Football: Offensive players to watch

  • Catonsville senior running back DeAndre' Lane is one of the area's offensive players to watch this fall.
Catonsville senior running back DeAndre' Lane is one… (Brian Krista / Baltimore…)
August 30, 2012|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

Marcus Alston

Mount St. Joseph, tight end, senior

A second-team All-Metro pick last season, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Alston caught 41 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns. He had 11 receptions for 102 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Gaels' upset win over McDonogh.

Austin Bonsall

Aberdeen, athlete, senior

On a team with a standout running back and wide receiver, Bonsall, 5-9 and 175 pounds, played a lot of roles last season. With a quick first step and elusive moves, he started at tailback and slot receiver and also returned kicks.

Lavon Chaney

South River, running back, senior

Chaney, 5-8, 180 pounds and committed to Monmouth, won't leave the field much, also catching passes, returning kicks and playing defensive back for the Seahawks. He had about 2,500 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns last fall.

Shane Cockerille

Gilman, quarterback, senior

With the versatile 6-2, 205-pound Maryland commitment, the Greyhounds will still live by the run but might look to pass a little more this season. Last fall, Cockerill ran 132 times for 1,053 yards and completed 63 of 115 passes for 1,112 yards.

Connor Cox

South River, quarterback, senior

Cox, 6-1 and 185 pounds, led Maryland in passing last season with 2,856 yards. He was 195-for-341 with 32 touchdowns, the most in Anne Arundel County. His arm -- and 58 percent completion rate -- will be the key to the Seahawks' county title run.

Marquis Ellis

Franklin, wide receiver, senior

A speedster with great hands, the 6- 3, 190-pound Ellis is looking for a breakout season after catching 19 passes for 259 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. He will be the Indians' go-to receiver and is also a standout safety.

Adam Greene

Broadneck, kicker, senior

The All-Metro first-team selection set an Anne Arundel County record with a 55-yard field goal last season and converted a 60-yard attempt in practice this year. He was 6-for-9 on field-goal tries and 29-for-29 on extra points.

Evan Griffin

River Hill, running back, senior

With 1,000-yard rusher Aaron Wells having graduated, the Hawks look to Griffin to carry on their hallmark running game. The 5-10, 160-pound speedster, who doubles as a defensive back, ran for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall.

DeAndre' Lane

Catonsville, running back, senior

The 5-8, 170-pound Lane's slippery moves and 4.4-second 40-yard-dash speed led the Comets to the state semifinals last fall for the first time in school history. Headed for Maryland, the All-Metro second-team pick ran for more than 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Moise Larose

Wilde Lake, lineman, senior

A transfer from Meade, the 6-foot-6, 287-pound All-Metro second-team offensive tackle should make an immediate impact in Howard County with his all-around skills, including his impressive pass blocking. Larose has committed to Rutgers.

Other notables:

Marc Badger, Fallston

Payton Beachum, Western Tech

Nicholas Bonaparte, Dunbar

David Brookhart, Glenelg

Luke Casey, Atholton

Jake Clise, Loyola

William Crest, Dunbar

Luke Depasquale, Patterson Mill

Alex Dowling, Maryland Christian

Reggie Ellis, Franklin

Andrew Fisher, Hereford

Dale Harris, St. Paul's

Sherrod Hawkes, Patterson

Dariz Hill, Dunbar

Hakeem Holland, Edmondson

Ronche Kaskins, Annapolis

Donnie Knox, Century

Eric Latham, Perry Hall

Kyle Levere, Calvert Hall

Francis Massally, Eastern Tech

Dylan McDermott, South Carroll

J.P. McManus, Calvert Hall

David Owens, City

De'Quan Pettway, Overlea

Zach Plotkin, Atholton

Alex Schultz, Boys' Latin

Juwan Singletary, Bel Air

Derrick Souder, Meade

Kenny Thomas, Archbishop Curley

Dillon Tighe, Arundel

Jabari Weems, McDonogh

Eric White, Poly

Dominic Williams, Long Reach

Tyler Young, Arundel

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