|MJ qb Mr. Football finalist|
|Tuesday, November 10, 2009|
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet quarterback Reed Gurchiek, one of the top play-makers in Middle Tennesse, is a finalist for the Tennessee Titans Class AAA Mr. Football Award. A 6-1, 215, senior, Gurchiek helped lead the Golden Bears to a record of 9-2 and a berth in the TSSAA playoffs.
A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2009 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
Gurchiek personally accounted for 31 Mt. Juliet touchdowns this past season — completing 69-of-120 passes for 1,358 yards and 15 TDs. He also ran 107 times for 706 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and scored 16 touchdowns.
"Reed had an outstanding two years at Mt. Juliet," said Golden Bear coach Roger Perry. "He’s a very intelligent young man, a leader on and off the field. He loves to compete. I think he’s very deserving of this honor."
The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 10 backs and linemen in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on Monday, November 30 at a luncheon held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
This is the twenty-fifth year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school football players. Plaques will be presented to 22 other finalists.