The five finalists for the inaugural Mr. Richland County High School Football Player of Year award were announced Monday.
The finalists are Spring Valley’s Channing Tindall, Ben Lippen’s Kyle Wright, Dutch Fork’s Alex Smith, Columbia’s Nate Miller and Dreher’s Eric Ferguson.
One nominee from each high school public and private in Richland County was nominated by their head coach. The five finalists were selected by a panel of judges from local media outlets.
The winner will be announced Dec. 7 at a banquet at the Richland County Recreation Commission’s Adult Activity Center. The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship for their dedication on and off the field.
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Tindall, one of the state’s top football prospects, led Spring Valley with 170 tackles and nine sacks. He also was selected to the US Army All-American game and finalists for South Carolina’s Mr. Football.
Wright, a former Temple commit who is being recruited by several Power 5 schools, rushed for 1,854 yards and 22 TDs.
Smith, a linebacker, has 101 tackles and 11 sacks for the Silver Foxes, who play for the Class 5A Lower State championship Friday. Miller racked up almost 1,000 yards total offense as receiver and running back with 10 TDs for the Capitals.
Ferguson, an offensive lineman, graded out at 88 percent this season before tearing his ACL in week five.