LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Belfry offensive lineman Cole Bentley has been named one of the top ten candidates for Mr. Football by the Courier-Journal.
Bentley has zero statistics from any of his previous three years as a member of the Belfry Pirates football team, or does he? Over the last three years Belfry has accumulated 16, 256 yards of total offense; 14,319 yards rushing and 1, 937 yards passing. None of that is possible without the work the men up front. Bentley has been a crucial part of the Pirates offensive line for the past three years and all of that work has paid off.
Bentley was one of the most sought after recruits during this off season by colleges around the nation. He ultimately landed on Louisville as his final decision and will be joining the Cardinals in the 2017 season.
Bentley has earned the respect and reputation he has gathered by helping the Pirates to three Class-AAA state championship titles.
The Mr. Football award is only given to players in their senior season. Bentley joins nine other players from around the state who make up the top ten candidates for the award. Traditionally, linemen are not the top choices for the award. Since the awards creation in 1986 no offensive lineman has ever been named Mr. Football. This year could be different as Bentley is joined by one other lineman, Jedrick Wills from Lafayette, who is also an offensive lineman.
The Courier-Journal top ten Mr. Football prospects:
Cole Bentley/ Offensive Lineman/ Belfry
Jamale Carothers/ Running Back/Bowling Green
Keyron Catlett/ Wide Receiver/Christian County
C. J. Hayes/ Wide Receiver/ South Warren
Jake Johnson/ Wide Receiver/ Pulaski County
Tanner Morgan/ Quarterback/ Ryle
Jake Paulson/ Tight End- Defensive End/ Christian Academy
Desmond Rider/ Quarterback/ St. Xavier
Jedrick Wills/ Offensive Lineman/ Lafayette
Walker Wood/ Quarterback/ Lafayette
(William plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] on on twitter @sidplaster.)