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Michigan High School Football Anvil Award Contest 2019!

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?? Voting for the 2019 Michigan High School Football 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 using your social media account:

Or register directly to the State Champs! site here: Then select the lineman or linebacker that you believe is having the best year in Michigan 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, besides our Mr. Football contest, this is the only one 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/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 at 9am on Fox Sports Detroit for the latest updates on the contest! Or stream it on our You Tube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/statechampstv. And finally, while you are totally enjoying the Fall Sports Season - don't forget to grab a few friends and a few pies from Hungry Howies - Home of the Original Flavored Crust Pizza!!!

Ali Saad

Dearborn | Sr., DT - 6'4", 255 pounds. Commitment: Minnesota

A penetrating nightmare for opposing coaches to scheme around, Saad uses his speed, agility and quickness to get into the backfield and disrupt plays more than plugging up gaps with size. Chose Minnesota from his 27 offers, many of which came in a burst after his junior season.
Ali Saad
426 Votes

Josh Priebe

Edwardsburg | Sr., OL - 6'5", 280 pounds. Commitment: Northwestern

You don’t wind up running the ball 578 times on the season (4th-most in MHSAA history) for 5,232 yards (2nd-most in state history) unless you’ve got a pretty good offensive line. With the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Priebe anchoring the right tackle position on the 2018 Edwardsburg line, the Eddies’ running game was virtually unstoppable, leading to a whopping 705 points and a D4 title. Priebe engulfs defenders with his size and strength, caving in defensive lines, and opening gaping running lanes.
Josh Priebe
254 Votes

Grant Toutant

Warren De La Salle | Sr., OT/DL - 6'7", 320 pounds. Commitment: Ohio State

A mammoth presence on the right side of the Pilots’ line at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, Toutant has helped pave the way for back-to-back Division 2 titles for De La Salle. A background in gymnastics (as well as basketball) give Toutant an agility that belies his big frame, and he’ll need that this season, when his versatility will be tested by playing both ways.
Grant Toutant
122 Votes

Giovanni El-Hadi

Sterling Heights Stevenson | Jr., OL - 6'6", 285 pounds. Commitment: Michigan

El-Hadi started as a freshman in the Macomb Area Conference’s Red Division, and held his own, then blossomed into a star as a sophomore, earning a boatload of recruiting attention, and picking Michigan. Now a junior, El-Hadi has that pairing that college line coaches drool over: Big, athletic frame, coupled with a nasty disposition, and an aggressive streak.
Giovanni El-Hadi
17 Votes

Billie Roberts

Muskegon | Sr., DL/OL - 6'5", 265 pounds

With the Big Reds losing four of five offensive linemen to graduation, Roberts is moving from tight end to left tackle, where he can use his 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame to the best advantage for the team. He’ll still be a defensive end, where he can use his wingspan and athleticism (which helps him on the hardwood, as well) to get after the passer — and that’s where most of his offers have him playing — but transforming himself into a pass-protector could end up being a boon to his long-term options.
Billie Roberts
9 Votes

Braiden McGregor

Port Huron Northern | Sr., DE/TE - 6'6", 250 pounds. Commitment: Michigan

A multi-sport athlete at Northern, McGregor is equally as versatile on the football field, using his wingspan to either engulf the passer, or snare passes at tight end. He’s big enough to stack up the run on the strong side, and fluid and athletic enough to rush the passer on the weak side. Chose Michigan among his 33 scholarship offers.
Braiden McGregor
6 Votes

Cornell Wheeler

West Bloomfield | Sr., LB - 6'1", 222 pounds. Commitment: Michigan

Wheeler replaces former All-American teammate Lance Dixon (Penn State) as the Lakers’ linebacking representative in the top 10 in the state, but plays a contrasting style. Wheeler is a throwback, a true thumper at middle linebacker, a 6-foot-1, 222-pound intimidating presence in the middle of the defense.
Cornell Wheeler
3 Votes

Deondre Buford

Detroit ML King | Sr., OL - 6'4", 280 pounds. Commitment: Kentucky

Buford recently joined the new recruiting pipeline to Kentucky, which includes the state’s No. 1 player, Justin Rogers, as well as the No. 34 player, Earnest Sanders. The senior has all the traits recruiters and scouts love from a pass-protecting offensive tackle: Long arms, athleticism, good knee bend, ability to slide and mirror. As a junior, Buford helped protect STATE CHAMPS! Mr. Football winner Dequan Finn, and helped lead King to a Division 3 state title.
Deondre Buford
1 Vote

Rocco Spindler

Clarkston | Jr., OL/DL - 6'5", 285 pounds

Entering his third year as a two-way starter for Clarkston — the Wolves are 23-5 in his first two seasons, winning a D1 title by a point, and losing one by a point — Spindler is the son of former Detroit Lion defensive tackle Marc Spindler. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior played left tackle for the Wolves, book-ended with the Wolves’ other top line prospect, Garrett Dellinger, on both sides of the ball, before both had their seasons end with labrum injuries.
Rocco Spindler
0 Votes

Justin Rogers

Oak Park | Sr. OL/DL - 6'3", 311 pounds. Commitment: Kentucky

The consensus No. 1 player in the state for the recruiting services, Rogers is ranked No. 14 in the nation by Rivals, and No. 43 by 247Sports. Rogers plays on the edge of the lines on both sides of the ball — offensive tackle and defensive end — using his big frame to blow holes open or closed, but is projected inside at guard or defensive tackle at the next level. Rogers is a mauler, but he’s not solely that, his agility and speed allowing him to play linebacker at times for Oak Park last season.
Justin Rogers
0 Votes