County

DIVISION I, CLASS 5A

De’Sean Bishop, Karns

Malaki Dowell, White County

Brayden Latham, Knoxville West

DIVISION I, CLASS 6A

Justin Brown, Blackman

Arion Carter, Smyrna

Noah Vaughn, Maryville

DIVISION II, CLASS A

Jared Curtis, Nashville Christian

Kevin Finch, University School of Jackson

D.J. Merriweather, Clarksville Academy

DIVISION II, CLASS AA

Kaleb Beasley, Lipscomb Academy

Charlie Robinson, Webb School of Knoxville

Maureice “Junior” Sherrill, Lipscomb Academy

DIVISION II, CLASS AAA

Max Carroll, Briarcrest Christian

Caleb Hampton, Baylor

Marcel Reed, Montgomery Bell Academy

KICKER OF THE YEAR

Max Gilbert, Lausanne

Oziel Hernandez, Germantown

Reese Keeney, Farragut