Players To Watch


September 02, 2004


Joe Akers

Hereford, lineman

Bound for the University of Connecticut, the 6-foot-2, 310-pound, two-time All-Metro pick rates as the state's No. 1 offensive lineman recruit, according to

Adam Berry

Bel Air, wide receiver

He earned All-Metro honors with 35 receptions for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns. Berry clocked 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a May combine at the University of Maryland.

Andrew Berry

Bel Air, quarterback

The second-team All-Metro pick ran a 4.49-second 40-yard-dash at Penn State"s combine, threw for 1,449 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 496 yards and five more touchdowns.

Chris Desautels

Broadneck, kicker

He booted an Anne Arundel County-record 11 field goals, with a long of 42 yards, and was 40-for-46 on extra-point attempts.

Dane Frank

John Carroll, running back

The second-team All-Metro pick rushed for 1,625 yards and 18 touchdowns for last year's MIAA C Conference co-champs.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

McDonogh, wide receiver

Rated No. 13 nationally by and No. 1 in the state as a receiver, the Maryland-bound player ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the University of Virginia's Nike Camp. He caught 40 passes for more than 800 yards and 12 scores.

Tim Jennings

Pallotti, wide receiver

In two seasons, the 6-4, 190-pound second-team All- Metro pick has 95 receptions for 1,852 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Gary Townes

Chesapeake-AA, quarterback

The Cougars' first winning season since 1985 was due prmarily to Townes, a 5-9, 210-pound All-Metro choice who rushed for 1,314 yards and 15 touchdowns, and passed for 1,131 yards and nine scores.

Shane Walterhoefer

Boys' Latin, running back

The 5-9, 190-pounder rushed for 1,381 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead the Lakers to a share of the MIAA C Conference crown.

Glenn Williams

Arch. Curley, running back

The Duke-bound All-Metro choice rushed for 1,304 yards and 17 touchdowns, and returned three kickoffs for scores. On defense, he made four interceptions and recovered a fumble


Melvin Alaeze

Randallstown, lineman

The 6-2, 277-pound All-Metro choice recorded 14 sacks. rates Alaeze, who ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at Penn State's combine, as Maryland's No. 2 overall player. Alaeze is the nation's top-rated defensive end and the country's 18th-best overall player, according to the recruiting service.

Tom Farmer

Eastern Tech, defensive back

The 6-4, 190-pound All-Metro performer had 11 interceptions to help lead the Mavericks to last year"s Class 2A state semifinal.

Devron Galloway

Aberdeen, defensive back

The second-team All-Metro selection notched his seventh interception of the season and the game-winning touchdown catch in the Eagles' Class 2A state title victory.

Nathan Irby

Dunbar, defensive back

The All-Metro pick returned three of his nine interceptions for touchdowns, rushed for 1,800 yards and 15 scores, caught three passes for touchdowns and returned a punt for another.

Jamarri McCullough

Randallstown, defensive back

Considered the state"s top secondary specialist and rated No. 19 nationally among defensive backs, the second-team All-City/County pick had six interceptions.

Jeremy Navarre

Joppatowne, lineman

The 6-3, 245-pound Maryland-bound All-Metro choice had 11 sacks for the defending 1A state champs. He rates No. 21 nationally among defensive ends, according to

Deon Peters

Severn, defensive back

An excellent cover man and gifted athlete, the second-team All-Metro pick also rushed for 1,631 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Billy Rueter

Hereford, lineman

The 6-2, 220-pound All-Metro choice had 24 sacks, recovered two fumbles and returned his only interception for a touchdown.

Dane Robinson

Calvert Hall, lineman

The 6-3, 245-pound second- team All-Metro player had 12 sacks and recovered four fumbles as a junior.

Brady Smith

Loyola, defensive back

The 6-2, 240-pound, All-Metro Defensive Player of The Year had four sacks, three interceptions, recovered a fumble and also excelled at quarterback.

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