Murfreesboro, Tennessee, November 26, 2012 – Tennessee’s best high school football players for 2012 were recognized at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans.
Over 500 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2012 luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.
“Today’s celebration recognizes more that the ability of these young men to play our great game of football,” said Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. “The young men were here because of their outstanding character and academic achievements, traits which will pave their way through life, long after their football days has passed. I congratulate all of the Titans Mr. Football Award finalists for the outstanding manner in which they represent their school and community!”
High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2012 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.
The awards were presented to the top back and lineman in each of the five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. For the eighth time in the history of the award, the top kickers in the state were recognized. There were three finalists in this category, regardless of their school’s classification.
The Titans became sponsors of the Mr. Football Awards in 2007.
2012 TENNESSEE TITANS MR. FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS
Division I, Class A Lineman Division I, Class A Back
Tyler Coen, Gordonsville Will McKamey, Grace Christian
Division I, Class AA Lineman Division I, Class AA Back
Brett Kendrick, CAK Charlie High, CAK
Division I, Class AAA Lineman Division I, Class AAA Back
Austin Sanders, Bradley Central Jalen Hurd, Beech
Division II-A Lineman Division II-A Back
Chase Hensley, USJ Todd Kelly, Knoxville Webb
Division II-AA Lineman Division II-AA Back
Derek Barnett, Brentwood Academy Cornelius Elder, Ensworth
Kicker of the Year
Jonathan King, Farragut
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Junior guard Travis Betran, of the Austin Peay State University men’s basketball team, has been named the Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week.
Betran averaged 20 points in two games at the Cancun Challenge, shooting 56 percent (15-of-27) from the field. He drilled eight three-pointers – four in each contest.
Against Western Carolina, he spurred the Govs second-half comeback with 13 of his game-high 22 points coming in the second half. He was also the Govs leading scorer against Gardner-Webb with 18 points.
For his efforts, Betran was named to the Mayan Division All-Tournament team. He also earned his second OVC Newcomer of the Week honor in the season’s first month.
The Copies in a Flash APSU Athlete of the Week is selected by the APSU Sports Information staff each Tuesday during the academic year. Copies in a Flash, of Clarksville, sponsors the award.
Other notable performances by Austin Peay athletes included:
- Junior Nicole Olszewski, of the women’s basketball team, was named to the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team after averaging 14 points on 50 percent (10-of-20) shooting against UTSA and William & Mary. All her scoring came in the second half of both contests.
- Freshman Chris Horton, of the men’s basketball team, joined Betran on the Mayan Division all-tourney team by averaging six points and an astounding four blocks at the Cancun Challenge. He was named OVC Freshman of the Week and has at least two blocks in each game this season.
NASHVILLE, Tenn —The Tennessee Titans have dismissed offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and named quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains as the Titans new offensive coordinator.
Head Coach Mike Munchak met with Palmer on Monday evening to inform him of his decision.
“I have a great deal of respect for Chris Palmer as a coach and that was the reason we brought him here. I appreciate the time and effort he put in here and I want to wish him and his family the best moving forward.
As an offense I didn’t feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped. I believe we needed a change in direction and I hope to see that progress in our remaining games. Dowell has worked here for a number of years under some very successful coordinators and he is ready for this challenge.”
By Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans coach Mike Munchak has fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer and replaced the veteran with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
The Titans said Munchak told Palmer of his decision Monday night.
Munchak said in a statement he respects Palmer as a coach, which is why they brought him to Tennessee.
“As an offense I didn’t feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped,” Munchak said. “I believe we needed a change in direction and I hope to see that progress in our remaining games. Dowell has worked here for a number of years under some very successful coordinators and he is ready for this challenge.”
Owner Bud Adams put everyone in the franchise on notice after a 51-20 loss to Chicago on Nov. 4. Jake Locker returned to the starting lineup Nov. 11, and Tennessee beat Miami 37-3. But the Titans (4-7) became the first team to lose in Jacksonville 24-19 on Sunday when the offense sputtered after getting to the Jacksonville 24 and had to settle for five field goal attempts.
The Titans are 24th averaging 327.7 yards per game and only 20th in passing with an average of 220.8 yards per game. Tennessee is 30th with an average time of possession of 27 minutes, 11 seconds per game, and 29th with 17.5 first downs per game.
Palmer helped the New York Giants win the 2008 Super Bowl as quarterbacks coach with Eli Manning. But he was working in the UFL as head coach of the Hartford Colonials when Munchak hired him in February 2011 knowing Tennessee would be drafting a quarterback that April with the eighth pick overall.
The Titans used that selection on Jake Locker. He was chosen the starter this August, and the loss to Jacksonville was his sixth start due to injury. Munchak said earlier Monday that Locker threw too early on a pass intercepted late when Tennessee had the ball and a chance to take the lead.
“If you want to be in the playoffs, those are the drives you have to finish,” Munchak said before firing Palmer.
Loggains, 32, has been with the Titans since 2006 when he was hired as a coaching administrative assistant. He became quality control coach for the offense in 2008 and 2009 when the late Mike Heimerdinger was the team’s offensive coordinator.
A quarterback in college at Arkansas, Loggains was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2010. He helped Kerry Collins post an 82.2 passer rating that was the third-best of his career, while Vince Young had a 98.6 passer rating that was the best of his career to that point.
Veteran Matt Hasselbeck had the third best season of his career last year with the Titans, throwing for 3,571 yards.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -Travis Betran, who led Austin Peay State University’s come-from-behind victory against Western Carolina last week, has been selected Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.
Meanwhile, freshman center Chris Horton, who had eight blocked shots in the final two games of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge, has been named the OVC Freshman of the Week.
That was announced Monday by the OVC office.
Betran, the 6-3 guard from Harlem, N.Y., was named to Cancun Challenge Mayan Division All-Tournament team after averaging 20.0 ppg in two Cancun games, shooting 56 percent (15 of 27) from the floor. He also connected on half of his 16 three-point attempts.
Against Western Carolina in the Mayan semifinals, he spurred APSU’s second-half comeback, scoring 13 second-half points of his game-high 22. That included three second-half three pointers that brought APSU back from a second-half 10-point deficit. His second three pointer gave APSU a lead it would never relinquish and he followed it with a second straight three.
Betran also was APSU’s leading scorer against Gardner-Webb with 18 points, nailing four three pointers for a second straight game.
Like Betran, Horton was named to the Cancun Challenger Mayan Division all-tourney team after serving as a defensive presence in APSU’s two Mexico contests. He blocked four shots in each of the Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb games.
In addition, the Decatur, Ga., native recorded his short career’s second double-figure scoring performance with 10 points by going 4-of-7 from floor and 2-of-2 at the line.
Horton has blocked at least two shots in each game and has 15 overall blocks this season.
It was the second time for both Horton and Betran to win the respective freshman and newcomer awards.
CLARKSVILLE – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team continues to build its 2013-14 roster, adding Beth Rates, of Hawesville, Ky., who signed a national letter of intent during the early signing period.
Rates, a 6-1 center, averaged 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game last season for Hancock County High School. She finished the campaign ranked among the states leaders in field-goal percentage (57.4 percent). Rates was the Region 3 Player of the Year and honorable mention all-state pick. She was named to the All-Region 3 team, District 11 squad and was an All-Class A pick. Rates also was selected to the 2012 Kentucky Junior All-Star squad.
“Adding Beth to our roster brings us some versatility to the frontcourt,” said Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels. “She is a post with guard skills. Beth has continued to improve her game each and every year and I have no doubt that will continue throughout her collegiate career. She has a good touch, handles the ball well, has a good nose for the ball and has extremely good hands.”
Rates was ranked one of Kentucky’s top 25 players in USA Today’s preseason rankings as voted by the state’s coaches. Rick Bolus’ Basketball recruiting service ranked her among the state’s top 25 players as well.
Jimmy Stewart, the former Austin Peay State University baseball great who was a member of the University’s first athletic Hall of Fame class and enjoyed a 10-year major league baseball career, died Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
A former Govs third baseman/shortstop, Steward was inducted into the APSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978-79 along with George Fisher, Halbert Harvill, Dick Hays, Tom Morgan, Stella Schupp and broadcaster Earl Walton a year after Dave Aaron was the lone inductee when the Hall of Fame was initiated in 1977-78.
In the pre-1970s, Stewart owned the program’s highest single-season batting average when he hit .435 in 1961; he finished with a .369 career mark. As a senior, he was named All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC) after he captained the Govs to an 11-4 record.
But Stewart was a multi-sport star. He was named All-VSAC in basketball during 1961, averaging 10.4 ppg and All-Regional in the NCAA South Central tournament after leading the Governors to a 22-9 record.
In track, he held the school record in 220-yard dash (22.6) for many years. The Opelika, Ala., native was named recipient of the Joy Award in 1961 as Austin Peay’s most valuable senior athlete.
After college, Stewart strictly concentrated on baseball, where he played for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros from 1963–1973.
Stewart came up with the Cubs as a middle infielder in 1963. He was purchased from the Cubs by the Chicago White Sox during the 1967 season. After playing in their minor league system for two seasons, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds from the White Sox in the 1968 Rule 5 draft.
On Nov. 29, 1971, Stewart was part of a famous trade that brought future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, César Gerónimo, Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, and Denis Menke to the Reds from the Houston Astros for Stewart, Lee May and Tommy Helms.
After his playing days, Stewart served as a longtime scout, including 11 years back with the Reds.
According to reports, he played a major role in the trades that built the Reds’ 1990 world championship team, including those that brought the Reds Danny Jackson and Jose Rijo, anchors of that staff.
He’s also was credited with writing the scouting report on Oakland before the 1990 World Series that convinced Reds manager Lou Piniella that the Reds would upset the A’s.
Funeral services will be held in both Florida and Alabama. Check back at letsgopeay.com here for details about the arrangements.
ST. LOUIS — The annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 20 at the downtown Millennium Hotel, will honor several members of the 2012 Cardinals that advanced to the National League Championship Series for a second straight season.
Highlighting the evening will be the writers’ presentation of the St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year award to Yadier Molina, who was at the center of the Cardinals’ success last season. Molina, who recently finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player race, will also be presented with his Gold Glove Award at the dinner.
Several other awards will also be presented, including the Darryl Kile Award, which honors the player who best epitomizes being “a good teammate, a great friend, a fine father and a humble man.” The winner is selected by his teammates for the award that was established to honor Kile, who passed away in 2002.
Adam Wainwright (Bob Bauman Physical Comeback Award) and Matt Carpenter (Rookie of the Year) are among several other players to be recognized.
The St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Dinner falls during the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up event and is one of only three such dinners in the country. Tickets for the dinner cost $125 and can be purchased by sending a check or money order to the following address: St. Louis BBWAA, P.O. Box 605, St. Louis, Mo., 63188.
Fans wanting to purchase tickets to both the Writers’ Dinner and Winter Warm-Up can do so at a discounted price of $150. That represents a $15 savings over purchasing the two tickets separately.
JACKSONVILLE — The Titans recorded seven sacks of Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne, but found it more difficult to record seven points on Sunday in Jacksonville.
Tennessee didn’t capitalize on great field position to start the day, and suffered from disadvantageous field position most of the rest of the game in a 24-19 loss at EverBank Field.
The Titans’ defense forced a turnover on the first snap of the game when Sen’Derrick Marks batted a pass by Henne up into the air and Alterraun Verner won the battle for the football against Cecil Shorts III to give Tennessee the ball at Jacksonville’s 28-yard line. It was the second interception of the season for Verner and sixth of his career, but the Titans settled for a 38-yard field goal by Rob Bironas after failing to gain a first down.
“Obviously, a very disappointing loss for us in a game where we had plenty of opportunities,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “Right from the beginning, with the turnover, we struggled all day to score points and had to settle for field goals when we could have done much better than that. When you do that in this league, it ends up costing you.”
Settling for field goals became an unsettling pattern for Tennessee (4-7), which lost footing in its attempt to begin a late season charge for a postseason berth in its final six games. Bironas fired accurately from 40, 39 and 33 yards but missed a 42-yard attempt with 9:34 left in the first half, which Tennessee ended down 7-6.
“We had a chance with the playoffs, and now it’s definitely out of our hands,” Verner said. “I felt like we still had it under our control if we kept winning out. So it’s definitely frustrating because we still haven’t won a division game. We’re 0-3.”
The Titans’ starting field position average was their own 23, but that was skewed by having such good field position on its opening possession. Tennessee started inside its own 20 on eight of its 12 possessions, compared to Jacksonville, which started just one of its 12 possessions inside its own 20.
Tennessee recorded its most sacks in a game since recording seven against Jacksonville in 2008 and equaled its total in the three previous games combined.
The Titans sacked Henne three times on the Jaguars’ second possession. Zach Brown, who had a career-high two sacks, started the action with a tackle for a 2-yard loss, Akeem Ayers dropped Henne for a loss of seven, and Jurrell Casey moved Jacksonville 10 more yards back and out of field-goal range one play later.
Kamerion Wimbley added a sack of Henne for a loss of two in the second quarter, Brown got his second sack in the third quarter, and Michael Griffin and Karl Klug added sacks in the fourth quarter.
Griffin’s sack on a blitz took Jacksonville out of field-goal range early in the fourth quarter, and Klug’s pursuit of Henne forced a punt that gave the Titans the ball down 21-19 with 3:28 remaining, but the Titans lost the ball two plays later when Russell Allen tipped a pass Jake Locker intended for Jared Cook, and Dwight Lowery intercepted the ball and returned it to the Tennessee 36.
Damian Williams walked the tightrope by getting both feet down for a gain of 27 in the third quarter, and thought he had done so for a touchdown and the lead in the fourth quarter.
After the Titans moved the ball from their own 13 to the Jacksonville 15 with six straight completions by Locker, the second-year quarterback lofted a pass to Williams, but officials ruled that he didn’t get his right foot down in bounds.
Munchak decided to challenge the ruling, but officials said there was not enough evidence to overturn the call. A different verdict was hurt by a lack of camera angles, Munchak said, and a harsh shadow cast by Williams’ foot. The close call kept the Titans from reclaiming the lead with 10:21 left in the game and cost the Titans an important timeout.
“We knew in this game there were not going to be a lot of camera angles and they were not going to show us the replays upstairs or on the sidelines,” Munchak said. “Because of that and he (Damian Williams) was comfortable he got it in, so we thought we had a shot at it. The other side of that was when we got to the line of scrimmage, we weren’t going to get the play off, so you have to call timeout anyway, so we might as well challenge the play.
“The official told me if they had called it a touchdown, he wouldn’t have overruled it,” Munchak continued. “They couldn’t tell because of the shadow and the look they had, he couldn’t tell if he was in or out, so he had to go with how it was called on the field, which was incomplete.”
The Titans also had a first down gain on third-and-3 erased on video review in the second quarter when officials determined Nate Washington’s right foot landed out of bounds. The replay of that was much more conclusive.
Washington narrowly missed a touchdown grab in the third quarter when officials ruled he didn’t control a pass on the sideline of the end zone with both feet in bounds.
The incompletions on the near touchdowns forced field goals.
HIDDEN COST OF PENALTY
An offsides penalty against Derrick Morgan loomed large against the Titans in the third quarter.
Although it was offset by a penalty against Jacksonville on the play, it erased a stop by the Titans’ defense on third-and-7 and forced a replay of the down. Henne completed a deep pass to Shorts, who found an opening in the Titans’ secondary and zoomed untouched for a 59-yard TD and a 14-6 lead with 8:40 left in the third quarter.
BRITT BACK IN END ZONE
Despite falling behind 21-12 with 6:50 remaining, the Titans mounted a comeback.
Locker quickly led the Titans to a touchdown with four straight completions before Chris Johnson zipped for a 31-yard gain. Locker connected with Kenny Britt for a six-yard touchdown one play later. Locker was 5-for-5 on the drive for 47 yards on the possession as the Titans drove 78 yards in 1:58 to make it 21-19 with 4:52 remaining. It was the first TD for Britt since his game-tying score against Pittsburgh on Oct. 11.
Tennessee then forced a punt by Jacksonville and got the ball at its own 37 with 3:28 left. Jacksonville, however, stuffed Johnson for no gain, then recorded the first of its two late interceptions to seal the game.