Trinity running back Brooks represents Louisville
Seven players, including four who won state championships earlier this month, have been named finalists for Kentucky’s Mr. Football award by The Associated Press.
The winner is expected to be announced later this month.
The Highlands duo of quarterback Beau Hoge and wide receiver Alex Veneman — who helped the Bluebirds capture their 23rd state title (Class 4-A) two weeks ago — are among the seven finalists.
Hoge, who has committed Brigham Young, completed 235 of 373 passes for 3,459 yards and 35 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 865 yards and 26 touchdowns on 126 carries.
Veneman finished with 95 receptions for 1,595 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Running back Donald Brooks, who led Trinity to its 23rd state title (Class 6-A), is another finalist. He rushed for 1,508 yards and 24 touchdowns on 298 carries and also had 43 receptions for 400 yards and three TDs.
Pulaski County quarterback Riley Hall helped the Maroons win their first state title (Class 5-A), completing 146 of 229 passes for 2,059 yards and 20 touchdowns with six interceptions.
Hall is a junior, and the Mr. Football award traditionally has been open only to seniors. The Associated Press no longer requires Mr. Football nominees to be seniors.
Here’s a look at the other three finalists:
* Graves County running back/linebacker Cody Crider, who has committed to Southern Illinois, was one of the state’s top two-way players. He rushed for 2,699 yards and 32 touchdowns on 314 carries and also had 20 catches for 221 yards and three TDs. On defense, he recorded 96 tackles (58 solo), three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
* Madison Southern running back Damien Harris rushed for 1,474 yards and 23 touchdowns on 99 carries. He was limited to seven games because of a leg injury. The state’s top-ranked recruit, Harris has narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State and Texas A&M. He won the Paul Hornung Award earlier this week.
* Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar, who has committed to Purdue, completed 206 of 294 passes for 3,609 yards and 49 touchdowns with four interceptions. He finished his career with a state-record 144 TD passes and ranks second all-time with 12,637 career passing yards. He was named the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year earlier this month.