Originally created 12/25/96

'96 prep football Georgia All-Area Team



First Team

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Offense

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Player Ht Wt Yr. School Comment
QB Terrence Edwards 6-2 165 Jr. Wash. Co. Threw for 1,000+, ran for 900+ for champs.
RB Audrell Grace 5-11 180 Sr. Screven Co. Rushed for 1,482 yards despite injury, new offense.
RB Greg Cooper 5-9 210 Sr. Wash. Co. Led state in TDs; more than 1,500 yards.
WR Jason Stanford 5-11 170 Sr. Lakeside School's all-time leader in all receiving categories.
WR Mike Santos 5-7 140 Sr. Aquinas 51 receptions, 837 yards broke school records.
TE Nathan Thompson 6-5 230 Sr. Lakeside Caught 42 passes, great blocker.
OL Seth Kirkland 6-6 290 Sr. Evans Tackle committed to UGA; quick feet.
OL Wes Register 6-1 260 Sr. Evans Strong guard was force w/ Register for Knights.
OL Shaun Williams 6-5 270 Sr. Josey Showed potential late in year; quick for size.
OL John Griffin 6-2 250 Sr. Josey Very strong, smart player; tons of heart.
OL Bubba Brantley 6-3 275 Sr. Wash. Co. Made it happen for Cooper and Hawks.
K Reid Bethea 5-7 145 Sr. Wash. Co. 50-for-52 PATs; 7-9 FGs, including 48-yarder.
P Rico Bravo 6-2 190 Jr. Lakeside 38.5 avg., threw for more than 2,000 yds. at QB.
Defense
Player Ht Wt Yr. School Comment
DB Armark Tolbert 6-1 190 Sr. Josey State's best cover man, led team in INTs.
DB Deon Grant 6-4 190 Sr. Josey Nation's No. 1 DB played through injury.
DB Nick Callaway 6-0 180 Sr. Wash-Wilkes Starred on defense, rushed for 1,014 yds.
DB Chris Horne 6-1 210 Sr. Wash. Co. State's top safety led team in INTs; team leader.
LB Levar Johnson 6-1 210 Sr. Evans Team's leading tackler, super citizen, talent.
LB Josh Franqui 5-11 210 Sr. Hephzibah Led area in tackles, big heart.
LB Rodney Neal 6-1 190 Sr. Thomson Leading tackler for Bulldogs, quick, strong.
LB Tyree Ware 6-2 210 Sr. Burke Co. 106 tackles, 5 TFL, leader of great defense.
DL Eddie Brown 6-0 190 Jr. Josey Leader on Josey defense loaded with stars.
DL Percy Bland 6-5 220 Sr. Josey A punisher on D; also an all-state tight end.
DL Jesse Miller 6-2 230 Sr. Wash. Co. Hawks leading tackler; the next Takeo Spikes?
DL George Evans 6-3 225 Jr. Burke Co. Great pass rusher; 8 sacks, 8 caused fumbles.
DL Tyrone Howard 5-10 185 Sr. Thomson Led Bulldogs in sacks, anchored great D-Line.
AP Nick Kearns 6-2 180 Sr. Westside 1,110 yards passing; 27-27 PATs, star at DB.

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Second Team

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OFFENSE

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QB--Mark Thornhill, senior, Greenbrier

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RB--Marc Bailey, junior, Thomson

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RB--Gary Handsom, sophomore, ECI

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WR--Patrick Jones, senior, Greenbrier

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WR--Troy Albea, senior, Lincoln County

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TE--Matt Childers, senior, Westside

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OL--Chip Pearson, senior, Lakeside

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OL--Travers Paine, senior, ARC

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OL--James Norris, senior, Swainsboro

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OL--Corey Cooper, senior, Laney

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OL--Phillip Bertsch, senior, Thomson

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K--Brian Rhodes, senior, Aquinas

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P--Carson Wiggins, senior, Lakeside

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DEFENSE

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DB--John Fielding, senior, Josey

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DB--John Vigna, senior, Evans

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DB--Hunter Morris, junior, Evans

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DB--Kelvin Leverett, senior, Lincoln County

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LB--Tremayne Story, junior, Thomson

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LB--Willie Dixon, senior, Burke County

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LB--Bernard Thomas, senior, Butler

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LB--George Dey, sophomore, Aquinas

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DL--Shawn Linder, senior, Johnson County

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DL--Monte Norman, senior, Washington-Wilkes

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DL--Grymecus Hart, junior, Thomson

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DL--Vic Miller, junior, Washington County

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DL--Henry Brown, senior, Laney

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AP--Carl Norman, senior, Washington-Wilkes

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Third Team

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OFFENSE

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QB--Sunny Roberson, senior, Screven County

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RB--Chris Marshall, senior, Johnson County

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RB--Mark Smith, senior, Greenbrier

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WR--Juan Brown, senior, Swainsboro

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WR--Donta Johnson, senior, Jefferson County

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TE--Brian Thorstad, junior, Westside

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OL--Phillip Nelson, senior, Harlem

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OL--Andy Higgins, junior, Evans

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OL--Jean-Paul Martin, junior, Josey

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OL--Josh Jones, senior, Washington County

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OL--Vic Cassella, senior, Aquinas

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K--Shaun Gindlesperger, senior, Evans

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P--Matt Thomas, sophomore, Swainsboro

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DEFENSE

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DB--Antonio Ricks, senior, ECI

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DB--Michael Youngblood, junior, Burke County

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DB--Tim Cannon, senior, Josey

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DB--Terrell Roberts, junior, Thomson

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LB--Demario Dargan, senior, Hancock Central

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LB--Mario Reeves, junior, Washington County

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LB--Edward Roberts, senior, Screven County

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LB--Torrenzo Washington, senior, Josey

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DL--Carlos Rolland, senior, Evans

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DL--Ralph Ellison, senior, Burke County

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DL--Keith Bates, junior, Evans

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DL--Eric Boyd, Jefferson County

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DL--Ken Jones, junior, Glenn Hills

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AP--Tim Hatcher, senior, Glascock County

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Honorable Mention

Offense

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\tQuarterbacks--Deak Collins, Warren County; Jermaine Brooks, Josey; Kevin Miles, Aquinas; Marvin Pender, Washington-Wilkes; Quincy Jackson, Thomson. Running Backs--Judonn Brown, Jefferson County; James Bonner, Josey; Nick Taylor, Johnson County; Michael Nordman, Aquinas, Calvin Richards, Harlem; Freddie Germany, Thomson; Bo Jenkins, Butler; Grantly Hunter, Butler; Chris Sistrunk, Butler; Chip Dykes, Josey; Rob Dicks, Josey; Lewis Cox, Josey; Jonathan Taylor, Laney; Mike Gillian, Laney; Spencer Crunk, Evans; Ed Wilder, Washington-Wilkes; Joe Ward, Greene-Taliaferro; Larry Luke, Greenbrier. Wide Receivers/Tight Ends--Bruce Steele, ECI; Laconte Lowe, Warren County; Aaron Mills, Butler; Sheldon Cunningham, Burke County; Derrick Owens, Washington County; Matt Bailey, Washington-Wilkes; Jason Cash, Glascock County; Antwan Pierce, Glenn Hills. Offensive linemen--Jeff Alvey, Evans; Tom Oliver, Aquinas; Jason Callaway, Washington-Wilkes; Jason Beck, Westside; Seymore Harrison, Glenn Hills; Ryan George, Hephzibah; Shawn Faison, Hephzibah.

Defense

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\tDef. Backs--Tony Smith, Greenbrier; Ahmad Heard, Glenn Hills, DeAngelo Prather, Hephzibah; Greg Wooten, Hephzibah. Linebackers--Travoris Tremble, Jefferson County; Anthony Sweat, Greenbrier; James Rushing, Greenbrier; Dennis Quinn, Washington Wilkes; Corey Beckworth, Glascock County; Joey Carlton, ECI; Reggie Pope, Butler; Danny Bush, Lakeside; Bert Nichols, Lakeside; Scotty Brown, Lincoln County; Melvin Williams, Hephzibah; Derrick Gordon, Josey. Defensive Linemen--Scott Carmichael, Butler, Alonzo Wright, Butler; Rashayn Bennett, Lincoln County; Shedrick Wynn, Lincoln County; Maurice Johnson, Glenn Hills.