by Fanstand Staff/KJCE Staff,posted Jul 25 2012 9:57AM
With Scrimmage Week just a month away, and our Two-a-Days coverage around the corner - Fanstand releases its Preseason All-Austin Area Team. The following players are not the undisputed best at their position....but due to their specific situations and and skill set - we think these players will have the biggest season, stats-wise. Remember: Dozens of players that went unnamed in our preseason projections, will make their mark in 2012. Let's kick things off with 4A. Check out our 5A Austin-area preview, here.
Quarterback: Te'Rel Simmons ('14), Elgin
2nd Team: Jake Hubenak ('13), Georgetown
3rd Team: Kyle Johnson ('13), Dripping Springs/Justin Pelt ('13), Rouse
Newcomer of the Year: Chase Adams ('14), Hutto/Forrest Threadgill ('13), Vandegrift
Biggest Omissions: Caleb Woodward ('13), Leander/Ethan Fry ('13), Cedar Park
OVERVIEW: Elgin's Simmons could be the single most team-important player since Bastrop's Josiah Monroe. Georgetown's Hubenak proved he's fully recovered from last year's season ending injury during Skill League play. Dripping Springs' Johnson will enter his 3rd season as Tigers' signal caller. Hutto's Adams is obviously being protected by his un-mention in Dave Cambell's. Cedar Park's Fry shines the brightest in the biggest moments, while Leander's Woodward is a future DI star at Texas Tech. Vandy has a signal caller whom they've been grooming for two years - Threadgill is also the team's hardest worker. Rouse's project Pelt will be in full effect during his first complete year as starter.
Running Back: Dae Payton ('13), Connally/Logan Kinder ('13), Rouse
2nd Team: Chris Clark ('14), Travis
3rd Team: Tyrone Owens ('14), Manor/Demarcus Bryant ('13), LBJ
Newcomer of the Year: CJ Battle ('15), Dripping Springs/Justin Miller ('15), Crockett/Sabian Cannon ('15), McCallum
Biggest Omissions: Dylan Bauer ('13), Leander/Stedman Mayberry ('14), Vista Ridge
OVERVIEW: We forsee a full healthy season for Connally's Payton - predicting a monster year. Travis' Clark could get enough touches to challenge for Austin-area 4A rushing yards leader. Manor's Owens proved he's Varsity-ready during a stellar sophomore campaign in '11. Dripping Springs' Battle is the truth - the only thing that could curb his production, is the depth at Tigers running back. Leander's Bauer is a returning all-district star, while Mayberry could be this year's top junior RB in 25-4A. Rouse's Kinder could surplant Ed Butts as the all-time greatest Raider player in 2012. Crockett sophomore Miller may be the quickest player in all of Austin-area 4A.
Wide Receiver: Wesley Lewis ('13), Rouse/Randon Knotts ('13), LBJ
2nd Team: Willie Mays, Jr. ('14), McCallum
3rd Team: Ryan Bedford ('13), Georgetown/Andre Fresch ('14), LBJ
Newcomer of the Year: CJ Udoye ('14), Cedar Park
Biggest Omissions: AJ Lopez (13), Hutto/Randy Knightner ('14), Georgetown
OVERVIEW: Rouse's Lewis has the size and skill to play on Sundays one day. McCallum's Mays has the swagger and ability to do the same. Georgetown's Bedford was one of the most dominant WRs in the State this Summer. Cedar Park's Udoye is a star in the making - a true matchup problem for 99% of Austin-area DBs. Hutto's Lopez returns as the Hippo's #1 threat, while Georgetown's Knightner could outproduce this entire lot (if given enough looks). LBJ's Fresch and Knotts could team to make one of 26-4A's best aerial assaults (S/O Sebastian Canizarez).
Offensive Line: Jackson Hoskins ('13), Dripping Springs
2nd Team: Riley Mayfield, Cedar Park ('13), Cedar Park
3rd: Jacob Hildebrand ('13), Georgetown
Newcomer of the Year: Michael Moreno ('14), Travis
Biggest Omissions: Jay Tijerina ('13), Hutto/Austin Hisler ('13), Cedar Park
OVERVIEW: Dripping Springs' Hoskins is a preseason All-State selection. Cedar Park will once again bolster one of the State's best lines with Mayfield and Hisler (and others). Georgetown's Hildebrand will be invaluable as Hubenak's protection, while Travis' Moreno could be the key to his Rebels competing for a district title. Hutto's Tijerina has the pedigree and mental approach to anchor his Hippos.
Kicker: Fotis Kallivokis ('13), LBJ
2nd Team: Daniel Portillio ('13), Connally
3rd Team: Jared Haynes ('13), Hutto
Newcomer of the Year: Matthew Wylie ('14), Dripping Springs
Biggest Omissions: Asiel Jaimes ('13), Travis
OVERVIEW: There's no shortage of special teams talent in 4A, as any of our first-third team selections could be the best.
Defensive Line: Mason Hargreaves ('13), Vandegrift
2nd Team: Micah Thomas ('14), Vista Ridge/Tanner Thrift ('13), Hutto
3rd Team: Mike Epley ('14), Leander/Rolando Ruiz ('14), Hutto
Newcomer of the Year: Ben Harral ('14), Cedar Park
Biggest Omissions: Ryan Rickerson ('14), Georgetown/Marcus Mayes ('13), Crockett/Anfernee Caro ('14), Reagan
OVERVIEW: All five of our defensive line selections will play on Saturdays one day. Cedar Park's Harral is in position to become a star in his first year. Hutto's Ruiz and Thrift anchor the most fearsome front four (shouts to Leander) in the Austin-area. Crockett's Mayes is the most under-rated of this group - while Georgetown's Rickerson could lead his Eagles in sacks this season (with JW Barnes rushing the opposite edge).
Linebacker: Michael Egwaugu ('13), Connally/Hayden Newsom ('13), Leander
2nd Team: Paul Whitmill ('13), Bastrop/James Hallonquist ('13), Vandegrift/Jace LaCaille ('14), Georgetown
3rd Team: Brandon Boone ('13), Georgetown/Marcellus Henderson ('13), Crockett
Newcomer of the Year: Tim LaPaglia ('13), Rouse, Peter Maniekis ('14), Cedar Park
Biggest Omissions: Donnie Briscoe ('13), Manor/Jason Nicholson ('13), Dripping Springs/Juan Garza ('14), Travis
OVERVIEW: Linebacker may contain the most riches among Austin-area teams. Rouse's LaPaglia isn't really new, but this should be his first full year of production on Varsity. He's a beast. Crockett's Henderson is the heart of his Cougars, much like Garza for Travis. Dripping Springs' Nicholson returns as the team leader in tackles, similar to Vandy's Hallonquist. Cedar Park's Maniekis drives the ball carrier backwards on a consistent basis.
Defensive Back: Daryl Brooks ('13), Leander/Antwaun Davis ('13), Bastrop
2nd Team: Grayson Cotham ('13), Cedar Park
3rd Team: Quinton Baker ('13), Manor, Eddrick McDonald ('13), Connally/Jalen Washington ('13), Manor
Newcomer of the Year: Daquan Patton ('14), Vista
Biggest Omissions: Brent Ellerbee ('13), Georgetown/Taylor Sugar ('13), Leander/Jeffrey Williams ('13), LBJ
OVERVIEW: Bastrops' Davis is a UT-verbal commit. Leander's Brooks will announce a division I school this year. Cedar Park's Cotham is highly revered by peers and press alike. Manor's Baker will anchor an improved Mustangs pass defense, while Connally's McDonald will do the same. Vista Ridge coaches are exctited about the future of Patton...and the future is now. Manor's Washington isn't the biggest in size, but perhaps heart. His speed and quickness are unrivaled in 17-4A. Our omissions are three senior leaders, and integral parts to their team's success.
Jalen Washington is getting overlooked again... Check your stats... Davis is fast and test well but has no stats but a UT signee so I understand that. You guys missed that one on leaving Jalen off... He may be the best corver corner in the Austin area...He will also start at the slot so you may be putting him on the all athlete section.. Good job on your covering Centex HS Football...
Hutto's Secondary will be young but Hale should have them ready to play.
and you forgot to mention Darryl Harrison as another Key returning Reciever for Hutto.
Hutto's Harrison gets his props on our 'Slighted and Sleepers' list, here: http://bit.ly/LSEGHI
Washington was def an oversight. We ranked him a preseason defensive MVP candidate @ end of last season - thus adjusted.
Marble Falls WR
Missing a big time athlete from MF. Garrett Gray is a 6-4 junior, with 4.5 speed. Probably missed him because he stuck to basketball after his freshman varsity campaign. He's a big, athletic WR, and if you guys haven't heard of him, you need to check him out.
PS: He recently cracked the Rivals basketball 100
Per-season. All-Austin team
Another Marble Falls athlete rb Kieth Jerome. 6ft 190lbs. 4.5 speed. Could have big year in Coach Dodge's offense
Marble Falls WR
Garrett Gray ran a 4.43 and I have heard his vertical is 38". Should be fun to watch his progress this year. I'm betting he cracks Rivals 100 in dual sports.