Players to watch

Varsity -- Fall Preview

Football

August 29, 2007

Offense

Tavon Austin

Dunbar, running back

The Sun's All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year last season as a sophomore, he ran for 1,701 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound, elusive Austin is the only junior named to the MdVarsity.com Dream Team first-team offense.

Michael Campanaro

River Hill, running back

A second-team All-Metro defensive back as a sophomore last season, Campanaro, 5-10 and 175 pounds, rushed for 1,100 yards, caught 25 passes for 700 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.

FOR THE RECORD - Hereford High School senior running back Lonnie Liggins has not made a college commitment, as was reported in Wednesday's high school sports preview section. THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR

Lane Clelland

McDonogh, lineman

Considered to be Maryland's top lineman by Rivals.com, the 6-foot, 275-pound senior was an All-Baltimore County selection last year and is headed to Notre Dame.

Bobby Cooper

South River, quarterback

Possessing a good arm and size (6-4, 195 pounds), the senior was named to the MdVarsity.com Dream Team after throwing for more than 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns the past two seasons on a run-oriented team. He has been contacted by several Division I schools, including Maryland.

Nick Elko

Arundel, quarterback

The returning All-Anne Arundel County senior masterfully directs the Wildcats' no-huddle offense. Elko, 6-3 and 205 pounds, completed 186 of 315 passes for 1,814 yards and 18 touchdowns, with seven interceptions last season. He also ran for 292 yards and five touchdowns.

J.J. Hicks

Broadneck, wide receiver

One of the area's top athletes, the 6-1, 185-pound senior was named All-Anne Arundel County in football and basketball last year. Hicks caught 31 passes for 416 yards and five touchdowns and was named to the Baltimore Touchdown Club's Super 22 as a defensive back after making 30 tackles and intercepting three passes.

Leon Kinnard

Loyola, quarterback

Last season as a sophomore, he threw for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named All-Baltimore County and second-team All-Metro. Kinnard, 5-9 and 175 pounds, will also play defensive back this season after being named Most Valuable Player this summer at the Bullseye Elite 100 camp.

Lonnie Liggins

Hereford, running back

After running for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns in six games as a junior, Liggins emerged this summer with his 4.45 speed to take MVP honors at the Penn State Nike Camp. Liggins, 5-8 and 170 pounds, has committed to Virginia.

Joe Petrides

Archbishop Curley, lineman

An outstanding two-way senior lineman, the 6-4, 225-pound Petrides was a key blocker at tight end as the Friars ran for 3,200 yards. On defense, Petrides, the son of City coach George Petrides, made 61 tackles and three sacks.

Nicholaus Speller

Edmondson, lineman

Big and strong with good lateral movement at 6-5 and 300 pounds, the senior is dominant on both sides of the football for the Red Storm and always seems to be around the ball.

DEFENSE

Cody Blue

Wilde Lake, lineman

Blue is an almost immovable force on the defensive line at 6 feet 5 and 275 pounds. The senior runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds, has power, is quick off the ball and penetrates. He has committed to Maryland.

Jeff Braun

Winters Mill, lineman

A powerful 6-5 and 305 pounds, Braun is ranked No. 10 at the tackle position by Rivals.com, and is a Super 22 defensive lineman and a MdVarsity.com Dream Team first-team offensive lineman. The senior has committed to West Virginia.

Chris Burnett

Gilman, lineman

A second-team All-Metro defensive lineman last season as a junior, Burnett, 6-4 and 250 pounds, had 78 tackles - 19 behind the line of scrimmage - and 12 sacks.

James Carmon

City, lineman

At 6-7 and 330 pounds, the senior two-way lineman was an intimidating player last season. Carmon, an All-Metro and Super 22 defensive lineman, had 14 sacks, 10 pass breakups and five fumble recoveries. Maryland, Penn State and Virginia have shown interest.

Teddy Dargan

Milford Mill, lineman

Dargan, 6-3 and 290 pounds, made 87 tackles last season as a junior and was named second-team All-Metro. He also was named to MdVarsity.com's Dream Team first-team defense. Dargan has committed to Maryland.

Joey Ehrmann

Gilman, linebacker

Coming off a junior season in which he led the Greyhounds in sacks (15), had 77 tackles and was second in tackles for loss (21), the 6-feet-3, 200-pound linebacker is getting looks from colleges such as Boston College, Duke, Iowa, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Bubba Harris

Loyola, linebacker

Harris, 6-1 and 215 pounds with 4.7 speed, led the Dons in tackles (126) and tackles for loss (16). The senior also had five sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Jerome Junior

Archbishop Curley, linebacker

He led the Friars last season in tackles (97), sacks (nine) and blocked punts (four), and had three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a safety. The 6-1, 205-pound senior with 4.6 speed has committed to Connecticut.

Zach Martin

River Hill, linebacker

Howard County's Defensive Player of the Year and an All-Metro pick last season as a junior, Martin made 154 tackles, 18 for losses, and had four sacks. Martin, 5-8 and 175 pounds, also ran for 1,605 yards and 24 touchdowns.

C.J. Townes

Joppatowne, defensive back

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