Meet the first-team defense for football
GCMS, junior, defensive back
Why he made it: The first-team All-Heart of Illinois Conference pick made opposing quarterbacks pay for throwing his direction, intercepting an area-high and school-record 10 passes for the 8-3 Falcons. Also collected 52 tackles and broke up eight passes for a GCMS defense that held seven opponents to fewer than 10 points and allowed an average of less than 12 points per game.
Season highlight: "When our coach's grandpa died, our whole team went to his house and planted a memorial tree."
A few of my favorite things: Shrimp ... Tom Brady ... Eminem ... data management II ... "The Dark Knight" ... Dick's Sporting Goods ... Steak 'n Shake ... iPhone ... 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS ... to get a steady job ... to get married ... to have a good family
Centennial, junior, linebacker
Why he made it: An All-Big 12 pick as a linebacker and punter, Evans was also a Class 6A all-state pick for the Chargers. Recorded 81 tackles in his third season playing football. As a punter, the junior averaged 40.5 yards per punt, with 13 of them going for more than 45 yards.
Season highlight: "Fumble recovery for a touchdown against Normal Community."
A few of my favorite things: Sushi ... Ray Lewis ... Kenny Chesney ... anatomy ... "Friday Night Lights" ... Farm & Fleet ... Taco Bell ... Android ... my 1986 Chevy Dually ... to go skydiving ... to go scuba diving ... to play Division I football
Danville, junior, defensive line
Why he made it: The 271-pound junior was an All-Big 12 first-teamer who had 57 tackles, 14 quarterback hurries, four tackles for loss, two sacks and one blocked kick.
Season highlight: "My punt block against Springfield."
A few of my favorite things: Fried chicken ... Derrick Rose ... Lil' Wayne ... math ... "Insidious" ... online shopping ... Burger King ... Motorola Atrix ... Dodge Charger ... iPod ... a new car ... a new laptop
Mahomet-Seymour, senior, defensive line
Why he made it: First-team All-Corn Belt selection finished the season with 47 tackles, including five for loss and one sack. The 250-pounder had six quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble for the 8-2 Corn Belt champs. A staple on the offensive line, Kaesberg helped pave the way for a rushing attack that averaged close to 250 yards per game.
Season highlight: "Being named a captain and winning the Corn Belt Conference."
A few of my favorite things: Fettuccine Alfredo ... Ndamukong Suh ... Dave Matthews ... trigonometry ... "Fight Club" ... Finish Line ... Burger King ... iPhone ... Ferrari Enzo ... to play college football ... to go skydiving ... to travel to Italy
Tuscola, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: The Class 1A all-stater and unanimous All-Okaw Valley Blue linebacker finished the season with an area-high 168 tackles, which was the most in school history. For his three-year career, Onstott is Tuscola's all-time leader in tackles with 395. A staple on the Warriors' offensive line, the 195-pounder helped clear the way for an offense that averaged 360 yards per game and scored at least 41 points eight times.
Season highlight: "Playing in the state championship game for the third year in a row."
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Clay Matthews ... Wiz Khalifa ... Mrs. Hoel's English IV class ... "Billy Madison" ... Taco Bell ... BlackBerry Bold ... my uncle's BMW M5 ... to become a state police officer ... to travel to Germany ... to swim with the dolphins
Champaign Central, senior, punter
Why he made it: Two-year starting quarterback completed 89 passes for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Twin City champions. Baker was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick as a quarterback and a punter. He averaged 33 yards per punt, landing five inside the 20.
Season highlight: "Beating Urbana in the final seconds."
A few of my favorite things: Mac and cheese ... Tim Tebow ... Kanye West ... psychology ... "Anchor Man" ... Ralph Lauren ... Culver's ... iPhone 4S ... Maserati ... to go skydiving ... to write a book ... to learn a new language
Bismarck-Henning, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: An All-Vermilion Valley pick as a running back and linebacker, Collins led a Blue Devils defense that allowed 12 points a game. He recorded 50 tackles and finished his career as the school's all-time leader with 311 tackles. Enjoyed his first 1,000-yard rushing season, going for 1,202 yards and 16 touchdowns. He's also the school's all-time rushing leader (3,086 yards).
Season highlight: "Breaking the career rushing record."
A few of my favorite things: Tacos ... Brian Urlacher ... Eli Young Band ... physics ... "The Hangover" ... Hibbett Sports ... Taco Bell ... BlackBerry Torch ... Chevy Corvette ... to go skydiving ... to go to a Super Bowl ... to go on a trip around the world
Unity, senior, defensive line
Why he made it: An undersized player for the defensive line, the 175-pounder used his quickness to finish among the team leaders with 77 tackles and three sacks. The unanimous All-Okaw Valley Conference selection also recovered two fumbles for the Rockets, who reached the semifinals in Class 3A for the third straight season.
Season highlight: "Our Okaw Valley Black three-peat."
A few of my favorite things: Russell Wilson ... Tyler the Creator ... criminal justice ... "The Breakfast Club" ... Nike ... Burger King ... Corvettes ... to go skydiving
Unity, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: The Class 3A all-state pick and unanimous Okaw Valley Black all-conference selection finished second on the team with 120 tackles — brother Mitch had 121. The 205-pounder finished tied for second on the team with three sacks for a Rockets defense that produced two shutouts and held two other opponents to fewer than 10 points. Also caught 10 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns.
Season highlight: "Making the all-state team."
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Clay Matthews ... Zac Brown Band ... government class ... "Friday Night Lights" ... Nike ... Burger King ... Droid Incredible 2 ... Chevy Camaro ... to go skydiving ... to go to a Super Bowl
Tri-County, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: A unanimous All-Little Okaw Valley Conference pick, Blake finished his senior season with 109 tackles, 53 of them solo stops. Also anchored an offensive line that featured three backs who rushed for more than 500 yards, including leading rusher Luke Clapp (1,140 yards).
Season highlight: "Winning the conference for the third year in a row."
A few of my favorite things: Chinese food ... DeMarcus Ware ... Brantley Gilbert ... math ... "The Fast and the Furious" series ... Aeropostale ... Taco Bell ... Androids ... 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback ... to attend a Dallas Cowboys football game ... to rebuild a car ... to travel to Australia
Fisher, junior, linebacker
Why he made it: Wreaked havoc on Heart of Illinois offenses, finishing among the area leaders with 124 tackles for a Fisher defense that pitched one shutout and kept four other opponents under 10 points. A key offensive lineman, the 220-pounder helped an offense that produced three runners who rushed for between 336 and 751 yards.
Season highlight: "Beating GCMS and St. Thomas More."
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Brian Urlacher ... Alan Jackson ... U.S. history ... "3:10 to Yuma" ... Rural King ... Arby's ... my indestructible phone ... Ford F-250 ... to farm ... to meet Brian Urlacher ... to play college football
Urbana, senior, defensive back
Why he made it: The first-team All-Big 12 selection tied for the area lead with 41 receptions and had 667 yards to go along with two touchdowns for the Tigers. Intercepted two passes as a defensive back and finished the season with 26 tackles to go along with two returns for touchdowns.
Season highlight: "My 82-yard punt return against Bloomington."
A few of my favorite things: Lobster ... Randy Moss ... Lil' Wayne ... math ... "Shottas" ... Abercrombie & Fitch ... McDonald's ... great granddaddy ... to travel the world ... to meet Beyonce ... to fly a plane
Salt Fork, senior, defensive back
Why he made it: All-Vermilion Valley selection, Sacre directed the Storm to a 9-0 regular season — the area's lone unbeaten. He accounted for 1,067 yards of offense and 12 TDs, rushing for 591 and passing for 476. He was intercepted twice. Defensively was in on 28 tackles and had one interception.
Season highlight: "Having a 9-0 season."
A few of my favorite things: Mexican food ... Albert Pujols ... Drake ... U.S. history ... "Remember the Titans" ... Abercrombie & Fitch ... McDonald's ... iPhone ... Chevy Camaro ... to go to Hawaii ... to go skydiving ... to meet Albert Pujols