The Associated Press has named Jamale Carothers as the winner of Kentucky's 2016 Mr. Football award. Kentucky's Mr. Football is voted on by members of the Associated Press and represents the naming of the best high school football player in Kentucky. The presentation of this award began in 1986 and Carothers is the 8th running back to win Mr. Football and the first at that position since Deuce Finch (St. Xavier) in 2008.
“Jamale has established himself as one of the most successful players in the history of Bowling Green High School. The Associated Press could not have made a better selection of what Kentucky’s Mr. Football should represent. Jamale is a talented, humble player who’s work ethic and unselfishness helped make everyone on our team better. He is a special player but even a better teammate, student, and person. It has been my pleasure to be a part of his career.”, said Bowling Green head football coach Kevin Wallace.
Jamale Carothers joins Nacarius Fant (2013) as the only Mr. Football winners from Bowling Green High School. Carothers also becomes the first player in school history to capture three major Player of the Year titles in Kentucky: Gatorade Player of the Year, BluegrassPreps.com Player of the Year, and the Associated Press Mr. Football award.
Carothers led the Purples to a 15-0 record and the 2016 Class 5A State Championship. BGHS defeated Pulaski County, 70-22, in the title game. In the final contest, Carothers had 128 yards rushing, 111 yards receiving, and scored five touchdowns. On the 2016 season, Carothers racked up 1400 yards rushing, 884 yards receiving, and scored a school-record 232 points. Carothers finished as the Purples career leader in rushing yards and points scored.
On Wednesday, February 1, Carothers will sign a letter-of-intent to play college football at the U.S. Naval Academy.