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Smyrna’s Arion Carter Selected as Mr. Football

Carter rushed for nearly 12-hundred yards this season with 19 touchdowns.

Tennessee’s best high school football players for 2022 were recognized at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards luncheon hosted by the Tennessee Titans.

Smyrna senior Arion Carter was selected as Class 6A Mr. Football. Carter rushed for nearly 12-hundred yards this season with 19 touchdowns. He also had over 90 tackles and three forced fumbles along with an interception for the Bulldog’s defense.

More than 400 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2022 luncheon at Nissan Stadium.

“This is such an outstanding honor for all 30 of the young men recognized today at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards,” said Mark Reeves, Executive Director of the TSSAA. “They were here not only due to their athletic ability that they displayed on the field throughout the season, but just as much for their outstanding character and academic achievements.”

“The athletes being honored today represent some of the most talented across the state – not only showing determination on-the-field, but also demonstrating tremendous character off-the-field,” said Burke Nihill, Titans President and CEO. “We are proud to support the Mr. Football Awards and highlight these incredible men who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2022 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.

The awards were presented to the top football players in each of the nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The top kickers in the state were also recognized. There were three finalists in this category, regardless of their school’s classification.

The Titans became sponsors of the Mr. Football Awards in 2007.


  • Division I, Class 1A
    Jackson Cassidy, McKenzie
  • Division I, Class 2A
    Josh Jackson, Tyne
  • Division I, Class 3A
    Lance Williams, Alcoa
  • Division I, Class 4A
    Marcellus Jackson, Fulton
  • Division I, Class 5A
    De’Sean Bishop, Karns
  • Division I, Class 6A
    Arion Carter, Smyrna
  • Division II, Class A
    D.J. Merriweather, Clarksville Academy
  • Division II, Class AA
    Maureice “Junior” Sherrill, Lipscomb Academy
  • Division II, Class AAA
    Marcel Reed, Montgomery Bell Academy
    Oziel Hernandez, Germantown


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Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.