The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl announced seven finalists for the South Carolina Mr. Football award on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Two of those selected by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association play for local teams, Mikele Colasurdo of Chapman and Rahjai Harris of Byrnes. All seven players will be recognized during halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl on Saturday, December 14, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, followed by the introduction of this year’s award recipient.
The 7 finalists for the 2019 Mr. Football award are:
- Noah Bell
Saluda High School
- Mikele Colasurdo
Chapman High School
Committed to Georgia State
- Luke Doty
Myrtle Beach High School
Committed to the University of South Carolina
- Rahjai Harris
Byrnes High School
Committed to East Carolina University
- Jalin Hyatt
Dutch Fork High School
Committed to the University of Tennessee
- Duane Martin
Laurens District 55 High School
Committed to the University of Louisville
- Tyler Venables
Daniel High School
Committed to Clemson University
The S.C. Athletic Coaches Association established the Mr. Football award in 1995. Seven former recipients have played or are currently playing in the National Football League.
“We want to thank our committee who came in to choose our Mr. Football candidates,” said Shell Dula, executive director of the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association. “We feel that the finalists are not only outstanding football players but also outstanding young men. They certainly represent the state of South Carolina in a very positive way.”
The 2019 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl will be played at noon on Saturday, December 14, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Players chosen to compete in this year’s contest will be announced on Monday, October 21. Tickets can be purchased at www.TouchstoneEnergyBowl.com.
Editor’s note: South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are the primary sponsors of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, North vs. South All-Star game. The South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association organizes the event and is responsible for the selection of South Carolina’s Mr. Football award.