Players To Watch

September 03, 2002

OFFENSE

Chris Bassler

Francis Scott Key, tight end

This All-Carroll County player had 23 receptions for 275 yards while clearing the way for an All-Metro running back last fall. The senior, who is expected to commit to West Virginia, will catch the ball more.

Antowan Bell

Overlea, wide receiver

At 6 feet 4, the senior is a big target for quarterback Craig McIntosh, having caught 35 passes for 675 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.

Nick Bowen

Chesapeake-AA, running back

As a junior last year, the speedy running back led Anne Arundel County with 1,482 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. In one game, his 289 yards and five scores were a school record.

Kevin Ganascioli

Glenelg, running back

In one game, the senior scored six touchdowns: three on the ground, one receiving, one off an interception and the last on a kickoff return. He rushed for 1,036 yards overall.

Keon Lattimore

Mount St. Joseph, running back

Ray Lewis' kid brother is a big-time college prospect. The All-Metro senior is being recruited as a receiver and running back. He used his 4.5-second speed to rush for nine touchdowns.

Damond Malloy

Pikesville, quarterback

Being recruited as a running back, the second-team All-Metro senior ranks first among the state's returning scorers with 28 touchdowns, third among rushers with 1,688 rushing yards, and threw for 476 yard and six touchdowns.

Brashaad Mayweather

Old Mill, running back

The senior led the Patriots to the playoffs by covering 1,289 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns.

Justin Pruitt

Long Reach, offensive tackle

Pruitt, 6-6, 325-pounds, is among several starters returning to an offense that has retained its backfield. The senior is being heavily recruited by several colleges.

Nick Tanis

Mount St. Joseph, quarterback

His 2,342 passing yards led the state and his 36 touchdowns were a state record. The senior, who completed 58 percent of his throws, is rated among the best quarterbacks on the East Coast.

Ambrose Wooden

Gilman, quarterback

The two-time All-Metro player is a threat to run or pass out of the Greyhounds' complicated option offense. The senior threw for 1,149 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 660 yards and six touchdowns.

DEFENSE

Victor Abiamiri

Gilman, defensive end

The All-Metro senior's 4.5-second speed in the 40, 14 sacks last year and excellent grades have helped to draw scholarship offers from major Division I schools.

Matt Eckerl

Calvert Hall, defensive back

The second-team All-Metro pick ranked first in team tackles, had three interceptions and a penchant for making critical tackles as a junior. He covered the best receivers from opposing teams.

D'Angelo Goffigan

Joppatowne, defensive back

The second-team All-Metro player intercepted six passes and rushed for 1,375 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.

Adam Goloboski

Hereford, linebacker

The All-Metro player was the No. 1 tackler and had five sacks for a defense that allowed an average of 5.7 points. The senior also ran for 642 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Demario Harris

Annapolis, defensive back

A premiere open-field tackler and an excellent cover man, Harris returned one of three interceptions for a touchdown. The senior earned All-Metro honors for the 3A state qualifier.

Mark Hicks

Edmondson, linebacker

The second-team All-City/County junior averaged three tackles for lost yardage and had 14 sacks as a sophomore.

Travis Holmes

McDonogh, linebacker

Holmes is a fourth-year starter, tough enough to play inside despite his size. He had four interceptions last year, is a state champion wrestler and a lacrosse standout.

Hassan Muhammad II

Meade, defensive back

The All-Metro senior picked off seven passes, returning one for a score. The transfer from Cardinal Gibbons rushed for 1,399 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Preston Pehrson

Broadneck, linebacker

The senior is a relentless pursuer who recovered five fumbles and earned All-Anne Arundel County honors for the second straight year. He was a second-team All-Metro choice.

Chris Robinson

Joppatowne, defensive tackle

The senior enters his fourth year as a starter after having earned second-team All-Metro honors.

Other notable players

Joe Akers, Hereford; Tommy Breaux, Randallstown; Tamal Brown, Forest Park; Robert Capers, City; Devon Douglass, Calvert Hall; James Dyson, Carver; Cameron Goldberg, McDonogh; Homer Griffin, Milford Mill; Herman Hayes, Dunbar; Dennis Jackson, Woodlawn; Antwan Johnson, Patterson; C.J. King, Oakland Mills; Billy Largent, North County; Pat Mahoney, Boys' Latin; Austin Merrills, Wilde Lake; Ryan Shupert, Hereford; Shel Simon, St. Paul's; Darius Smith, Mervo; Fred Steinmark, Broadneck; Brandon Stewart, John Carroll; Brandan Teague, St. Mary's; Antony Triplin, Gilman; Nate Wdowiak, Hereford; Donald Williams, Eastern Tech; Justin Wright, Curley

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