players to watch

August 30, 2006

Offense

Kwame Bowen-Wright

Joppatowne, lineman

Coach Bill Waibel calls the 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior his "best overall player." Bowen-Wright's blocking skills and maturity lead the run-oriented Mariners.

Jeff Braun

Winters Mill, lineman

The 6-5, 315-pound junior earned All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors on offense and defense. West Virginia is among the schools that have shown interest.

Darrell Bryant

Randallstown, receiver

Bryant, 6-4 and 210, had 31 receptions for 404 yards and six touchdowns last season. A senior who is getting looks from James Madison, Temple and Maryland, Bryant clocked a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and had 14 1/2 sacks as a defensive end.

Dan Hostetler

River Hill, quarterback

The 6-2, 195-pound senior passed for nearly 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 450 yards and 11 more scores last season. The nephew of former NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler, he also punts and will play defensive back.

Scott Noble

Franklin, running back

A returning All-Baltimore County performer, Noble rushed for 1,854 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. The 6-foot, 200-pound player also returned an interception for a score. James Madison and Delaware have expressed interest in the senior.

Greg Nowak

River Hill, tight end

The returning second-team All-Metro pick has added 25 pounds, rising to 6-4, 235. Nowak, a senior, had 34 receptions for 550 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and may also play defensive end or linebacker this season.

Keith Richardson

Long Reach, quarterback

In two seasons as a receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist, the 5-9, 175-pound senior rushed for 1,650 yards, averaged 29 yards per catch on 30 receptions and intercepted six passes. The second-team All-Metro pick moves to quarterback this season.

Jarred Ricks

Mount St. Joseph, running back

The 6-foot, 190-pound player averaged 100 yards rushing and a touchdown in five games last season despite an injury. Ricks has drawn interest from Virginia, Temple and Delaware, among others.

Keiro Small

Cardinal Gibbons, running back

The 5-8, 215-pound senior rushed for 1,027 yards and 15 touchdowns, returned two kickoffs for scores and, as a linebacker, registered five sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown last season. Small may be the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference's best running back.

Russell Winborn

Parkville, running back

The senior earned second-team All-Baltimore County honors last season, rushing for 1,249 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 5-10, 190-pound player averaged 10.4 yards per carry.

Defense

Jake Bohn

Mount St. Joseph, linebacker

The Gaels' top returning tackler uses his speed and vision to drop back into the safety position, where he returned an interception for a touchdown last season. As a running back, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound player rushed for six scores and caught a pass for one more.

Zach Brown

Wilde Lake, linebacker

The highly recruited, 6-2, 220-pound player had eight sacks and rushed for 818 yards and nine touchdowns last season. A senior, Brown also is a standout in wrestling and track and field.

Teddy Dargan

Milford Mill, defensive end

Dargan, a 6-3, 280-pound junior, had eight sacks and 16 tackles for lost yardage last season to lead the Millers to the Class 2A state semifinals and earn All-Baltimore County honors. Dargan is considering accepting a scholarship offer from Maryland.

Ben Eaton

Gilman, linebacker

Eaton, 5-11 and 225 pounds, earned first-team All-Metro honors last season after making four sacks, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Duke and North Carolina have offered full scholarships to Eaton, who, as a fullback, rushed for 424 yards and cleared the way for a 2,000-yard rusher.

Eric Foote

Southern, linebacker

Foote is looking to rebound from an injury-hampered junior season in which he had four sacks and rushed for five touchdowns. The 6-1, 250-pounder has drawn interest from James Madison, Towson, Maryland, Temple and Wake Forest.

Chris Hunt

Severna Park, defensive back

Hunt broke up 22 passes, intercepted three others and made 35 tackles, 12 for lost yardage, last season. The 6-foot, 170-pound player also made 27 receptions for 560 yards and eight touchdowns.

Kendall Jamison

Dunbar, defensive back

The 6-2, 180-pound senior, whose 4.47-second 40-yard dash was the state's fastest at the University of Maryland's combine in April, made five interceptions, returned one of four fumble recoveries for a touchdown and was the Poets' No. 2 receiver last season.

Sam Poggi

Gilman, linebacker

The son of head coach Biff Poggi has a scholarship offer from Duke, among other programs. The 6-1, 212-pound senior ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash.

Dominick Roseborough

City, linebacker

A leader on both sides of the ball, the 5-11, 220-pound senior was the Knights' second-leading tackler last season, had five sacks, returned one of three fumble recoveries for a touchdown and returned one of two interceptions for a score. Roseborough rushed for 403 yards and six touchdowns.

Joshua Rushing

City, defensive back

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