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FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AT A GLANCE 1994 ALL-METRO FOOTBALL TEAMS

* Shamai Butler, Dunbar, senior, lineman -- Butler (6 feet, 217 pounds) has amassed 138 tackles (81 solo) in 11 games and a team-high 19 1/2 sacks, including two sacks in the Poets' 8-6 victory over Cambridge in last week's 2A semifinal. Butler is undecided on a college, but coach Stanley Mitchell likes his chances in Division I-AA.

* Keion Carpenter, Woodlawn, senior, defensive back -- A preseason honor- able-mention All-American in SuperPrep, Carpenter (5-10, 180) used his 4.4-second 40-yard -- speed to make seven interceptions. He passed for 16 touchdowns as quarterback and rushed for 617 yards. He's considering Boston College, Wisconsin and Maryland.

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* Carl Carter, Dunbar, senior, lineman -- Carter (6-4, 245), who has 155 tack- les (101 solo) and 16 1/2 sacks for the Poets as well as four fumble recoveries, is quick off the snap for his size. An honor student at Dunbar, Carter looks like a good Division I prospect, according to coach Mitchell, but is undecided about his college choices.

* Jake Daft, Oakland Mills, senior, linebacker -- Daft (6-1, 190) made 29 solo tackles and had 47 assists, two sacks and an interception. He bench-presses 300 pounds, runs the 40-yard -- in 4.65 seconds, and offensively, rushed for 1,412 yards and 18 touchdowns to help the Scorpions to their first Howard County title since 1987. * Jermond Davenport, Severna Park, linebacker -- Davenport led the Falcons in first hits with 115 and had four interceptions. He also averaged 7.7 yards rushing (39 carries for 301 yards) and scored six touchdowns as an offensive player for an 8-3 team that tied for the Anne Arundel County title and lost to Largo in the first round of the state playoffs.

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* Darnell Dezurn, Poly, senior, lineman -- With 64 tackles (42 solo) and 14 1/2 sacks, Dezurn (5-7, 205) was the top tackler on a squad that yielded an average of six points and had five regular-season shutouts. Delaware, Delaware State, Frostburg, Morgan and Western Maryland are among Dezurn's college interests.

* Duane Fisher, C. Milton Wright, junior, defensive back -- Fisher led the area in pass interceptions with 11, including one each in playoff games against Franklin (a 10-3 win) and Wheaton (a 27-6 loss). He returned one interception for a touchdown on a team that had 20 interceptions. As a quarterback, Fisher (6-2, 183) passed for 474 yards and four touchdowns.

* Terrence Hinton, Dunbar, senior, linebacker -- At 5-8, 200 pounds, Hinton leads the Poets defense in total tackles (175) and solo tackles (111) and also has 13 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Hinton, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard --, also has rushed 59 times for 587 yards and a touchdown and four conversions. Temple and UCLA are among his interests.

* Joe Mechlinski, Patterson, senior, linebacker -- This 5-10, 180-pounder led the Clippers in tackles for the second straight year with 139 (29 solo) after garnering 119 tackles last year. Patterson had six shutouts this year and is 20-4 with Mechlinski in the lineup. He carries a 3.8 average and wants to attend either Johns Hopkins or Holy Cross.

* Greg Mihalko, South Carroll, senior, defensive back -- A second-team All-Metro pick last year when he was also Carroll County's Player of the Year, the 5-9, 165-pound Mihalko (30 tackles, one interception) was great in man-to-man coverage and was avoided by opposing quarterbacks. Offensively, Mihalko rushed 860 yards for eight touchdowns, including a 207-yard effort in a 27-21 win over Westminster for the Carroll County crown. He led the Cavaliers through a tough schedule that included 3A state semifinalist Thomas Johnson, 1993 state 2A champ Damascus, Centennial (7-3) and Linganore.

* DaLawn Parrish, Howard, senior, defensive back -- A preseason All-Ameri- can, Parrish (6-0, 185) runs a 4.5-second 40, had 28 unassisted tackles, 50 assists, four sacks and an interception. As quarterback, Parrish, was 78-for-142 for 1,097 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 593 yards and nine touchdowns. He also had 11 punt returns for 401 yards and a touchdown. A unanimous choice of the coaches as Howard County's top overall player, Parrish is an A student being pursued by Penn State, Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Rutgers.

* Mike Smith, North County, senior, lineman -- Opposing teams tried to run away from Smith because of his strength (benches 315 pounds). This three-year starter, who was a second-team All-Anne Arundel County pick last year, has 102 first hits and has been in on nearly 200 tackles.

* Sebastian Smothers, Poly, senior, lineman -- A repeat All-City pick and a second-team All-Metro pick last year, Smothers (5-11, 235) used his 4.7-second 40-yard -- speed to make 48 tackles, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries. With an 1,150 Scholastic Assessment Test score and a 3.2 average, Smothers hopes to be a nuclear engineer by studying at Penn, Delaware, Tennessee, Maryland or Georgia Tech.

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* Tim Spruill, Hammond, junior, punter -- Spruill (6-0, 178) punted 17 times for 634 yards (a 37.2 average). And with his 4.4-second speed in the 40, Spruill also excelled at six other positions. He made 41 tackles, recovered two fumbles and snatched seven interceptions -- two going for touchdowns. As quarterback he may be the first Howard County player to break 1,000 yards both rushing (1,038, 103 carries, 10 touchdowns) and passing (1,132 yards, 80-for-201, 10 touchdowns) in a season. Spruill returned nine kickoffs for 283 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown.

* Dwayne Stukes, McDonogh, senior, defensive back -- Stukes (5-11, 190), a repeat All-City/County and an All-Metro last year, had 108 tackles (76 solo), four fumble recoveries and returned his two interceptions for scores. A preseason SuperPrep All-American, Stukes used his 4.4-second speed to rush for 663 yards and 10 touchdowns, catch 25 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns, return punts for 285 yards and two touchdowns and return kickoffs for 230 yards and a touchdown. The B student has 4,621 all-purpose yards and 41 touchdowns over four seasons and likes Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland, Duke and Florida.

PICKING THE TEAMS

The Baltimore Sun 1994 All-Metro football team was selected by the local sports staff after consultation with area coaches. The All-Metro chart and capsules were compiled by Lem

Satterfield.



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