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Michigan Anvil Award 2021!

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?? Voting for the 2021 Michigan Anvil Award - sponsored by Hungry Howies – is On!

The Anvil Award complements the Mr. Football contest but showcases the best Michigan High School “big men” - lineman and linebackers – in the state. To vote, please login/register with your social media account below, select the lineman or linebacker that you believe is having the best year in High School Football, and cast your vote!!

Voting is limited to once every 3 minutes, so please refresh your browser after the allotted timeframe to cast another vote! By voting in the Anvil Award contest, you agree to allow State Champs! Network and its affiliates to update you via email about news, sports events and special offers.
Unlike any other state-wide award, this is the only one -besides our Mr. Football contest - that allows the Michigan fans to weigh in! The winner of the online vote is automatically entered into the Final Four, and their chances of winning is increased by 20%.
The criteria that will be used to select the 2019 Mr. Football champion will be: 30% - Performance Throughout Season, 20% - Level of Competition, 20% - Online Vote, 15% - Big Game Performance, 10% - Team Success 5% - Highly Recruited Athlete.

Throughout the season, we will be updating player statistics and adding new candidates into the contest as their actual play and performance merits, with a goal of keeping the ten best lineman and linebackers on the board. In mid-November we will close online voting and select our final four candidates.

The final award selection and presentation will take place in December with all of our friends at Hungry Howies! Please check out the State Champs High School Sports Show every Sunday morning on www.StateChampsNetwork.com at for the latest updates on the contest! Or stream it on our You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/statechampstv.

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Joshua Burnham

Traverse City Central

Class: 2022 | Position: LB/QB

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 215 pounds

Commitment: Notre Dame

One of the most highly sought-after recruits in the northwest portion of the state in decades, Burnham was dominant on both sides of the ball for the Trojans, leading them to a 9-2 season and a trip to the semifinals. He won the quarterback competition in camp, and threw for 1,145 yards and 16 touchdowns, and ran for 833 yards and 13 scores. On defense, he racked up 76 tackles (53 solo, five for loss), and returned one fumble for a touchdown, earning first-team all-state honors in Division 2 from the MHSFCA and the Associated Press. Burnham is on the preseason list for the high school Butkus Award. STATS AFTER WEEK 3: Has completed 18 passes for 371 yards and seven TDs, and run for six TDs in a 2-1 start for the Trojans. Recorded 14.5 tackles and three tackles for loss on defense through two weeks.
Joshua Burnham
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Jordan Cannon

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Class: 2022 | Position: LB/RB

Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 210 pounds

Commitment: Undecided

Plays like his name indicates, like a cannon ball running downhill, through ballcarriers. Has been an impact player since his freshman year on campus at St. Mary’s, and ranks among the best produced by a program that’s had a ton of talented linebackers over the years. After a 112-tackle season as a sophomore, Cannon was limited to just five games in the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
Jordan Cannon
2,368

Jordan Kwiatkowski

Sterling Heights Stevenson

Class: 2022 | Position: LB/RB

Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 220 pounds

Commitment: Central Michigan

A tackling machine for the Titans, Kwiatkowski earned all-Macomb Area Conference and all-region honors as a junior, all-East honors from both of the Detroit newspapers, and all-state honors from the Detroit News. He racked up 63 tackles (11 for loss), forced one fumble and recovered another in last year’s regular season, contributing 619 yards and seven scores on 88 carries as a running back, along with 10 catches for 219 yards and two scores. STATS AFTER WEEK 3: Had 46 carries for 298 yards and four touchdowns rushing in a 1-1 start. Added five total tackles on defense in Week 1 and again in Week 3.
Jordan Kwiatkowski
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Amir Herring

West Bloomfield

Class: 2023 | Position: OL

Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 280 pounds

Commitment: Undecided

After starting as a freshman to help West Bloomfield solve its line vacancies in 2019, as a sophomore Herring helped pave the way for last year’s Mr. Football, Donovan Edwards. The Lakers’ run game was dominating, as West Bloomfield put up nearly 40 points per game en routes to the program’s first-ever state title. Herring has developed into a four-star prospect, and one of the top handful of interior offensive line prospects in the nation in the 2023 class.
Amir Herring
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Ashton Lepo

Grand Haven

Class: 2022 | Position: OT/DE

Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 275 pounds

Commitment: Michigan State

Despite not playing varsity as a sophomore, Lepo established his credentials quickly in his junior season, standing out amidst what was a lackluster season overall for the Buccaneers. Like last year’s Anvil watch list entrant from East Lansing, Evan Boyd, Lepo has the large, projectable frame programs like Michigan State love, and Lepo pairs that with the athleticism to dunk a basketball with a bit of a nasty edge on the football field.
Ashton Lepo
9

James Livingston

Dexter

Class: 2022 | Position: OT

Height: 6-foot-7 | Weight: 275 pounds

Commitment: Kansas

After winning just two of 54 games between 2012 and 2017, Dexter has become somewhat of a football Dreadnaught, so to speak, winning 19 games over the last three seasons and making the playoffs each time, averaging 49.8 and 43.1 points per game the last two seasons. A large part of the credit for the turnaround has to go to players like Livingston, who have transformed the program into a winner, and themselves into Division I prospects. Livingston’s fast-and-furious recruitment — all 15 of his offers came after his season ended in the district semifinals last November — shot him up recruiting boards into the top 25 of the 2022 class.
James Livingston
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Davonte Miles

River Rouge

Class: 2022 | Position: DT/OT

Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 265 pounds

Commitment: Undecided

Part of a three-man defensive line that averaged 290 pounds for the Panthers last year, Miles helped River Rouge stifle opponents defensively, allowing just 14 points per game en route to another appearance in the Division 3 title game. He earned first-team all-state honors in D3-4 from the Associated Press as a junior, and this year — after the one-time Michigan commit reopened his recruiting — will start on both the offensive and defensive lines, as well as play basketball in the winter.
Davonte Miles
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Alex VanSumeren

Essexville Garber

Class: 2022 | Position: DT/FB

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 300 pounds

Commitment: Michigan State

A 300-pound wrecking ball at both defensive tackle and fullback for the Dukes, VanSumeren is one of the top recruits in the nation, landing on both the Rivals 250 (No. 176) and ESPN 300 (No. 215), and ranking as thee No. 26 defensive lineman in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. He racked up 63 tackles (19 for loss) with eight sacks and three forced fumbles, scoring three touchdowns and three 2-point conversions, earning the Bay City Times’ Golden Helmet award for the second straight year, and first-team all-state honors in Division 5 from the MHSFCA and the Associated Press. STATS AFTER WEEK 3: Has compiled 20 tackles, one sack, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble on defense in a 3-0 start for Garber, along with a 1-yard TD run on offense in Week 3.
Alex VanSumeren
23

Deone Walker

Cass Tech

Class: 2022 | Position: DT/OL

Height: 6-foot-7 | Weight: 320 pounds

Commitment: Undecided

An absolutely mammoth man, Walker plays with an agility that belies that size. A big part of the defensive unit for the Technicians that limited opponents to just 11 points per game in 2020 (and 80 percent of that total came in two wins over rival Detroit King and the regional loss to Belleville). Ranked as a top 10 player in the state’s 2022 class, and among the top 50 defensive linemen in the nation, Walker is a four-star prospect, and holds 30 offers.
Deone Walker
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Nolan Ziegler

Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Class: 2022 | Position: SS/LB/WR

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 215 pounds

Commitment: Notre Dame

One of the spearheads of a GRCC defense that has allowed a combined 271 points (10.84 per game) over the last two seasons, going 24-1 to win a Division 4 title in 2019 and D5 in 2020. As a junior, Ziegler had 101 tackles (six for loss) and four pass deflections on defense, as well as four catches for 130 yards and three scores as a wideout, earning first-team all-state honors in Division 5 from the MHSFCA and the Associated Press. Ziegler is on the preseason list for the high school Butkus Award. STATS AFTER WEEK 2: Has 11 catches for 288 yards and five TDs in a 2-0 start. On defense, spearheads the Cougars defense with 20 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, and had a pick-six in the win over Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean.
Nolan Ziegler
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