Varsity Football

Varsity Fall All-metro

First Team Defense

December 10, 2009

Thomas Erdman

River Hill, lineman, senior

* Great speed and quickness for a 6-2, 230-pound defensive end; could make the tackle or force the takeaway

* Had 86 tackles - 49 solo and 24 for a loss; tied team record with 10 sacks; forced five fumbles and recovered four

* Key to a defense that allowed just 681 yards rushing and held opponents to an average of 6.5 points

* Had eight tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in comeback win over Atholton that decided the Howard County championship

* Considering James Madison and Shepherd among other colleges; selected for the Crab Bowl but likely will not play because of injuries sustained in an automobile accident

Anthony Ferguson

Gilman, lineman, senior

* Great strength and balance at tackle made him able to handle multiple players converging on the middle from different angles

* At 6-2, 280 pounds, kept opponents from running inside on the MIAA A Conference champs

* Had 68 tackles, 21 for losses; had five sacks and caused five fumbles

* Consistent player who had his best games against top A Conference foes Loyola and McDonogh

* Committed to Iowa

Kyle Jaski

Kenwood, punter, senior

* Became a punter after suffering a shoulder injury as a sophomore that ended his career as a tight end

* Punted 43 times for 40.3-yard average, 16 for 50 yards or more; also the Bluebirds' kicker with 11 of 13 extra points and one field goal

* Placed two 65-yard punts inside the 10-yard line; placed eight punts of 50 or more yards inside the 15

* In upset win over Milford Mill, landed three punts inside the 10-yard line and averaged 46 yards on six kicks

* Being recruited by Division I programs, including West Virginia

Kevin Johnson

River Hill, cornerback, senior

* Great speed and agility make the 6-1, 165-pounder excellent at pass coverage

* Had 26 tackles, three interceptions; only allowed four passes this season; did not allow a touchdown pass in two years

* Also played halfback, rushing for 1,220 yards on 137 carries; caught 12 passes for 251 yards; scored 18 touchdowns

* Hardly ever left the field; returned kickoffs and punts for the state Class 3A semifinalists

* A member of two state championship teams who has committed to Wake Forest

Isaac Jorgensen

McDonogh, linebacker, senior

* Rangy 6-2, 220-pounder, played with consistency and intensity; key to stopping the inside run

* Had 103 tackles - nine for losses; had six pass breakups

* Workhorse for the MIAA A Conference runners-up, often playing every down on both sides of the ball at inside linebacker and offensive guard

* Eagles coach Dom Damico: "He likes contact, likes being in the pile making hits. You love to coach him because he goes so hard."

* Mainly drawing attention from Patriot League and Division II programs

Jake McGinnis

Joppatowne, linebacker, senior

* Has all the physical tools at 6-1, 225; runs well, has great instincts for the football and is rarely fooled

* Made 13 tackles in the state Class 1A final loss to Catoctin

* Had 162 tackles this fall, 413 for his career; six sacks and four fumble recoveries this season; also played nose guard in some defensive fronts

* Mariners coach Bill Waibel: "The best linebacker we've ever had in 24 years"

* Getting college looks from Division I and Division II schools

Dan McManus

Eastern Tech, lineman, junior

* Aggressiveness, quickness, good off-ball speed make the 5-11, 240-pound tackle tough to contend with

* Good at finding the ball and chasing it down, strong pass rusher

* 92 tackles, 11 sacks for the state Class 2A champions

* Mavericks coach Marc Mesaros: "He's a throwback to the 1950s. He's just a tough kid."

* Some Ivies interested in his game and his 3.8 GPA

Chris Nash

Hereford, lineman, senior

* Intensely aggressive nose guard that most opposing offensive schemes were built around trying to stop

* Had 78 tackles - 14 for a loss - as well as 15 sacks and four forced fumbles

* Made 11 tackles in the state Class 3A semifinal loss to eventual champ Linganore

* Bulls coach Steve Turnbaugh: "His motor never turns off. He's relentless. Every play is 100 percent, non-stop."

* Drawing some college looks after breakout season

Reynard Parks

Dunbar, linebacker, senior

* Consistent, strong and speedy at 6-0, 210 pounds; had great sideline-to-sideline coverage

* Led the state Class 1A semifinalists with 148 tackles, 14 against top rival Poly's triple-option offense; also played fullback

* Transfer from Calvert Hall voted a captain by his teammates

* Poets coach Lawrence Smith: "He is Ray Lewis. He doesn't always make the big hit, but if he gets his hands on you, you're going down."

* Considering offers from UNLV, Central Michigan and Towson

Jim Poggi

Gilman, linebacker, senior

* Known for his great closing speed and as a student of the game; tough on foes trying to run up the middle

* Had 127 tackles - 17 for a loss - eight sacks and three interceptions in 10 games; called all the defenses and audibles on the field

* Son of Greyhounds coach Biff Poggi, missed a game and a half during which the defense gave up 28 percent of the points it allowed for the season

* Coach Poggi: "He is everything to our defense."

* Committed to Iowa

Tyler Weedon

Catonsville, linebacker, junior

* Only repeat All-Metro first-team defender

* Had 135 tackles in nine games; started every game on defense since his freshman year

* Slippery defender at 5-10, 230 pounds; quick and aggressive with good instincts, rarely caught out of position

* Played fullback, running for 231 yards and two TDs; also kicks off

* Getting attention from LSU, Georgia, Pitt, Iowa and Rutgers, among others

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