Eight members of The Sun's 1990 All-Metro football first team and one member of the second team help make up the roster of Maryland senior all-stars, set to play in the Big 33 Classic on July 27 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.
Randallstown running back Larry Washington, The Sun's Offensive Player of the Year, and Gilman linebacker Jamal Cox, the Defensive Player of the Year, head the list of All-Metro selections among the players announced yesterday at a luncheon.
"Since the ninth grade, I've heard about the Big 33," said Washington, who will attend Maryland. "I hoped I'd get a chance to play because it's the best players. It feels great to be one of the best 33 players in the state of Maryland."
Cox, who is headed to Georgia Tech, said: "This feels great. It's something I've wanted to do since I was a freshman."
Other All-Metro first-team members selected to the squad are: Wilde Lake's Raphael Wall (running back) and Ricky Rowe (defensive back), Forest Park's Joshua Austin (defensive tackle), Poly's Lenard Marcus (defensive back), C. M. Wright's Daryl Smith (offensive tackle) and Aberdeen's Byron Turner (defensive tackle).
Gilman's Keith Kormanik (split end), a second-team All-Metro pick, also was chosen to the team.
The head coach is Wilde Lake's Doug DuVall, who led his team to a 13-0 record and the state Class 2A title last fall.
DuVall was an assistant in the inaugural Big 33 game in 1985.
Things have changed a lot since then. More than half the players chosen for the inaugural game turned down invitations, but in recent years the Big 33 game has become popular with Maryland players. This year, DuVall says, Maryland has one of its biggest and most talented teams, as it tries to improve upon a 1-5 record against Pennsylvania.
"We have some beef," said DuVall. "For the first time, we have some really big kids. We've never before gone into the game with 12 big solid linemen. We've had good linemen, but they were 20 to 25 pounds too light. Pennsylvania just wore us out. With big guys, we can control the tempo."
Maryland's 12 linemen average 6 feet 3, 267 pounds and include 6-5, 295-pound Emile Palmer of Fairmont Heights.
"I think that we have a lot of good big-time players that are going to Division I schools," Cox said. "I think it's been a new attitude in recent years. We can go out there and take a little pride and win the game, no matter what."