Who are the Mr. Football Candidates?

In covering high school football in Kentucky, there are often prospects who find ways to stick out among their peers. Several 2012 prospects have had great seasons and stand to be in the running for the coveted Mr. Football award.

In covering high school football in Kentucky, there are often prospects who find ways to stick out among their peers. Several 2012 prospects have had great seasons and stand to be in the running for the coveted Mr. Football award.

In 2011, Boyle County linebacker Lamar Dawson came away with the crown. Dawson ultimately signed with USC, spurning home-state programs like Kentucky and Louisville.

A couple of the top candidates for the award in 2012 are coveted prospects like Patrick Towles, Zeke Pike, Anthony Wales and dark horse candidates like J.J. Jude and Caleb Pope.

Patrick Towles: Towles is a big, strong armed quarterback with a winning mentality. Towles has helped Highlands to the last two 5-A state championships and appears to be ready to lead the Bluebirds to a 4-A championship this season. Towles has completed more than 66 percent of his passes for 2376 yards and 30 touchdowns. Astoundingly, Towles has thrown only one interception in 158 attempts this season.

Zeke Pike: Zeke Pike committed to Auburn months back with a lot of fanfare and for the most part, he's been quiet during football season. Through eight games, Pike's team has struggled in the rugged northern Kentucky region. Pike has thrown for 1585 yards and ten touchdowns. He also rushed for 448 yards and 13 more scores this season. Pike is completing about 60 percent of his throws.

Anthony "Ace" Wales: Anthony Wales is one of two players in Kentucky chasing the all time rushing record in the state. Wales needs 1063 yards to break the all-time record in the state. With only two regular season games left, that record may seem out of reach, but Wales and Central are a favorite to win the 3-A championship. He could play as many as seven more games and add to his already impressive 1732 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season.

J.J. Jude: J.J. Jude had a historic season as a junior, rushing for Johnson Central. Last season Jude rushed for 3258 yards and 31 touchdowns. Jude carried his team deep into the playoffs before they were ousted by the eventual state champions. Jude has his team in the thick again this year, with a 7-1 record. Jude has rushed for 2384 yards and (touchdowns) this season and is only 319 yards shy of Derek Homer's all-time state record of 8224.

Caleb Pope: The player in Kentucky that you almost certainly haven't heard about is Nicholas County running back Caleb Pope. Pope plays at a small school and rarely gets any mention in the big publications, but he's consistently dominated the competition on his schedule. Pope has rushed for 1827 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, through eight games. He also has caught five passes for 230 yards and three more scores. Pope could become more high profile during the 1-A playoffs as Nicholas County is almost certain to make some noise.

Honorable Mention: DeMichael Jackson QB – Jeffersontown, J.D. Harmon WR – Tilghman, Cameron Thomas RB – East Jessamine, Justin Harris RB – Clark County

***If there are other players who you believe should be in the running, email me @ KYHSScout@gmail.com.


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