Graham Mattonen, Severn: One of only seven first-team repeaters, Mattonen (5-10, 235) was back at offensive guard for his senior year but was also outstanding on the defensive line. In leading the Admirals to a share of the MIAA B Conference title, Mattonen, who bench-presses more than 300 pounds and squats more than 400, was the lead blocker in an offense that ran for more than 2,400 yards. Mattonen was equally important to Severn, lining up in the middle of the defensive interior. For the second year in a row, he had four sacks, and also made 38 solo tackles, six for losses.
Brashaad Mayweather, Old Mill: This transfer from Texas replaced two-time All-County running back Kelvin Collins. Mayweather (5-10, 180) burst onto the county scene by running for 242 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 41-12 romp at Arundel. The junior went on to run for 1,289 yards on 192 attempts and 18 touchdowns in leading the Patriots (8-3) back to the playoffs. He also scored on a 90-yard kickoff return against North County.
Antwan Smith, Meade: A multitalented senior leader and four-year player, Smith (6-2, 180) played quarterback, defensive back, kick returner, punter and place-kicker for the 4A state semifinalist Mustangs (10-2). Guiding the offense, he passed for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns and was intercepted just four times before being picked off twice in a 10-6 loss to Bowie in the state semifinals. Smith completed 57 of 116 passes (.491) and was a threat to run. He scored the Mustangs' only touchdown in the Bowie loss on a 13-yard burst up the middle. From his defensive back position, Smith caused five fumbles and was a vicious hitter, with many of his 98 tackles heard loudly along the sideline. Smith averaged 35 yards a punt and was a reliable place-kicker on a team that favored the two-point conversion.
Eric Venerable, Annapolis: After missing the first two games of the season to academic ineligibility, Venerable returned to lead the Panthers (8-3) to a fifth straight playoff appearance, one short of the county and school record. Venerable, who was the Offensive Player of the Year last season, ran for 1,373 yards and 20 touchdowns, scored 21 total touchdowns and 128 points in 2001. Venerable (6-1, 190) finished his two-year career with a county all-time third-best 3,719 rushing yards, passing Meade's Tanardo Sharps (3,627); third place in total points (326); and second in career touchdowns (53), behind Severn's Dennard Melton, who had 65.
B.J. Wells, Glen Burnie: A senior wide receiver, Wells (5-11, 160) ran superb routes and improvised well when quarterback Keith Williams was being chased. Wells caught 36 passes for 661 yards and scored five touchdowns. During the past two seasons, Wells caught 64 passes for 1,019 yards and six touchdowns. "B.J. caught almost everything he touched," coach Brad Wilson said.
Tommy Williams, Severna Park: A strong and athletic senior tight end and defensive end, Williams (6-3, 230) was the best player on the school's worst team (1-9) in 42 years of football. Williams, who also plays attack in lacrosse, was a big target with great hands, catching 19 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, and was a consistent blocker. At defensive end, Williams made 70 tackles and seven sacks.
Sung Yang, Annapolis: After sitting behind two-time All-County center Kion Mackell as a junior last year, Yang was ready to take over at the ignition of the Panthers' vaunted wing T. Displaying All-County tools of his own early on at center, Yang (5-11, 200) moved to guard the second week to help the team and still earned All-County honors while doubling at tackle and nose guard on defense. Yang led traps and was quick on pulling plays as the Panthers averaged more than 300 yards rushing.