NASHVILLE — Alex Kirkendoll added the state's most prized individual prep football award to his list of accomplishments Monday afternoon, being named Class 2A's Tennessee Titans Mr. Football lineman of the year.
Next, Marion County's senior linebacker will try to help bring back the biggest team prize when the Warriors take on Trezevant in a rematch of last year's state championship.
Kirkendoll beat out teammate Hunter McClain for the Mr. Football award Monday and was the only Chattanooga area player, of the four finalists, to win.
The 6-foot-3, 220 pound Kirkendoll, who was the defensive MVP of last year's state title game, ranked among the area's leaders in tackles with 126 and had 11 for lost yardage, three sacks and two safeties in the regular season for a defense that allowed just four rushing touchdowns in 10 games.
Besides McClain, Sequatchie County's Hunter Davenport was also runner-up for Class 3A's back of the year and McCallie quarterback Robert Riddle was runner-up for Division II-AA back of the year.
Marion and Knoxville Catholic were the only two programs to have each of the two finalists up for the same award. Catholic's Amari Rogers and Chase Kuerschen were finalists for 4A back of the year, with Rogers winning that award. Also, Catholic's Cade Mays won 4A lineman of the year.