Mr. Football Award (Indiana)

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The Indiana Mr. Football Award is an award given to the top high school American football player in the state of Indiana, presented annually by The Indianapolis Star.[1]


Rex Grossman was 1998's Mr. Football from Bloomington South.
Clayton Richard was 2002's Mr. Football from McCutcheon.
Gunner Kiel was 2011's Mr. Football from Columbus East.
Jaylon Smith was 2012's Mr. Football from Bishop Luers.

Professional teams listed are teams known.

Year Player High School College NFL Draft
1992 Alex Smith, RB[2] Franklin County Indiana
1993 Bo Barzilauskas, OL/DL Bloomington South Indiana
1994 Josh Martini, RB East Central United States Marine Corps
1995 Earl Haniford, QB Martinsville Indiana
1996 Israel Thompson, RB Martinsville Ball State
1997 DuJuan Daniels, RB Bishop Chatard Boston College
1998 Rex Grossman, QB Bloomington South Florida 2003 NFL Draft: 1st round, 22nd overall by the Chicago Bears
1999 Derrick Ellis, RB Indianapolis Arlington
2000 Otis Shannon, RB Indianapolis Cathedral Harper College
2001 James Banks, QB/DB[3] Ben Davis Tennessee
2002 Clayton Richard, QB McCutcheon Michigan
2003 Desmond Tardy, QB Warren Central Purdue
2004 Jason Werner, WR/S Roncalli Purdue
2005 Dexter Taylor, QB Warren Central Tulsa
Western Kentucky
2006 Darren Evans, RB Warren Central Virginia Tech
2007 Paul McIntosh, QB Evansville Reitz Army
Southern Illinois
2008 Morgan Newton, QB Carmel Kentucky
2009 Daniel Wodicka, QB[4] West Lafayette Johns Hopkins University
2010 Tre Roberson, QB[5] Lawrence Central Indiana
Illinois State
2011 Gunner Kiel, QB Columbus East Notre Dame
2012 Jaylon Smith, RB/LB[1] Bishop Luers Notre Dame 2016 NFL Draft: 2nd round, 34th overall by the Dallas Cowboys
2013 Terry McLaurin, WR[6] Cathedral Ohio State 2019 NFL Draft: 3rd round, 76th overall by the Washington Redskins
2014 Markell Jones, RB[7] Columbus East Purdue
2015 Brandon Peters, QB[8] Avon Michigan
2016 Hunter Johnson, QB[9] Brownsburg Clemson
2017 Reese Taylor, QB[10] Ben Davis Indiana
2018 Jack Kiser, QB[11] Pioneer Notre Dame
2019 Charlie Spegal, RB[12] New Palestine Indiana

Schools with multiple winners[edit]

School Number of Awards Years
Warren Central 3 2003, 2005, 2006
Ben Davis 2 2001, 2017
Columbus East 2 2011, 2014
Indianapolis Cathedral 2 2000, 2013
Bloomington South 2 1993, 1998
Martinsville 2 1995, 1996


  1. ^ a b Kyle Neddenriep (December 6, 2012). "2012 Indiana Mr. Football: Ft. Wayne Luers' Jaylon Smith". Gannett. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Dick Jerardi (November 2, 1994). "Hellacious Hoosier Indiana's Smith Running Up Dazzling Freshman Numbers". The Inquirer. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "Former Mr. Football charged with felony OWI". December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Daniel Wodicka wins Mr. Football". Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Kyle Neddenriep (December 14, 2010). "Meet Indiana Mr. Football: Lawrence Central's Tre Roberson". Gannett. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Cathedral's Terry McLaurin wins IndyStar Indiana Mr. Football". Indy Star. USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  7. ^ Jay Heater (December 12, 2014). "East's Markell Jones named Indiana Mr. Football". The Republic. Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Kyle Neddenriep (December 10, 2015). "Avon QB Brandon Peters named 2015 IndyStar Mr. Football". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  9. ^ Kyle Neddenriep (December 7, 2016). "2016 IndyStar Mr. Football: Hunter Johnson's decision to stay home for senior year pays off". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "On Mr. Football Reese Taylor: 'He's not an athlete playing quarterback — he's a great quarterback'". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Notre Dame commit Jack Kiser becomes first Class A player to win IndyStar Mr. Football". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "New Palestine RB Charlie Spegal wins 2019 IndyStar Mr. Football in a runaway". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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