Posey, Sweeney named Mr. Football semifinalists

Friday, November 6, 2015

Marshall County High School quarterback Ashton Posey and Forrest lineman Boone Sweeney were named as semifinalists for the 2015 The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award on Thursday.

The two senior student athletes are one of four semifinalists for the award that will be presented to the top backs and linemen in eight classifications of the TSSAA on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Two finalists for each category will be announced by Mike Keith on the Titans website at www.titansonline.com on Monday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 p.m. EST.

The two finalists for each award will be the ones invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award will be announced.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2015 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

"We are obviously excited and appreciative about being involved with the Tennessee Titans for the ninth consecutive year," stated Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA. "They have helped make the recognition of these 68 student-athletes, their families, and schools possible. The sponsorship of the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards and numerous contributions to high schools across the state since the team moved to Tennessee have meant a great deal to the member schools of the TSSAA."

This is the 31st year that 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 category. A Mr. Football plaque will be presented to the runner-up in each category. The other semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.

Marshall County quarterback Ashton Posey is closing in on 5,000 passing yards for his career. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Posey, who was named to the 12-AA All-District first team last season has had an incredible year for the Tigers, who will face Cumberland County tonight in the first round of the Class 4-AAAA Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association playoffs.

Posey has thrown for 2,435 yards on the season, completing 70 percent of his passes on the season, while sporting a stellar 129.1 quarterback rating.

Posey has tossed 24 touchdowns, while throwing just five interceptions.

Behind Posey's signal calling, the Tigers have put up 43.3 points per game on offense.

Posey has also rushed for 292 yards and eight touchdowns and has caught one pass for a TD.

Boone Sweeney, gray jersey, has been a standout on both sides of the ball during his career at Forrest. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Sweeney, who was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State football team and honored as District 9-A Lineman of the Year last season has been a stalwart linemen on both sides of the ball for the Rockets in his four-year career.

Sweeney, who has faced a double-team from the opposition all season has still managed a team-leading 7.5 sacks and has 40 tackles for the Rockets' defense that has held opponents to a mere 10.4 points per game.

A two-sport star at Forrest, Sweeney was also named to Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State baseball team and was a member of the All-District 9-A squad in 2014.

More than 400 people, including the 34 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, are expected to attend the 2015 luncheon.