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September 04, 2001

OFFENSE

Pascal Abiamiri

Receiver, Mount St. Joseph

The 6-2, 185-pound second-team All-Metro had 28 receptions for 604 yards and six touchdowns. Abiamiri has committed to Maryland.

Joe Benson

Quarterback, McDonogh

The 6-5, 210-pound All-Metro Offensive Player of Year completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,790 yards and 18 scores, rushed for 350 yards and four more touchdowns.

Nathaniel Clayton

Guard, City

The 6-4, 330-pound Clayton already has accepted a scholarship to play at Maryland. An effective trap or pull blocker, he also is the team's punter and kicker.

E.J. Hamilton

Running back, McDonogh

A 5-8, 225-pound wrecking ball of a runner, Hamilton bludgeoned opponents for 1,300 yards and 15 scores to earn All-Metro honors.

Hassan Muhammad

Running back, Gibbons

The 5-9, 160-pound second-team All-Metro scored 28 touchdowns on a school-record 1,737 rushing yards, and had 3,197 all-purpose yards. Muhammad clocked a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the Super 200 combine in June.

J.J. Outlaw

Receiver, Mount St. Joseph

The 5-9, 176-pounder is clutch for the Gaels, whom he led with a team-high 41 receptions for 729 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Malcolm Ruff

Running back, Gilman

The 6-2, 225-pound All-Metro rushed for 1,200 yards and a team-high 16 scores.

Eric Venerable

Running back, Annapolis

A 6-1, 195-pound All-Metro pick set county records for rushing yards (2,346), rushing touchdowns (30), total scores (32) and points (198).

Chris Wilson

Running back, Catonsville

The 6-2, 250-pounder is being considered as much for his defensive skills as his running ability. Wilson rushed for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Ambrose Wooden

Quarterback, Gilman

The 6-1, 190-pound second-team All-Metro selection used his 4.2-second speed to rush for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns, and passed for 827 yards and five more scores.

DEFENSE

Victor Abiamiri

Defensive end, Gilman

Only 15, the 6-5, 235-pound second-team All-City/County selection already is a hotly recruited Division I prospect. He had six sacks last season.

Kerry Blake

Tackle, Old Mill

The 6-3, 255-pound two-time All-County lineman anchored the Patriots to two straight 4A playoff berths.

Ed Darney

Defensive end, Hereford

The 6-6, 230-pound second-team All-Metro had 11 sacks for the four-time county 1A-2A titlists, anchoring a defense that allowed only 6.1 points.

Jesse Hayes

Tackle, Woodlawn

The agile 6-4, 344-pounder earned second-team All-Metro honors last season, and has 20 sacks the past two seasons.

Jack Herzog

Tackle, Curley

An agile 6-4, 240-pound second-team All-Met who sometimes lined up in the backfield, Herzog had seven sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered three more.

Rob LaHayne

Linebacker, Glenelg

The 6-3, 260-pound second-team All-Metro pick can pull or drive block with equal skill. LaHayne runs a 4.8 40-yard dash.

Jeris Smith

Defensive end, Liberty

The 6-2, 212-pound senior earned All-County honors with 11 sacks and three blocked punts.

Napoleon Sykes

Defensive back, Gilman

The 5-10, 180-pound All-Metro has accepted a scholarship to Wake Forest. Sykes had four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. In one game, he caught three TD passes and returned a punt for another score.

Randy Vince

Defensive end, Randallstown

The mobile 6-2, 225-pound second-team All-Metro pick had a team-high 13 sacks as part of a unit that registered six shutouts in 11 games.

Stan White

Linebacker, Gilman

The 6-3, 230-pound All-Metro pick led Gilman in tackles (82), interceptions (five) and was third in tackles for lost yardage (nine). As a tight end, White also was Gilman's top receiver with 28 receptions for 437 yards.

Other notable players

Jason Barnes, Oakland Mills; Kevin Keller, Fallston; Derrick Breedlove, Dundalk; Pat Burns, Wilde Lake; Sheldon Campbell, Forest Park; Ron Darden, Glen Burnie; Adam Goloboski, St. Paul's; Dana Dorsey, Randallstown; Mike Dowling, Gilman; Dayron Arnold, Milford Mill; Marcus Frisby, Loyola; Walter Hill, St. Paul's; Mark McKenzie, Woodlawn; Antwan Johnson, Patterson; Keon Lattimore, Mount St. Joseph; Broderick Maybank, Eastern Tech; Blake McCoy, Calvert Hall; Matt Lewis, Broadneck; Casey Spath , Chesapeake-AA; Brad Stonesifer, Francis Scott Key; Matt Swanke, Lansdowne; Phil Tillman, Joppatowne; Anthony Triplin, Gilman; John Ugwu, Loch Raven; Keith Williams, Glen Burnie.

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