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Standout Cardinal lineman in running for state’s top honor December 2

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Charles Mosley lines up Charles Mosley stands

The football career of Charles Mosley has loomed large over the field and history books of Brighton.
The 6-foot, 6-inch, well over 300 pound lineman has dominated the middle of the Cardinal defensive line helping to shut down opposing offenses. In the process, Brighton has reached the postseason all three varsity seasons for Mosley including winning the 2013 District 13-3A championship.
With all the team success and impressive play of Mosley, several major colleges have offered the Brighton standout. And the Cardinal senior has racked up many awards and honors. The latest in that line of accomplishments is being Brighton High School’s first player to be nominated for a Mr. Football Award.
“I just feel blessed,” Mosley said. “That was one of the things I always wanted to be — Mr. Football. Dec. 2, I’m going to see if I won it or not.
“I’m just thankful,” he added. “I just want to go out here and be a team player. All the success I’m receiving, I’m just happy my teammates get to see everything and be a part of this with me. It’s all just a blessing.”
Mosley and members of the Brighton Football program including Head Coach Will Wolfe will attend the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards banquet Dec. 2 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro. Mosley is nominated along with Dylan Jackson (Maryville) and Jack Jones (Oakland) for the Division Class 3A Lineman award.
The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented to the top 10 backs and linemen in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The top kicker in the state will also be honored.
A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2013 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.
This is the 28th year that the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s top prep football players. Plaques will be presented to 22 other finalists.
Mosley said being nominated is already an honor. Back in August Mosley had thoughts of traveling to the middle of the state in December to pick up another kind of trophy.
But the dream of winning the Class 6A State championship came to an end in the first round of the playoffs in a thrilling defeat to Memphis Central. Although the Cardinals’ season has an early end, Mosley said Brighton Football is not a proven product since the graduation of the Class of 2012.
“Everybody always doubts Brighton especially after Ricky (Foster) and those guys left,” he said. “I feel like Coach Wolfe did a great job with us keeping us motivated. We worked hard for everything and I just wanted to be a team player and help my team win. That’s what it’s all about, the team winning.”
Mosley played along side the likes of Foster, Rujon Glass, Chris Coleman and Zach Rogowski as sophomore. Then his junior season he helped the likes of Antonio Dickerson, Brady Stewart and Artez Harris keep the winning traditions going at Brighton. This past season Mosley was one of the leaders of the Cardinals.
“We had a lot of young guys,” he noted. “They weren’t used to being under the Friday night lights. They were on the sideline with us but weren’t used to being on the field having to be playmakers. I had to step up and lead them because I’ve had the opportunity since I was a sophomore.
“So I had to step up and help lead them,” Mosley added. “I had to calm them down on the field and tell them, ‘Do your best and do what you know what to do. It will come natural.’”
Since he was in the fifth grade, Mosley has been using his natural gifts to be a force on the field. Now the college-football recruiting world awaits his decision of where he will play. But as Mosley prays on his choice, he said he will enjoy all the honors and designation like being Brighton’s first Mr. Football nominee.
“It just adds on to the list,” he concluded, “every SEC offer I’ve received, playing in All-American games. I just got Defensive Player of the Week from the Touchdown Club in Memphis. Now I’m nominated for Mr. Football, I’m just happy. I’m making my Mama proud.”
Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live video-stream of the awards will be provided for free by the NFHS Network. Those interested can watch the awards by going to www.TSSAANetwork.com.

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