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Pinson Valley’s GaQuincy McKinstry named 2020 Mr. Football

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Montgomery, AL – Pinson Valley defensive back / wide receiver GaQuincy “Kool Aid” McKinstry has been named Alabama’s Mr. Football for the 2020 season by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.  

The versatile athlete brought home the award after helping lead the Pinson Valley Indians to their third AHSAA 6A state title in the past four years.  McKinstry, who is already enrolled at the University of Alabama, was the state’s top prep prospect in 2021.  As a senior he was named the Most Valuable Player of both the AHSAA Super 7 Class 6A title game and the Alabama / Mississippi All-Star Classic.  

Pinson Valley’s Ga’Quincy McKinstry goes high for a catch against Spanish Fort during the 2020 6A state title game at Bryant-Denny Stadium | Dennis Victory

He closed out the 2020 season with a pair of interceptions, both returned for scores, and 12 pass breakups.  On offense he hauled in 45 receptions for 706 yards and 11 touchdowns.  

McKinstry is the second Pinson Valley player to win the Mr. Football award.  Current Auburn quarterback Bo Nix took home the honor in 2018.  Pinson Valley joins the Etowah Blue Devils, Pike County Bulldogs and Vigor Wolves as the state’s only programs to have more than one Mr. Football winners.   

He is the second consecutive University of Alabama commit to win the award following former Lanett quarterback Kristian Story who won the award in 2019.

The 6’1, 180 lb two sport athlete held offers from 27 FBS programs before committing to Alabama. He plans to compete in both football and basketball for the Crimson Tide.