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Who has won Kentucky’s Mr. Football award?

Paintsville’s Kash Daniel breaks into the Paris secondary for a touchdown Friday, November 20, 2015, during post-season play in Paris, Ky.
Paintsville’s Kash Daniel breaks into the Paris secondary for a touchdown Friday, November 20, 2015, during post-season play in Paris, Ky. The Daily Independent (Ashland)

Looking to brush up on Kentucky’s high school football history? Here’s a chart breaking down the previous winners of the state’s Mr. Football award, along with some brief knowledge about the award’s history.

▪  Thirty Mr. Football recipients have been named, beginning with the 1986 season.

▪  Quarterbacks have won the award 15 times, more than any other position group.

▪  A running back has been named Mr. Football seven times. Only three receivers have won the award, but two came in the last four seasons (James Quick in 2012 and Nacarius Fant in 2013).

▪  Frank Jacobs, a star tight end for Newport Central Catholic, won the first award in 1986. A tight end hasn’t won the award since.

▪  Dennis Johnson, a standout at Harrodsburg who’s now the head coach at Woodford County, is the only lineman to have won the award. He made his name as a defensive end but also saw time on the offensive line at Harrodsburg.

▪  Western Kentucky has produced 12 Mr. Football winners, the most of any region in the state. Louisville has seven. Central Kentucky and Northern Kentucky have four apiece. Eastern Kentucky has three.

▪  No player from a Lexington school has won Mr. Football.

Year

Player

High school

Position

College

1986

Frank Jacobs

Newport Central Catholic

TE

Notre Dame

1987

Kurt Barber

Paducah Tilghman

LB

Southern Cal

1988

Jeff Brohm

Trinity

QB

Louisville

1989

Pookie Jones

Calloway County

QB

Kentucky

1990

Damon Hood

Warren Central

RB

Kentucky

1991

Scott Russell

Evarts

RB

Lees-McRae/Union

1992

Billy Jack Haskins

Paducah Tilghman

QB

Kentucky/Rhode Island

1993

Jeremy Simpson

Lincoln County

RB

Cumberland

1994

Shaun Alexander

Boone County

RB

Alabama

1995

Tim Couch

Leslie County

QB

Kentucky

1996

Derek Homer

Fort Knox

RB

Kentucky

1997

Dennis Johnson

Harrodsburg

DL/OL

Kentucky

1998

Jared Lorenzen

Highlands

QB

Kentucky

1999

Travis Atwell

Hancock County

QB

Toledo/Kentucky

2000

Montrell Jones

Male

WR

Tennessee/Louisville

2001

Jeff Duggins

Boyle County

QB

Alfred State

2002

Michael Bush

Male

QB

Louisville

2003

Brian Brohm

Trinity

QB

Louisville

2004

Curtis Pulley

Hopkinsville

QB

Kentucky

2005

Micah Johnson

Fort Campbell

LB

Kentucky

2006

Douglas Beaumont

Male

RB

Louisville

2007

Corey Robinson

Lone Oak

QB

Troy

2008

Deuce Finch

St. Xavier

RB

Boston College

2009

Antonio Andrews

Fort Campbell

QB

Western Kentucky

2010

Lamar Dawson

Boyle County

LB

Southern Cal

2011

Patrick Towles

Highlands

QB

Kentucky

2012

James Quick

Trinity

WR

Louisville

2013

Nacarius Fant

Bowling Green

WR

Western Kentucky

2014

Elijah Sindelar

Caldwell County

QB

Purdue

2015

Kash Daniel

Paintsville

LB/QB

Kentucky

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