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Mon. December 17, 2012 | Joey Knight | Email

Wharton senior CB Vernon Hargreaves III and retiring Robinson coach Mike DePue fell a few votes shy in the voting for the state's Mr. Football and coach of the year honors, respectively.

Hargreaves, recently chosen the state's Class 8A player of the year in a statewide ballot sponsored by Florida Dairy Farmers, placed fourth (64 points) among eight finalists in a final round of voting for the Mr. Football award. Yulee senior RB Derrick Henry, an Alabama commitment who set state single-season marks for rushing yardage (4,261) and touchdowns (55), won the honor (221 points).

Voting was done by a panel of Florida prep coaches and media representatives.

DePue, who led the Knights to a 12-2 record and 5A state semifinals berth in his final season, finished in a tie for third (78 points). Miami Washington coach Tim "Ice" Harris, who led the Tornadoes (14-1) to the 4A state title, won the award (169 points).

Mr. Football finalists
(Listed with points received in voting)
1. RB Derrick Henry, Yulee (221)
2. RB Kelvin Taylor, Belle Glade Glades Day (139)
3. QB Cord Sandberg, Bradenton Manatee (104)
4. CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Wharton (64)
5. QB Mike White, Fort Lauderdale University (57)
6. QB Tucker Israel, Orlando Lake Nona (55)
7. OT Laremy Tunsil, Lake City Columbia (41)
8. RB Cedric Stokes, Trenton (31)

Coach of the Year finalists
(Listed with points received in voting)
1. Tim Harris, Miami Washington (169)
2. James Thomson, Gainesville (149)
3. Mike DePue, Robinson (78)
3-tie. Roger Harriott, Fort Lauderdale University (78)
5. Andrew Thomas, Trenton (70)
6. Joe Kinnan, Bradenton Manatee (63)
7. Mike Sonneborn, Miami Dade Christian (57)
8. Rodney Wells, Orlando Dr. Phillips (38)

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