Whitaker humbled by Mr. Football experience

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
From left are Dezmon Johnson (Lake County), Mr. Football Bryce Hanley (Greenback), and Cornersville’s Cameron Whitaker at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award presentation Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
Photo by Danny Parker

Cornersville’s all-purpose senior standout Cameron Whitaker relished the big stage at Nissan Stadium for Sunday’s Tennessee Titans Mr. Football presentation and even though Greenback’s Bryce Hanley won the Class A award, Whitaker was thankful and humbled by the experience.

“I could not have got here without my football team, my coaches, my community, and all the people that have helped me through my four years in high school,” Whitaker said. “Just knowing all the people on the banners here have been in this room is unbelievable.”

Whitaker and his undefeated Bulldog squad came up with a huge 22-8 win at Lake County Friday night to advance to the Class A BlueCross Bowl state title game versus Whitwell Saturday at Tennessee Tech University.

“It’s truly a blessing to be part of this Bulldog program, we have broken a lot of records and coach (Gerard) Randolph has built us into a championship team,” Whitaker said. “Now we are going to get ready for Whitwell by watching film, studying their schemes and plays, and keep working out. I really wanted to win both, but I really want to win that gold ball a lot more.”

Whitaker has put up some huge numbers this season, rushing the ball 88 times for 957 yards (10.9 yards per rush) with 20 touchdowns and catching 14 passes for 220 yards (15.7 yards per catch) and two TD’s.

“I’m very proud and there is nothing for him to hang his head about,” Randolph said. “Just to be a semifinalist and a finalist is such a huge accomplishment for him and it makes our program look so good with him being able to be here and represent Cornersville football, so I’m just so proud of him.”

Whitaker also has two punt returns for touchdowns, two fumble recovery TD’s, and two interceptions on defense.

Class A Tennessee Titans Mr. Football finalist Cameron Whitaker proudly displays his plaque along with Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph at Nissan Stadium on Sunday night.

“This is just great for Cameron and great for Cornersville football,” Randolph added.

The Bulldogs have made huge strides under Randolph, posting a 13-2 record in 2017, while garnering the program’s first region title, first playoff wins (4), and first appearance in the BlueCross Bowl.

Cornersville has added to those feats this season as they finished with an undefeated regular season, another region title, a remarkable 10-game shutout streak, and the program’s first road playoff wins (2).

“We are very blessed and appreciative to be able to go back to Cookeville this year, it is a very hard, grueling journey, but it is one we welcome and one we definitely look forward to doing on Saturday,” Randolph said. “I’m just blessed to be part of this group and to be the coach of this group. It is just an awesome group of kids and I’m just happy to be here.”

2018 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award Winners

Division I, Class 1A

Bryce Hanley, Greenback

Division I, Class 2A

Aaron Swafford, Meigs County

Division I, Class 3A

Walker Russell, Alcoa

Division I, Class 4A

Cade Ballard, Greeneville

Division I, Class 5A

Deshawn Page, Fulton

Division I, Class 6A

Devon Starling, Cane Ridge

Division II, Class A

Stone Norton, Davidson Academy

Division II, Class AA

Eric Gray, Lausanne

Division II, Class AAA

Maurice Hampton, MUS

Kicker of the Year

Garrett Taylor, Oakland