All-Area Football: Meet the first teams
Meet the first-team offense
Prairie Central, senior, quarterback
Why he made it: Coaches Association all-stater led the area in passing yards (1,933) and touchdown tosses (24) while completing 62 percent of his attempts (117 of 188). Also rushed for 616 yards and scored 11 TDs.
About Bounds: “Addison is among the best I have coached in my 23-year coaching career,” PC coach Brian Hassett said. “He can punt, kick, play free safety and was a great high school quarterback.”
A few of my favorite things: Chicken nuggets ... Adrian Peterson ... History ... “Ted” ... Will Ferrell ... Buffalo Wild Wings ... My girlfriend ... A mini-van ... Working on the family farm.
On my bucket list: Skydiving, visiting the White House and going on a cruise with friends.
Urbana, senior, quarterback
Why he made it: Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year raised the school passing record he set as a sophomore (1,314) to 1,406 as a junior and to 1,790 this year when he shattered all-time Twin City marks for career passing (4,613) and career total offense (6,613).
Season highlight: Coaches Association all-stater ran for 18 touchdowns and passed for 15 this season, sparking the Tigers to nine straight wins, including the school’s first postseason triumph, 36-22 against East Peoria.
A few of my favorite things: Macaroni and cheese ... Mikshadd Townsend ... Physics ... “Step Brothers” ... Cedric the Entertainer ... Hickory River Smokehouse ... Lexi ... A van ... Cleaning dorms at the UI.
On my bucket list: Travel out of the country, go skydiving and ride a giraffe.
Monticello, senior, running back
Why he made it: Repeat All-Area first-team selection is a four-year football letterman and a two-time Coaches Association all-stater.
Season highlight: Finished third in the area in rushing with 1,752 yards and an 8.8 per-carry average; fourth in the area in scoring with 132 points.
A few of my favorite things: Pizza ... Kevin Durant ... Mathematics ... “Anchorman” ... Kevin Hart ... Buffalo Wild Wings ... My girlfriend, Kennedy ... 2005 Pontiac Bonneville ... Lifeguarding.
On my bucket list: Skydiving, seeing the pyramids of Egypt and watching the Chicago Cubs win a World Series.
Villa Grove, senior, running back
Why he made it: Unanimous all-conference back even though he suffered a knee injury in Week 7 and was sidelined for three games. Was the area rushing leader when hurt and finished sixth in rushing with 1,515 yards, averaging 9.1 yards per carry.
Season highlight: Coaches Association all-stater set a school record with an eight-touchdown performance against Schlarman.
A few of my favorite things: Pasta ... Peyton Manning ... Anatomy ... “Never Back Down” ... Alexander’s Steak House ... My friends ... 2002 Nissan Maxima ... Detasseling.
On my bucket list: Skydiving and traveling to a different country.
Tuscola, senior, offensive lineman
Why he made it: Athlete who celebrates his 18th birthday today is an all-league first-team pick on offense and defense in the Okaw Valley Blue Division. Led team in tackling with 70.
About Haake: “He was as intelligent of a football player as I have ever coached. He made big plays in our biggest games. He made all of our line calls and all of our defensive calls. This young man was a lone warrior who fought to the bitter end,” coach Rick Reinhart said.
A few of my favorite things: Anything my grandmother cooks ... Walter Payton ... Physics ... “Shawshank Redemption” ... Daniel Tosh ... Piece Pizza, in Chicago ... All the single ladies ... Ford F-150 beast ... Mowing yards.
On my bucket list: Marry Zooey Deschanel, steal the Declaration of Independence and hunt wild buffalo with a crudely made spear.
Monticello, senior, offensive lineman
Why he made it: Team captain one of the area’s top comeback stories after missing his junior season with a knee injury.
Season highlight: The tackle was a catalyst up front for an offense that generated 3,134 yards rushing (averaging 7.1 yards per attempt).
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Russell Westbrook ... Human anatomy ... “I Am Legend” ... Drake ... Texas Roadhouse ... My girlfriend, Shelby ... 2003 Ford Explorer XLT ... Concession worker at Monticello Pool.
On my bucket list: Travel the world, go to a Super Bowl and climb Mount Everest.
Mahomet-Seymour, senior, offensive lineman
Why he made it: Center was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs and a two-time All-Corn Belt Conference first-teamer at the position. Catalyst for a playoff team that averaged 5.4 yards per rushing play and amassed 1,417 yards passing.
About Reed: “Jon displayed outstanding leadership,” M-S coach Keith Pogue said. “This year, Jon went both ways on the line and anchored both lines.”
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Yadier Molina ... Statistics and trigonometry ... “Joe Dirt” ... Dave Chappelle ... Meatheads ... Logan Myers ... 2004 Mazda G ... Cashier at Mahomet IGA.
On my bucket list: Skydiving, drive a race car and grizzly bear hunting.
St. Thomas More, senior, offensive lineman
Why he made it: Repeat All-Area first-team selection is a Purdue recruit who will enroll in January. Was a two-way all-conference pick in the Sangamon Valley.
Season highlight: Set school record for tackles as a junior (146) and followed up with 142 as a senior, pushing his career school mark to 411. Had eight tackles for loss this year and 24 in career.
A few of my favorite things: Spaghetti ... Zach Randolph ... Earth science with Mrs. Johnson ... “Shawshank Redemption” ... Randy Rogers Band ... Gibson’s Donuts ... Janie Skulborstad ... My parents’ car.
On my bucket list: Play in the Rose Bowl, get married, travel the world.
Fisher, junior, offensive lineman
Why he made it: Wrestling state placer and third-year varsity regular shifted between guard and tackle on offense and earned all-league first-team honors for offense and defense, the only underclassman so recognized.
About Wallick: “He is the centerpiece of our line, on both sides of the ball,” Fisher coach Matt Leng said. “Josh is without doubt the most dominant lineman we have had at Fisher in the last 20 years.”
A few of my favorite things: Runzas (Nebraska food) ... Tim Tebow ... Pre-calculus ... “Friday Night Lights” ... Jeff Dunham ... Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet ... My girlfriend, Hannah Varner ... Red truck ... Baling hay.
On my bucket list: Jump out of a plane, travel to Mexico and drive a Mustang.
St. Thomas More, senior, receiver
Why he made it: Repeat All-Area first-team selection earned three Sangamon Valley all-conference first-team designations: as a receiver, defensive back and punter.
Season highlight: Coaches Association all-stater a two-time area leader in receiving yards who hauled in 44 passes for 1,071 yards this year, moving into 10th on all-time IHSA state chart for receiving yards (2,908).
A few of my favorite things: Pizza ... Calvin Johnson ... Mr. Johnson’s government class ... “Black Hawk Down” ... Zac Brown Band ... Texas Roadhouse ... My girlfriend, Jade ... 2008 Chevy Silverado.
On my bucket list: Travel the world, play college football and win the lottery.
Danville, junior, receiver
Why he made it: Ranked eighth in the area in receiving, with 24 catches for 479 yards. Had TD receptions in four of the team’s first six games.
Season highlight: Second on the Vikings in tackling (71) and showed his versatility in the season finale when Danville was without its starting running back. He stepped in and rushed for a game-high 114 yards at Urbana.
A few of my favorite things: Pizza ... Cameron Newton ... History ... “Next Friday” ... Mike Epps ... Chili’s ... T-boog ... Red Charger ... Working at the Varsity Room .
On my bucket list: Go to a Super Bowl, go skydiving and have a family.
Unity, senior, place-kicker
Why he made it: Third-year varsity kicker booted 141 placements in his career, tying for 11th on the all-time IHSA state record book. Made area-best three field goals this season and six in his prep career.
Season highlight: Booted the game-winning 20-yard field goal at the buzzer in the state semifinals, lifting Unity to a 10-7 triumph at Williamsville in the Class 3A quarterfinals.
A few of my favorite things: Macaroni and cheese ... Dwyane Wade ... Government ... “Red Dawn” ... Jeff Dunham ... Texas Roadhouse ... Kennedy Hartman ... Chrysler Sebring ... Walking corn.
On my bucket list: Skydiving and traveling the world.
Centennial, senior, return specialist
Why he made it: Returned 23 kicks for an average of 25.9 yards. Caught 32 passes for 458 yards, the ninth-best total in school history. Intercepted six passes.
About Walls: “He was the guy opponents played multiple DBs on, and he still made catches and great yards,” Centennial coach Mike McDonnell said.
A few of my favorite things: Grandma Walls’ fried chicken ... Chris Paul ... Anatomy/physiology ... “Dark Knight Rises” ... SpongeBob SquarePants ... Texas Roadhouse ... The lovely Dagny Olson ... 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier ... A pool attendant at Sholem Aquatic Center.
On my bucket list: Score a touchdown for a college football team, play Chris Paul one-on-one and meet Jesus.
Meet the first-team defense
Unity, senior, defensive lineman
Why he made it: Two-year varsity starter the only unanimous All-Okaw Conference Black Division selection at his position, helping the Rockets advance at least to the state semifinals for a fourth consecutive year.
Season highlight: Anchor of the unit Scott Hamilton called “the strength of our team” wound up tied for second on the team in solo tackles (46) and third in overall stops (88).
A few of my favorite things: Venison strap backs ... Cameron Swearingen ... Agriculture business ... “Varsity Blues” ... Texas Roadhouse ... My girlfriend, McKenzie Krutsinger ... Black Dodge 1500 ... Working on the family farm.
On my bucket list: To shoot a deer over 200 inches, to farm over 5,000 acres and to have a big family.
Bismarck-Henning, senior, defensive lineman
Why he made it: Top tackler (80 stops) for the state-ranked Blue Devils, who won their first 10 games. Had a team-high 21 tackles for loss and six sacks. Four-year starter for program that reached the playoffs all four years, a first at the school.
About Supergan: “He is big and strong but continually surprises opponents because of his athleticism. More than anyone, he has had the most impact on turning around the football program. His 275 career tackles are an amazing amount for a defensive end,” B-H coach Mark Dodd said.
A few of my favorite things: Chinese food ... Julius Peppers ... Physical education ... “Forrest Gump” ... Will Ferrell ... De Coral ... Shelbi Haga ... 1989 Cadillac ... Mowing lawns.
On my bucket list: Fly on a plane, go to Hawaii and win state in wrestling.
Urbana, senior, defensive lineman
Why he made it: Finished fourth on the team in tackling, with 85, and had two fumble recoveries.
Season highlight: Had a team-high 21 tackles for loss, helping Urbana gain a share of the Big 12 title.
A few of my favorite things: Pizza ... Cameron Mammen ... Lunch ... “New Jock City” ... Kevin Hart ... Sam’s Cafe ... My girlfriend, Janiah ... A Chrysler ... Chef.
On my bucket list: Skydiving and riding in a Ferrari.
Watseka, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: Three-year team captain was the area’s most-used back, getting called upon 245 times this fall, helping the Warriors to the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Season highlight: Coaches Association all-stater set the school’s season rushing record with 1,617 yards, pushing his career total on the ground to 3,755 yards. Second on the team in tackling with 72.
A few of my favorite things: Grilled cheese and grilled shrimp ... Ray Rice ... U.S. history ... “Friday Night Lights” ... Daniel Tosh ... Applebee’s ... Everybody ... Dodge Avenger ... Sorting items in a recycling trailer.
On my bucket list: Go to a different country, go to Hawaii and build a house in the country or by a beach.
Fisher, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: Repeat All-Area first-team selection averaged 12.1 tackles per game, finishing with 109 stops. After three years as an offensive lineman moved to fullback and rushed for 891 yards.
About Carmien: “He plays football the way it should be, tough and physical, but with respect for the game and the opponent,” Fisher coach Matt Leng said. Carmien had 344 career tackles and ranks in the top 10 all time for the Bunnies.
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Brian Urlacher ... Economics ... “Airplane” ... Alan Jackson ... Texas Roadhouse ... My girlfriend, Brianna ... 2005 Ford Explorer ... Working on the family farm.
On my bucket list: Skydiving, seeing the world and flying a plane.
Unity, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: Despite missing three regular season games with an injury, he was the only Okaw Valley Black Division player to be all-conference on offense and defense.
Season highlight: Coaches Association all-stater a third-year varsity regular who was one of three 1,000-yard rushers on the Rockets (1,048 yards); also the team’s top tackler with 100 stops.
A few of my favorite things: Wheeler pizza dip ... Aaron Rodgers ... Government ... “Friday Night Lights“... Will Ferrell ... Texas Roadhouse ... Friends ... 2003 Silverado ... Picking pumpkins.
On my bucket list: Skydiving, go to Europe, make a million dollars.
LeRoy, senior, defensive back
Why he made it: The area rushing leader (2,141 yards) and scoring leader (37 TDs, 230 points) was the only unanimous all-conference pick in the Heart of Illinois for offense and defense.
Season highlight: Set school record for single-game rushing (327 yards), regular season rushing (1,478 yards) and career rushing (4,007 yards). Tied for fifth on team with 82 tackles.
A few of my favorite things: Cheeseburgers ... Patrick Willis ... Statistics ... “Pineapple Express” ... Wiz Khalifa ... Logan’s Roadhouse ... 2000 Daewoo Nubira ... Custodian.
On my bucket list: Travel to Europe and go to a Super Bowl.
Urbana, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year was a three-year varsity regular who finished second on the team in tackling as a junior and first as a senior.
Season highlight: Led the 9-2 Tigers with 128 tackles (ranking third in the area). Had 16 tackles for loss.
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Matt Forte ... Physical education ... “Friday Night Lights” ... Kevin Hart ... Red Lobster ... Fat Sandwich Company ... Brea ... A car ... Babysitting.
On my bucket list: Skydiving, go to Los Angeles and make a million dollars.
Arthur-Lovington/A-H, senior, linebacker
Why he made it: Seventh in the area in tackling (112) with a team-high total for a 7-3 squad. Was second on the team in receiving (347 yards), five behind the leader.
About Webb: “He was the heart and soul of our team this year. Tremendous leader vocally and by example. He had natural instincts to find the football and could hit and tackle anyone, regardless of size,” A-L/A-H coach Dale Schuring said.
A few of my favorite things: Apple pie ... Manti Te’o ... Conditioning ... “Remember the Titans” ... Kevin Hart ... Hooters ... My brother Pat or my buds Cody and Jordan ... 2010 Nissan Altima ... Scooter’s Restaurant.
On my bucket list: Skydive, go to a World Series and go to a Super Bowl.
St. Joseph-Ogden, junior, defensive back
Why he made it: Team tackling leader had 81 stops for a school that made the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season. He accounted for eight takeaways, four on interceptions and four on fumble recoveries.
About Depratt: “He is our best tackler from the secondary, and he is moved to fit the defensive need for each week,” SJ-O coach Dick Duval said. “Brady has been our top defensive player all season.”
A few of my favorite things: French toast ... Aaron Rodgers ... Trigonometry ... “Friday Night Lights” ... Jason Aldean ... Buffalo Wild Wings ... Kenzie James ... Toyota Camry.
On my bucket list: Go to the Super Bowl, travel the world and skydiving.
Cerro Gordo/D-W/B, junior, defensive back
Why he made it: Had a team-high four interceptions and finished fifth on team with 65 tackles. Offensively, second in the area in rushing with 1,807 yards (averaging 12.3 per carry) and scored 24 touchdowns. Also averaged 35.6 yards on five kickoff returns.
Season highlight: Considered the team’s “home run hitter.” “If we need a big play, he is usually the kid that comes up with it,” coach Andy Kerley said.
A few of my favorite things: Pizza ... Reggie Bush ... Physical education ... “Friday Night Lights” ... Jim Carrey ... Ryan’s ... My girlfriend, Anna Hendrix ... Volkswagen Jetta ... Hollister.
On my bucket list: Meet Reggie Bush, skydive and go to a Bears-Packers game.
Danville, junior, defensive back
Why he made it: Vikings’ tackling leader until a bruised shoulder limited him to offense. Finished with 55 stops. Accounted for 2,627 yards of total offense (1,598 passing, fourth in the area).
About Sherfield: “The most overall talented quarterback in my 36-year career,” Danville coach B.J. Luke said.
A few of my favorite things: Egg rolls ... Robert Griffin III ... American studies ... “The Express” ... Bernie Mac ... Monical’s ... Butter ... Charger ... Working at the Varsity Room.
On my bucket list: Crash a wedding, make a movie and swim in the ocean.
Centennial, senior, punter
Why he made it: Repeat All-Area first-team selection averaged 40.3 yards for his 36 punts this season, placing eight inside the 20. Finished with a team-high 82 tackles, 12 for loss.
About Evans: “He leaves our program as one of the best all-around players in Centennial history,” Chargers coach Mike McDonnell said.
A few of my favorite things: Steak ... Steve Weatherford ... Work class ... “The Girl Next Door” ... Jonah Hill ... The Lavins’ kitchen ... My wonderful girlfriend, Eliza ... 1986 Chevy Dually ... Cutting grass.
On my bucket list: Play college football, drive a semi and beat Michael Finke one-on-one.