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2012 Akron Beacon Journal All-Star football players

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

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ALEX ALDERS

Nordonia, sophomore

6-1, 185, WR-DB-KR-PR

Emerged as an impact player alongside his brother, senior quarterback-punter Tyler Alders, on a Knights team that made the Division I state playoffs. Had 63 receptions for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season, and also rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Contributed on 51 tackles and had four interceptions. Also averaged 27.6 yards per kickoff return and 12.7 yards per punt return.

PATRICK BENSON

GlenOak, senior

6-2, 215, DL

Garnering interest from colleges after recording 36 tackles, 11 for loss and 10 sacks on a Golden Eagles team that advanced to the Division I state playoffs.

FRANSOHN BICKLEY

St. Vincent-St. Mary, senior

5-6, 145, WR-DB-PR

Affectionately known as “Fresh” on a Fighting Irish team that qualified for the Division III state playoffs. Snagged 30 receptions for 618 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season. Made 35 tackles and had two interceptions. Also returned 15 punts for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

DANTE BOOKER

St. Vincent-St. Mary, junior

6-4, 215, LB-TE.

Holds scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and several other schools. Helped the Fighting Irish advance to the Division III state playoffs and was named the Associated Press Division III Northeast Ohio Inland District Defensive Player of the Year. Had 72 tackles, six sacks, eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in the regular season on a defense that includes juniors Aaron Adkins, Newman Williams and Travonte Junius.

TRA’VON CHAPMAN

Kent Roosevelt, senior

6-2, 200, QB

University of Pittsburgh recruit guided the Rough Riders to the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division title and a spot in the Division II state playoffs with seniors Trei Thomas and Austin Mastroine and juniors Stan Zalewski and Matt Sommers. Completed 154-of-273 for 2,469 yards and 30 touchdowns in the regular season. Also rushed for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns on 129 carries.

ADAM COBERLY

Hudson, senior

6-2, 210, DE

Key defensive player on an Explorers team that won their third Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title in a row and qualified for their second consecutive Division I state playoff appearance. Contributed on 115 tackles in the regular season, and had 12 sacks, 25 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

GAREON CONLEY

Massillon, senior

6-2, 175, WR-DB

University of Michigan recruit helped the Tigers reach the Division I state playoffs. Had 50 receptions for 1,096 yards and 16 touchdowns. Also rushed for a touchdown, contributed on 25 tackles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass.

NATHANIEL DEVERS

Massillon, junior

6-5, 273, OL-DL

Key blocker on a Tigers team that reached the Division I state playoffs. Garnering interest from colleges for his work up front in an offense that includes junior lineman Chase Lash, senior quarterback Kyle Kempt and junior receiver Marcus Whitfield.

PATRICK DOUGHERTY

Aurora, senior

6-5, 265, OT

Indiana University recruit graded out at 94 percent in blocking efficiency in the regular season for a Greenmen team that reached the Division II state playoffs. Had seven pancake blocks in an offense that includes senior running back Zach Quinn, junior quarterback George Bollas and senior linemen Jack Bruder and Geoff Moniz.

MATT GEER

Ellet, junior

5-8, 170, LB-RB

Led a young Orangemen team to the City Series championship and a Division II state playoff appearance. Had 95 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions in the regular season. Rushed for 815 yards and nine touchdowns on 107 carries. Had eight receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Joined sophomore Jacob Ivery, junior Dakota King, junior Hussain Hamdan and senior Corey Hoskinson to provide a presence on offense and defense.

KEVIN GLADNEY

Firestone, senior

6-4, 180, WR

University of Nebraska recruit combined with senior running back Jerome Lane to give the Falcons two explosive offensive threats. Had 31 receptions for 416 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season.

ANTHONY GOTTO

Tallmadge, senior

6-0, 205, QB

A catalyst for a Blue Devils team that won its third consecutive Suburban League championship and once again advanced to the Division II state playoffs. Completed 130-of-223 passes for 19 touchdowns and 2,228 yards in the regular season. Gained 528 yards on 80 rushes and ran for 11 touchdowns.

JORDAN HARGROVE

St. Vincent-St. Mary, senior

6-0, 180, WR

A college prospect and the top receiver for a Fighting Irish team that reached the Division III state playoffs and also features senior quarterback Clayton Uecker. Caught 54 passes for 812 yards and 10 touchdowns in the regular season.

DOM IERO

North Canton Hoover, senior

6-0, 175, QB-DB

Named the Associated Press Division I Northeast Ohio Inland District Offensive Player of the Year after guiding the Vikings to a Division I state playoff berth. Completed 125-of-223 passes for 2,361 yards and 28 touchdowns. Rushed for 488 yards and 15 touchdowns on 156 carries. Also a standout basketball player who signed with the University of Akron to play baseball.

ANTOINE MILES

Canton McKinley, senior

6-3, 250, DL-TE

College prospect recorded 73 tackles, 17 for loss and 12 sacks. Led the Bulldogs to a Division I state playoff appearance with sophomore Eric Glover-Williams and seniors Jeff Richardson, Troy Lowe, Tre’Vontae Jackson and Xzavier McAllister.

DEON’TAE MOORE

Kenmore, senior

6-4, 216, OLB-WR

Holds scholarship offers from the University of Akron, Kent State, Ohio and Toledo. Totaled 98 tackles (56 solo), 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception in the regular season. Also had 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and gained 27 yards rushing on four carries. Named the City Series Defensive Player of the Year, joining the City Series Offensive Player of the Year, Buchtel senior Elijah Bell.

HUNTER NISWANDER

Woodridge, senior

6-4, 218, PK-P

Northwestern recruit was automatic on point after touchdown kicks, converting 53-of-53 in the regular season. Made 9-of-11 field goals, with four from over 50 yards. Also had 24 touchbacks and posted a 41.1-yard punt average for a Bulldogs team that made the Division III state playoffs.

NICK PEYAKOV

Manchester, senior

6-3, 215, QB-PK-P

Garnering interest from several colleges after leading the Panthers to a Division IV state playoff appearance with seniors Jamar Dukes and Chad Robertson and junior Jake Hanzel. Completed 165-of-290 passes for 2,327 yards and 24 touchdowns in the regular season. Rushed for 595 yards and 16 touchdowns on 148 carries. Converted 30-of-37 points after touchdown kicks and had a 42.1-yard average on 32 punts.

ZACH SMIERCIAK

Aurora, senior

6-3, 225, OLB

Miami (OH) University recruit helped the Greenmen reach the Division II state playoffs on a defense that includes seniors Jake McVay, Brett Rodgers and Nate Sotka and junior Justin Wazbinski. Had 81 tackles (31 solo), three sacks, four interceptions and eight tackles for loss in the regular season. Named the Associated Press Division II Northeast Ohio Inland District Defensive Player of the Year

GARY STRAIN

Mogadore, senior

6-1, 205, RB

Guided the Wildcats to 10-0 regular season, a Portage Trail Conference County Division title and a Division VI state playoff appearance. Rushed for 1,261 yards and 17 touchdowns on 148 carries in the regular season. Had 14 receptions for 333 yards and six touchdowns on a team that includes seniors Joe Callihan, Scot Hower and Jake Cramer and junior Bryce Huth. Named the Associated Press Division VI Northeast Ohio Inland District Offensive Player of the Year.

KENTRELL TAYLOR

Massillon, senior

6-1, 225, LB-RB

College prospect played a key role in guiding the Tigers to a Division I state playoff berth. Compiled 97 tackles, eight for loss, three sacks, recovered three fumbles and intercepted one pass. Rushed the ball 38 times for 220 yards and six touchdowns.

DYMONTE THOMAS

Marlington, senior

6-1, 190, RB-LB

University of Michigan recruit rushed for 1,270 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Also made 70 tackles in leading the Dukes to a Division III state playoff appearance.

Named the Associated Press Division III Northeast Ohio Inland District Offensive Player of the Year. Finished his career with 4,587 rushing yards, 360 tackles and 61 touchdowns.

AREGEROS TURNER

Copley, senior

5-11, 170, RB-DB

University of Cincinnati recruit rushed for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns on 208 carries in the regular season. Had 17 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns.

DORIAN WILLIAMS

Streetsboro, senior

5-11, 190, DB-RB

College prospect led the Rockets to a Division IV state playoff appearance. Named the Associated Press Division IV Northeast Ohio Inland District Defensive Player of the Year, joining Norwayne senior Jon Zimmerly, the Offensive Player of the Year. Also rushed for 1,981 yards and 23 touchdowns on 249 carries.