Player of the Year: Tavon Austin, Dunbar
Perhaps the area's most exciting player, Austin is The Sun's Offensive Player of theYear a second straight season.
The junior running back with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash already has more careertouchdowns (92) than any player in Maryland history.
In leading the No. 2 Poets (14-0) to their second straight 1A state championship,Austin showed dazzling moves while being pursued. Austin, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds,ran for school records of 2,553 yards and 32 touchdowns on 198 attempts.
He scored seven other touchdowns for a total of 39. He also scored 12 two-pointconversions, giving him an area-high 258 points, and threw a touchdown pass.
Austin,who also plays defensive back, caught 17 passes for 335 yards and threetouchdowns, and scored touchdowns on a punt return, kickoff return, fumble recoveryand interception, the latter coming on a school-record 101-yard return. He had fourinterceptions, as well as 50 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Austin,who rushed for a career-high 344 yards against Edmondson this season, has5,287 career rushing yards,making him only the seventh player in state history to run for5,000 yards or more. He's fifth on the list and can break the record of 5,920 by BenTate, who played at Stephen Decatur and Snow Hill from 2003 to 2005.
Cody Blue, Wilde Lake
Blue was a standout on bothsides of the football for the No. 12Wildecats (10-3), who advanced tothe Class 3A state semifinals.Committed to the University ofMaryland, the 6-foot-5,280-pound senior two-way tacklenearly was immovable.He cloggedup running lanes on the defensivefront and laid out foes to clear theway for his running backs.
Blue, who runs the 40-yarddash in 4.9 seconds and was athree-year starter, opened lanesand cleared out linemen andlinebackers with his brute strength.He can pull, trap and drive block,and played a major role in theWildecats having two 1,000-yardrushers in Ashton Hayes and JerrelEpps.
Jeff Braun, Winters Mill
A three-year, two-way startingcenter-defensive lineman for theFalcons, the 6-5, 315-pound seniorwas a monster in pads. Braun,whohas committed orally to play at West Virginia, has been an All- Carroll County and All-MonocacyValley Athletic League selection forthe past three years.
According to coach KenJohnson, Braun can play on eitherside of the ball at the next level.With his size, 5.5-time in the40-yard dash and strength (he seta record for most bench reps at the2007 Nike Baltimore combine),Braun is very imposing at center.
On defense, Braun, rankedNo. 44 at his position byRivals.com, made 57 tackles.
Michael Campanaro, River Hill
A second-team pick a year ago,Campanaro emerged as one of themetro area's most feared runnersthis season as a junior. Campanaro,5-10 and 175 pounds, is fast (4.4 inthe 40), strong and elusive.
Campanaro led the top-rankedHawks (14-0) to a statechampionship game for a secondstraight season, and they beatNo. 6 Eastern Tech in the final.A threat to score fromanywhere on the field,Campanaroran for 1,884 yards with four200-yard games to pace a spreadoffense that totaled more than4,300 rushing yards.
He already has receivedscholarship offers from Maryland,Akron and Northwestern.
James Carmon, City
Carmon, a repeat first-teamselection, had another stellarseason for the Knights (8-3),according to coach GeorgePetrides.
Undecided on a college,Carmon, 6-7 and 330 pounds, ismulling over several offers. Thesenior is projected to be a prospecton both sides. This season, theintimidating interior linemanimproved his technique on power-blockingand pass-blocking.
On defense, Carmon, amenacing pass rusher, had53 tackles, nine sacks and threefumble recoveries.He playedespecially well at the end of theseason.
Lane Clelland, McDonogh
Clelland, a 6-5, 275-poundsenior, is ranked by Rivals.comasMaryland's premier lineman andNo. 2 prospect overall behind Ohio State-bound Lamaar Thomasof Friendly in Prince George'sCounty.
A three-year starter for theNo.8 Eagles (6-4), Clelland has afootball scholarship to NotreDame.He has wonderfultechnique with great first-stepacceleration and runs the 40-yarddash in 4.9 seconds.Clelland, whohad 20 scholarship offers beforesettling on Notre Dame,wasprojected by Rivals.comas "an eliteprospect with pro potential."
Clelland, one of the area's mostphysical players, is fundamentallysound run- and pass-blocking.
Nick Elko, Arundel
Anne Arundel County'sOffensive Player of the Year, Elkobroke several county and staterecords with his prolific passing inthe Wildcats' no-huddle spreadoffense, and also was the team'sleading rusher.
Elko, a 6-2, 190-pound senior,completed 260 of 430 passes for3,091 yards and a state publicschool-record 43 touchdownpasses, while being interceptednine times.
Elko was 34-for-52 for 299yards and three touchdowns in theNo. 4 Wildcats' 36-30 loss toQuince Orchard in the Class 4Astate final.He finished with a state-record3,993 yards of total offense.
Brandon Johnson-Farrell, Arundel
Johnson-Farrell had a record-settingseason and three-yearcareer as Elko's favorite target inthe Wildcats' no-huddle spreadoffense. The speedy 5-10,185-pound senior playmaker withgreat hands and acrobatic movesset state single-season records forreceptions (103), yards (1,394) andtouchdown catches (23).
In addition, Johnson-Farrellowns state career records forreceptions (174) and touchdownreceptions (40).
This season, Johnson-Farrellscored 27 touchdowns, includingtwo on kickoffs and two on puntreturns.
Lonnie Liggins, Hereford
The speedy Liggins led a Bullsoffense that produced more than600 points out of its wing T.A 5-9,185-pound senior, Liggins ran for1,321 yards and 23 touchdowns.He scored 26 times overall.
His three non-rushingtouchdowns came via two kickoffs,one for a team-record 99 yards,and an interception. Liggins, whoplays in the secondary when he isnot running the football, finishedwith three interceptions.
Liggins, who bench-presses ateam-high 315 pounds, runs the40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds andhas a vertical leap of 35 inches, hasdrawn interest from severalDivision I schools.He appears tobe leaning toward Army, accordingto coach Steve Turnbaugh.
Doug Shaw, Loyola
Shaw, a 6-foot, 230-poundjunior two-way tackle for theMaryland Interscholastic AthleticAssociation A Conference co-champions,was considered by thecoaching staff to be the topoffensive lineman for the No. 3Dons (9-1).
Strong and quick with superblateral movement, Shaw is apower-blocker who can pull out ifnecessary and has good techniqueas a pass-blocker to keep foes offjunior quarterback Leon Kinnard.Shaw's work on the interior lineallowed the Dons to get 31.7 pointsa game in one of the mostcompetitive schedules in the state.
On defense, Shaw made 12 ofhis 40 tackles behind the line ofscrimmage.
Dave Stinebaugh, Perry Hall
The multi-talented junior andtwo-year starter led the No. 10
Gators to a 10-2 playoff season asa tight end, running back,linebacker, corner and safety.Hisversatile play earned him apromotion to first-team All-Metro.
Stinebaugh,who is a solid 6-5and 205 pounds, caught55 passes for 1,035 yards and 13of his 16 total touchdowns.He ranthe ball three times for 42 yardsand a score and was 2-for-4passing for 63 yards and a TD.
His touchdown pass came on ahitch route behind the line ofscrimmage, as he took Dan Deitz'slateral and threw downfield to MattWood to complete a 51-yardtouchdown with 1:08 left fora25-20 win over Franklin.
Adam Yates, Hereford
Yates consistently boomed hiskickoffs into the end zone, denyingreturns by his opponents. The 5-11senior converted 78 of 79 extra-pointkicks, which was one shy ofthe state record.
Possessing a potent offense, theBulls only attempted 10 field goals,and Yates converted six, four insidethe 30- to 39-yard range.Hislongest field goal was 39 yards.
Name, School, Year, Position
Leon Kinnard Loyola Junior QB
Terence Garvin Loyola Junior RB
Kelechi Odocha Atholton Senior RB
Malek Redd River Hill Junior RB
Lee Reynolds Poly Senior RB
Gerrard Sheppard McDonogh Senior WR
Ryan Bounds River Hill Senior OL
Tyler Goldberg McDonogh Senior OL
John MacDonald Arundel Senior OL
Joe Petrides Curley Senior OL
Stanley Savoy Edmondson Senior OL
Chappy Cole Broadneck Senior K
Honorable mention: Ryan Barber, Broadneck; AndrewBishop, Southern; Antonio Brown, Dunbar;Derryck Davis, Eastern Tech; Jay Drenner, MountSt. Joseph; Beau Haworth, Archbishop Spalding;Ashton Hayes, Wilde Lake; Corey Jubb, NorthHarford; Nick Krempasanka, Hereford: StefanMitchell, North Carroll; Dontra Peters, St.Mary's; Mike Santiago, Oakland Mills.
Note: Teams selected by Pat O'Malley after consultationwith The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun