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Catholic’s Hood named Mr. Football-3A; Jackson 2nd in 5A

Daniel Hood is upholding a recent tradition of Mr. Football excellence at Knoxville Catholic.

Hood, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound standout lineman/tight-end who’s helped lead the undefeated Irish to the Class 3A state championship game, has been named Tennessee Titans Mr. Football 2008 among 3A linemen statewide.

“That’s a tremendous honor for Daniel; out of the last seven years we’ve had four kids win Mr. Football, and three other kids that were runners-up,” KCHS head coach Mark Pemberton said. “Daniel’s had a tremendous impact on our football team. Great player for us his whole career. That’s a well-deserved recognition for Daniel. He was by far, I think, the best guy in our league and the state. ... We’re very proud of him.

“He’s an excellent student, also, had a 27 A-C-T; I think’s he’s a 3.9 grade point average,” Pemberton added. “Couldn’t have happened to a better kid.”

Hood beat out 3A linemen finalists Blaine Boone of White House and Evan Webb of David Lipscomb.

Meanwhile, Farragut All-state offensive lineman Will Jackson, a 6-foot-5, 278-pound Georgia Tech commitment, finished second among Class 5A Mr. Football linemen finalist. Jacques Smith of Ooltewah won that honor.

Fifteen Tennessee Titans Mr. Football honorees in seven TSSAA classifications were named (among 45 finalists) during a ceremony Monday, Dec. 1, at Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Murfreesboro.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2008 regular season. Academics and character also were criteria.

High school head coaches and statewide media nominated the finalists.

Mike Keith, Titans’ play-by-play voice, emceed the awards presentation.

This is the 24th consecutive year Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players.


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