KATV Sports Director Steve Sullivan and Landers President Steve Landers have presented the following players with the prestigious Landers Award:
2000: De'Arrius Howard of West Memphis
2001: Reed McKinney of Warren
2002: Landon Leach of Russellville
2003: Peyton Hillis of Conway
2004: Darren McFadden of Oak Grove
2005: Damien Williams of Springdale
2006: A.J. Whitmore of Nashville
2007: Tyler Wilson of Greenwood
2008: Spencer Keith of Pulaski Academy
2009: Michael Dyer of Little Rock Christian
2010: Brandon Allen of Fayetteville
2011: Fredi Knighten of Pulaski Academy
2012: Drew Morgan of Greenwood
2013: Zach Launius of Cabot
2014: Ty Storey of Charleston
2015: LaDarius Skelton of Pine Bluff
2016: Taylor Powell of Fayetteville
2017: Connor Noland of Greenwood
The Landers Award recognizes superior athletic achievement on the Arkansas high school football field and embodies the spirit of courage and dedication all student athletes must master to become the best-of-the-best.
Each week, for 13 weeks during the high school football season, a Landers Player of the Week will be chosen by the KATV Sports staff. That will be announced during the Thursday sportscast.
Family members, coaches and players will be invited to enjoy dinner and watch the live broadcast of the live Landers Award Show on a date to be chosen. At that time, The Landers Award winner will be announced and awarded a signature Jostens ring and a $3,000 scholarship towards their school.