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Taylor a Mr. Football finalist
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C.J. Taylor was announced as a finalist for the 6A Tennessee Titans Mr. Football award Tuesday online by Mike Keith, the voice of the Titans. 

The Mr. Football award is one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious award for a Tennessee high school football player. C.J. is invited to a luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the award presentation.

C.J. has received several college football offers, with Vanderbilt University the latest coming on Tuesday. Other offers are Army, Navy, Mississippi State, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky, and Austin Peay.

The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards will be presented to the top football players in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. For the 18th consecutive year, the top kicker in the state will be recognized with a Mr. Football Award, regardless of classification.

This is the 36th year the Mr. Football awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. A Mr. Football trophy will be presented to the winners of each of the nine categories. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the other two finalists in each category.

There are three finalists in the 6A classification, the largest football classification in the state. Other finalists with C.J. Taylor in Division I 6A are Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood and Jalen Hunt, McMinn County.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2020 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

All the voting has already occurred, but the announcement of the winners won’t come until Dec. 8.

“We are very appreciative of the Tennessee Titans for their continued support of these awards,” said Bernard Childress, executive director of the TSSAA. “Having the awards presented at Nissan Stadium will provide a very special atmosphere for these outstanding student-athletes.”

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people will be permitted to attend this year’s awards ceremony. More than 100 people, including the 30 finalists, family members, and coaches are expected to attend the 2020 luncheon.

Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live videostream will be provided at

C.J. rushed for 1,763 yards this season, which places him sixth on the single season rushing records for a Tennessee high school quarterback. C.J. had 2,261 total offensive yards that included 498 passing yards. That is an average of 205.5 offensive yards per game.