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January 19, 2013We cap our postseason football shout outs with the All-NorCal second team, which features players from four different sections and a pair of junior linebackers who are early favorites to be on the first team next year.
QB: Jared Goff SR Marin Catholic
The San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Year threw for 3,692 yards and 40 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions in helping Marin Catholic reach its first state bowl game since 2009. Goff, a Cal commit, was also named Marin Independence Journal Offensive Player of the Year and the NorCalPreps.com Division III Player of the Year.
RB: Eric Redwood SR Serra
Stepping up as the lead runner for the Padres, Redwood went for 1,833 yards and 25 touchdowns as Serra reached the Central Coast Section Open Division semi-finals. He had 31 carries for 288 yards and four touchdowns against Palo Alto in a playoff win. Redwood was first-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle.
RB: Justin Davis SR Lincoln-Stockton
Davis was one of three local players in the US Army All-American Bowl earlier this month and was an early enrollee at USC. He rushed for 1,806 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged more than seven yards per carry. In a playoff win over Merced, he rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He made first-team, All-Area by the Stockton Record.
WR: Troy Knox JR Folsom
While the Folsom passing game sees the ball spread around to multiple targets, Knox led the Bulldogs in catches (104), yards (1,249) and touchdowns (15). The junior had seven games with multiple touchdowns catches and had at least five catches in 13 of 15 games. He was named first-team, All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee.
WR: Richard Lopez SR Downey
Downey notched 10 wins this past season thanks to a prolific passing game attacking in the flats and down the field. The top receiving threat was Lopez, who tallied 1,184 yards and 18 touchdowns and was named the league's offensive player of the year. He had six games of at least 100 yards.
TE: Mason Melin SR Monte Vista
Melin did a little bit of everything for Monte Vista in being named first-team, All-East Bay by the Bay Area News Group and first-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle. In addition to passing for two scores and rushing for two scores, he caught 46 passes for 683 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense.
OL: Parker Doyle SR Granite Bay
In the middle of the Granite Bay line, Doyle was named first-team, All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee after helping the Grizzlies win the CIF Division I state title. Doyle and his line mates helped Granite Bay dominate opponents on the ground in reeling off 12 straight wins.
OL: Aaron Cochran SR Buhach Colony
Cochran is rated as the top lineman in the area and played up to those expectations throughout the year. Cochran saw time at both tackle spots and help spring big runs to the outside for Buhach Colony, which made the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semi-finals for the third straight year. He was first-team, All-Area by the Merced Sun-Star.
OL: Kevin Leathley SR California
Karris Johnson was one of the most productive runners in Northern California in part due to the blocking of the offensive line led by Leathley. The Grizzlies averaged 250 yards per game on the ground and Leathley was named first-team, All-East Bay by the Bay Area News Group.
OL: Dajon Ford SR McClymonds
Standing at 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Ford was the top lineman for McClymonds as the Warriors reached the NorCal Division IV Regional Bowl game. Ford was named first-team, All-East Bay by the Bay Area News Group and second-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle.
OL: Nico Aimonetti SR Los Gatos
Aimonetti was a force on both sides of the ball in making first-team, All-Mercury News and second-team, All-Metro in the Chronicle. The San Jose State commit had 63 tackles and six sacks on defense and helped the Wildcats rush for nearly 200 yards per game.
MP: Brandon Monroe SR Del Oro
The San Jose State commit battled injuries during his senior year, but had a major impact in leading Del Oro from a 1-4 start to the semi-finals of the SJS Division II Playoffs. He rushed for 1,545 yards and 17 touchdowns with 37 tackles and three sacks on defense. 15 of those touchdowns came over the last five games. He was named the Sacramento Bee Player of the Year and the NorCalPreps.com Division I Player of the Year.
DL: Ngaul Tapa JR Burbank
An early favorite to make these postseason teams again in 2013, Tapa recorded 124 tackles and 23.5 sacks for the Titans in making first-team, All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. He helped lead Burbank to an undefeated regular season before it fell to Oak Ridge in the SJS Division I semi-finals.
DL: Austin Hooper SR De La Salle
Hooper missed some time in the middle of the season due to injury, but his presence was clearly felt down the stretch for the Spartans. The recent Stanford commit had 39 tackles (nine for loss) and eight sacks while catching three touchdowns. He was first-team, All-East Bay by the Bay Area News Group and first-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle.
DL: Nikk Ryan SR Oakdale
Ryan was a force at fullback and on the defensive line for Oakdale, which won the SJS Division III title and was the CIF Division II state runner-up. Ryan rushed for 1,153 yards and 20 touchdowns and his pressure off the edge was vital in the section championship win over Vista del Lago.
DL: Elijah Qualls SR Casa Grande
After seeing recruiting attention on both sides of the ball, Qualls made his impact all over the field for the Gauchos in 2012. He ran for 708 yards and 10 touchdowns to go with 83 tackles (21 for loss) and six sacks. The Washington commit was named first-team, All-League and first-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle.
LB: Tanner Vallejo SR Nevada Union
Vallejo has produced staggering tackling totals for the past three seasons, including 2012. A Boise State commit, Vallejo registered 129 tackles and made first-team, All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. He never had less than nine tackles in a game and posted a season high 17 against Pleasant Grove.
LB: Derik Calhoun JR El Cerrito
With offers already starting to pile up for Calhoun, the junior repeatedly showed himself as one of the best linebackers in the region regardless of class. He finished with more than 100 tackles on the year in earning first-team, All-East Bay recognition by the Bay Area News Group and first-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle.
LB: Philip Wright SR Cardinal Newman
Wright earned first-team, All-Metro honors from the Chronicle and was named the North Bay League's Defensive Player of the Year. He also saw action on offense and special teams as the top player for the 11-2 Cardinals.
LB: Joey Banks JR Franklin
Franklin's defense helped propel the Wildcats to an undefeated regular season and the SJS Division I semi-finals. Banks was in the center of it and usually the opponent's backfield with 135 total tackles and six sacks. The talented junior earned first-team, All-Metro status from the Sacramento Bee.
DB: Trayvon Henderson SR Grant
Henderson was the top receiving threat for the young Pacers this year in also patrolling the backend of the defense at safety. He finished with 113 tackles and was named first-team, All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. He recorded double digit tackles against Burbank, Paradise, Nevada Union, Del Oro and Franklin-Elk Grove.
DB: Na'im McGee SR St. Mary's-Stockton
The Stockton Record Defensive Player of the Year finished with 114 total tackles for the Rams, which lost in the second round of the SJS Division II playoffs. He had a season high 18 tackles in a loss to Central Catholic.
DB: Adarius Pickett JR El Cerrito
Pickett had 63 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and an interception to help make the Gauchos one of the harder teams to throw on this past season. He also scored 10 total touchdowns in being named first-team, All-East Bay by the Bay Area News Group and first-team, All-Metro by the Chronicle.
DB: Chidobe Awuzie SR Oak Grove
Awuzie was a dual threat performer with 69 tackles and four interceptions to go with his offensive work of 1,247 yards and 14 touchdowns. He made first-team, All-Mercury News as Oak Grove went undefeated in the regular season before being upset in first round of the CCS Open Division playoffs.
K: Matt Anderson SR San Ramon Valley
A rarity in college recruiting, Anderson is headed to Cal on a full scholarship after notching 35 touchbacks for the Wolves. He also had major range on his field goals, including attempting tries of more than 50 yards. He was first-team, All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle.