They include Watertown’s first semifinalists ever in quarterback Seth Price and his left tackle, Rusty Staats. Also honored are Mt. Juliet tackle D.J. Delfendahl and Wilson Central kicker/punter Adam Williams, who is the first Wildcat to reach the semifinalist stage of the prestigious honor.
Until last year, the TSSAA named three finalists in each category - a back and lineman in each of the eight classifications and a kicker for all classes - which went to the awards ceremony. In 2015, four semifinalists were whittled to two in mid-November and the two finalists appeared at the banquet.
The semifinalists will be announced by Titans radio announcer Mike Keith at noon Nov. 15 at www.titansonline.com. The awards luncheon will be held Nov. 28 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected the winners based on their 2016 regular-season performances.
Along with Staats (an Air Force commit), Marion County teammates Alex Kirkendoll and Hunter McClain and Forrest’s Slayton Wild, son of Wilson Central girls’ basketball coach John Wild, are up for Class 2A Lineman.
Delfendahl, who has committed to play at Middle Tennessee State, is up for 6A Lineman with Maryville’s T.D. Blackmon, Whitehaven’s Aubrey Miller and Franklin’s Max Wray.
Price, who has set touchdown passing records at his school and was close to the Wilson County mark going into Friday’s playoff game against Boyd Buchanan, is up for 2A Back with Austin-East’s Darius Harper, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences’ Caleb Johnson and Trezevant’s Cordarrian Richardson.
Williams is up for Kicker of the Year with Farragut’s Joe Doyle, East Hamilton’s Jake McClure and Siegel’s Jacob Smith.