Brent Stockstill didn’t win the state’s top award Monday.
However, the Siegel senior quarterback’s gutsy performance against Maryville in the Class 6A state semifinals continued to be a large topic of conversation during the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards held at the Embassy Suites & Convention Center.
Beech junior running back Jalen Hurd, who will likely be the state’s top college prospect next season, won the Class AAA Mr. Football Back award. He was chosen over Stockstill and Whitehaven running back Mark Dodson.
“It’s just a great honor to be recognized with those great guys, who put up unreal numbers,” Stockstill said. “It’s just fun to be up there. It’s exciting and humbling.”
Murfreesboro resident Corneilus Elder, an Ensworth senior, won his second straight Division II-AA Mr. Football Back Award.
Hurd has 2,963 rushing yards and 39 total touchdowns through 14 games this season and leads top-ranked Beech (14-0) to the Class 5A BlueCross Bowl, where the Buccaneers play Columbia on Friday in a rematch of the 2009 championship.
Dodson, an Ole Miss commitment, has rushed for 2,977 yards with 32 touchdowns. He is averaging over 10 yards a carry entering the Class 6A BlueCross Bowl, which features Whitehaven and Maryville in a rematch of the 2011 title game.
Stockstill led Siegel to a 13-1 season — the school’s best in its 10-year history. Playing with a torn ACL in his right knee sustained the week prior, Stockstill threw for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-43 loss Friday in the Class 6A state semifinals.
Stockstill finished the season completing 174-of-263 passes for 2,697 yards with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also rushed for more than 650 yards with 10 touchdowns. And Stockstill did that in just 13 games. He didn’t play in Week 1 against Lincoln County because of an injury.
Against Maryville, he torched the Rebels’ secondary essentially playing on one leg. He had a noticeable limp during the second half as he played with a braced right knee that was heavily taped.
Maryville coach George Quarles was still enamored by Stockstill’s gritty performance on Monday prior to the Mr. Football luncheon. Coaches and selected players from all 16 BlueCross Bowl eligible teams met at the hotel for a press conference.
TSSAA executive director Bernard Childress made it a point to go congratulate the Siegel senior and express his well wishes.
Childress said he attended the Class 5A semifinal at Columbia on Friday, but watch much of the Siegel game on his smartphone. The game was streamed on the TSSAA Network.
Even former TSSAA executive director Ronnie Carter commented on Stockstill’s performance. Carter said he read of Stockstill’s performance in the newspaper on Saturday.
“It’s a great honor for our school and it’s a great team honor,” Siegel coach Greg Wyant said. “This goes back to how well we played as a team.
“I’m proud of Brent. He created a legend last Friday night. If they would have voted on the thing last Friday night, he probably should have won the thing.”
The award, however, only takes the regular season into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on the 2012 regular season.
Stockstill said he will soon sit down and discuss surgery to repair the partially torn ACL. He said he’ll likely have surgery prior to Christmas. Stockstill, who is also a two-year starter for the Stars’ baseball team, will miss his final year of baseball. He was a starting center fielder and starting pitcher for Siegel.
“I just tried to leave it all out there,” Stockstill said. “I knew I couldn’t make it much worse. I needed to have surgery regardless.”