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    2012 Michigan prep football All-State Dream Team offense

    Here are the Free Press selections for the Michigan prep football All-State Dream Team offense for the 2012 season:

    E: Drake Harris

    School: Grand Rapids Christian.

    Vitals: 6-feet-4, 175 pounds, junior.

    Highlights: Made a finals-record eight catches for 243 yards and a score. Had 91 receptions for 2,015 yards, giving him 148 career catches for 3,133 yards, 37 TDs and 222 points. Committed to MSU. Coach Don Fellows: “As great a player as Drake is, he is a better teammate. He has worked hard to polish his game.”

    OL: Nick Matich

    School: Clarkston.

    Vitals: 6-3, 255, junior.

    Highlights: Three-year starter. Played offensive line and defensive tackle, recording 58 tackles and four sacks. Coach Kurt Richardson: “His motor is always running. He doesn’t take plays off. He’s always leading by example and is the complete player.”

    OL: Riley Norman

    School: Cadillac.

    Vitals: 6-8, 315, senior.

    Highlights: Four-year starter helped team amass 3,254 yards (2,405 rushing). Made 71 tackles, 16 for loss, forced two fumbles, recovered one and blocked a punt. Committed to MSU. Coach Jim Webb: “Riley is a phenomenal big man, the best I have coached in 30-plus years”

    OL: David Dawson

    School: Detroit Cass Tech.

    Vitals: 6-5, 285, senior.

    Highlights: Returned to Detroit from Texas to solidify ground game and help the Technicians earn a second straight Division 1 title. Coach Thomas Wilcher: “He plays with emotion, tenacity, aggression and a competitive edge, which makes him a great offensive lineman.”

    OL: Steven Elmer

    School: Midland.

    Vitals: 6-6, 305, senior.

    Highlights: Two-time Dream Team player dominated opponents for three years. Committed to Notre Dame. Coach Eric Methner: “Steven’s performance on the field showed his obvious outstanding ability. But what continues to impress me about Steven is his character.”

    OL: Cameron Dillard

    School: Canton.

    Vitals: 6-4, 290, senior.

    Highlights: Three-year starter, two-time Dream Team player is a powerful run blocker with great feet. Committed to Florida. Coach Tim Baechler: “The best thing about Cam is that he plays to the whistle and finishes blocks on every play. He loves to knock guys down, not just block them.”

    E: Jourdan Lewis (Captain)

    School: Detroit Cass Tech.

    Vitals: 5-11, 165, senior.

    Highlights: Had 751 receiving yards and six TD catches. Scored three TDs on special teams. Gained 405 yards on kick returns and 337 on punt returns. Helped Cass Tech repeat as Division 1 state champ. Committed to Michigan. Coach Thomas Wilcher: “He’s an explosive, dynamic playmaker.”

    QB: Garrett Pougnet

    School: Flint Powers Catholic.

    Vitals: 6-2, 195, senior.

    Highlights: Was 121-for-183 passing for 1,856 yards and 16 TDs. Ran for 556 yards and 10 TDs. Had two-year totals of 1,500 yards rushing (22 TDs) and 3,481 passing (31 TDs). Coach Bob Buckel: “From the first day I met Garrett Pougnet, he was the driving force that led Flint Powers Catholic to a school-record 19 consecutive victories and a state championship (2011).”

    RB: Grant Niemiec

    School: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

    Vitals: 6 feet, 220, senior.

    Highlights: Three-year starter was two-time All-Catholic and set school single-season rushing record with 1,910 yards on 277 carries and scored 28 TDs. Made 77 solo tackles, 51 assists, 6 1/2 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Coach George Porritt: “Grant just loves to play our style of football. He’s tenacious and just a throwback football player.”

    RB: John King Jr.

    School: Muskegon.

    Vitals: 5-11, 210, senior.

    Highlights: Had 149 carries for 1,623 yards and 21 TDs to lead Big Reds to Division 2 state title game. Coach Shane Fairfield: “John is an incredible young man with a great big work ethic. Comes from a very good family and has been the heart and soul of our team.”

    RB: Romello Brown

    School: Livonia Churchill.

    Vitals: 5-11, 240, senior.

    Highlights: Rushed 242 times for 1,843 yards and 29 TDs. Caught 12 balls for 151 yards and two TDs. Coach John Fillatraut: “People don’t know what this kid has been through. He has gone through a tremendous transformation since he has been here. He’s one of the most powerful kids I’ve ever coached.”

    K/P: J.J. McGrath

    School: Macomb Lutheran North.

    Vitals: 6-2, 220, senior.

    Highlights: Has kicked three of the longest field goals in Michigan history (57, 54 and 52). Was 7-for-11 on field goals and 25-for-26 on extra points this season. Averaged 41 yards per punt and had 35 touchbacks.

    2012 Michigan prep football All-State Dream Team defense

    Here are the Free Press' selections for the Michigan prep football All-State Dream Team defense for the 2012 season:

    DL: Michael Steinhauer

    School: Chelsea.

    Vitals: 6-feet-3, 265 pounds, senior.

    Highlights: Nose guard had 74 tackles (12 for loss), seven sacks, two picks (both TDs), one blocked kick. Committed to Central Michigan. Coach Brad Bush: “He was the guy every offense was aware of his location. Just turned age 17 during the season, so he has a lot of growth potential still left in him.”

    DL: David Curle

    School: Utica Eisenhower.

    Vitals: 6-4, 280, senior.

    Highlights: Two-time Dream Team player had 64 tackles (14 for loss), six sacks and two forced fumbles. Coach Chris Smith: “David was simply dominant, a great run stuffer. Teams went the other way. A solid pass rusher, but the way he got off the ball and put pressure on the QB was huge.”

    DL: Pierce Watson

    School: Lowell.

    Vitals: 5-11, 185, senior.

    Highlights: Made 52 solo tackles (72 total), 11 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. Blocked three punts and made three fumble recoveries. Coach Noel Dean: “Pierce was an anchor and defensive stalwart for two state finals teams. He exemplifies excellence at every level.”

    DL: Christan Gore

    School: Macomb Dakota.

    Vitals: 6-2, 245, senior.

    Highlights: Had 45 tackles, seven sacks and 12 QB hurries. Was the only two-way starter for Dakota. Coach Mike Giannone: “He knows all the assignments, and his technique is really good. More of a quiet guy … but he gets mad once he puts his helmet on.”

    LB: Anthony Darkangelo

    School: Novi Detroit Catholic Central.

    Vitals: 6-1, 200, senior.

    Highlights: Led team with 125 tackles (50 solo). Also led in scoring with 98 points at RB with 1,135 yards rushing. Finished career with 237 tackles, leading DCC to two consecutive state finals appearances. Coach Tom Mach: “Anthony is in the top 1% of the finest overall players we’ve had at Catholic Central.”

    LB: Jon Reschke (Captain)

    School: Birmingham Brother Rice.

    Vitals: 6-3, 232, senior.

    Highlights: Three-year starter made 86 solo tackles this year, 133 total (351 career). Had 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks and nine QB hurries. Coach Al Fracassa: “Stalwart of our defensive unit all three years. He should be an outstanding performer at Michigan State.”

    LB: Brent Showers

    School: Rockford.

    Vitals: 6 feet, 210, junior.

    Highlights: Leading tackler with 115 (53 solo), 16 for loss, and two sacks. Coach Ralph Munger: “Against the run he hits opposing ballcarriers like a human cannonball. He fills gaps fearlessly and stuns lead blockers as he sheds attempted blocks.”

    DB: Josh Jones

    School: Walled Lake Western.

    Vitals: 6-2, 210, senior.

    Highlights: Had 95 tackles, three sacks, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a safety. Scored 25 TDs, five in one game. Coach Mike Zdebski: “Became a great player his senior year by taking the team over as a leader, and backing up his convictions with a vocal and physical presence.”

    DB: Mark Chapman

    School: Port Huron.

    Vitals: 6-1, 170, senior.

    Highlights: Three-year starter, league MVP. As two-year starting QB, ran for 1,554 yards and 25 TDs and passed for 989 yards and seven TDs. Coach Ryan Mullins: “He plays for us in those critical defensive situations, in the big moments, up against the opponent’s No. 1 receiver.”

    DB: Jaleel Canty

    School: Lansing Everett.

    Vitals: 5-10, 195, senior.

    Highlights: Had eight pass breakups and 15 solo tackles as opposing QBs avoided him (made four picks last year). Returned 20 punts for 371 yards and two TDs. Caught four TD passes. Committed to Cincinnati. Coach Marcel Carruthers: “Jaleel is a phenomenal athlete for us. He’s a plug-and-play player — we can plug him in anywhere we need.”

    DB: Nate Emminger

    School: Plymouth.

    Vitals: 5-8, 185, senior.

    Highlights: Had two fumble recoveries for TDs, 10 kickoff returns for a 26.1 average and 17 punt returns for 240 yards. Coach Mike Sawchuk: “He’s the best, pure all-around football player in my 10 years here. The kid is just relentless. Everything a football player needs, Nate has it.”

    Coach: Terry Hessbrook

    School: Ithaca, ninth season.

    Highlights: Has won three consecutive Division 6 state titles and has led Ithaca to 42 consecutive victories, the fourth-longest winning streak in state. The latest title came after All-State quarterback Travis Smith was injured and lost on the second play of the game. “It was so hard and so difficult when we lost Travis; I think this is the most special.”

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