Brent Stockstill added to the Siegel football team’s historic season Thursday afternoon by being named a finalist for the TSSAA’s top award.
Stockstill was named a finalist for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football award, joining Beech junior Jalen Hurd and Whitehaven senior Mark Dodson as candidates for the Class AAA Mr. Football Back award. He is the first in second-ranked Siegel’s 10-year history to be named a finalist.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Stockstill, a senior, of being the first Siegel athlete up for the award. “I’m very humbled by it. But I think there will be many more (football players honored) to come.”
Winners will be named on Nov. 26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center in Murfreesboro. This marks the 28th year for the award.
A committee of sports writers statewide selected the winners based on performance in the 2012 regular season. Academics and character are also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
Siegel coach Greg Wyant said Stockstill being named a finalist is meaningful for the Siegel community.
“It’s exciting for our school and our facility,” Wyant said. “It’s exciting for the kids that play with him. Some schools have been spoiled by these types of things. This is very special, especially in the sport of football.
“There are some schools that have been open probably 75 years and haven’t had a Mr. Football finalist. We’re excited that he gets to represent us in this award.”
Two other Rutherford County athletes were named finalists. Murfreesboro resident Corn Elder (Ensworth) and Smyrna resident Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood Academy) were each named finalists for the Division II-AA Mr. Football Back award. Elder won the award in 2011.
Stockstill is a left-handed quarterback with scholarship offers from Memphis, Texas Tech, Toledo, UT-Chattanooga and Western Michigan. He is the son of MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill.
Dodson is an Ole Miss commitment. He rushed for 2,018 yards with 19 TDs in the regular season. Hurd is uncommitted, but has offers from numerous schools, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt among others. He rushed for 1,957 yards in the regular season with 25 TDs. He averaged 10.6 yards per carry.
Stockstill is a dual-threat quarterback. He has completed 130-of-196 passes (66 percent) for 2,008 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He has rushed for 642 yards on 89 carries with 10 touchdowns.
Stockstill helped lead Siegel (11-0) to its first undefeated regular season and first district/region title in the school’s 10-year history. Siegel hosts Blackman (8-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in the second round of the Class 6A football playoffs.
“It’s great to be recognized,” Stockstill said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates and my coaches. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
Stockstill credited his offensive line in front of him along with the rest of his teammates as a reason for his success.
Wyant said the recognition is something he and the coaching staff knew would come to their quarterback.
“We’ve seen it coming the last couple of years,” Wyant said. “He’s done a great job commanding this team and leading us.
“There is probably not a more deserving person than him. He has (character), but that goes with this whole senior class. He helps lead our football team. There is a lot of great character on this team. He probably wouldn’t be sitting here with us as a Mr. Football finalist if he did not have great character.”