2017 All-Central Texas football: first-team honorees


2017 ALL-CENTRAL TEXAS FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback: JoJo Weeks, sr., Wimberley

A one-time Texas State baseball recruit, Weeks now plans to play footbal for UT-San Antonio after throwing for 4,411 yards and 52 TDs while helping the Texans to a Class 4A, Division II state semifinal.

Running back: Alexander Julian, sr., McCallum

In his first season as the Knights’ lead back, Julian broke the Austin school district’s unofficial single-season rushing record, piling up 2,469 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Running back: Nakia Watson, sr., Westlake

A workhorse tailback who has signed with Wisconsin, Watson ran for 1,916 yards and 27 touchdowns and added another 327 yards and six scores on 18 receptions.

Wide receiver: Garrett Wilson, jr., Lake Travis

The versatile Wilson, who also saw spot duty at defensive back, made 98 catches for 1,774 yards while accounting for 32 total touchdowns.

Wide receiver: Caden Leggett, sr., Georgetown

A team captain, Leggett led the Eagles with 75 catches for 1,536 yards and 22 TDs, and he also added two rushing scores and a punt-return TD.

Wide receiver: Cameron Thomas, sr., Westwood

The leading receiver in the Austin area during the regular season, Thomas, a Boise State signee, had 75 catches for 1,335 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Offensive line: Judah Copeland, sr., McCallum

A three-year starter at left tackle, Copeland had 53 pancake blocks and didn’t allow a sack for an offense that ran for 373 yards a game.

Offensive line: Wesley Strnad, sr., Thrall

A center, Strnad totaled 86 knockdowns for a team that averaged 409 yards of offense per game, and he didn’t allow a sack in 180 pass attempts.

Offensive line: Ian Burnette, sr., Wimberley

An all-state left tackle who’s a TCU signee, Burnette graded out at 96 percent and recorded 94 knockdown blocks for a team that averaged 481 yards, 44 points a game.

Offensive line: Garrett Aylor, sr., Westlake

The offensive lineman of the year in District 25-6A, Aylor graded out at 96 percent and allowed one sack in 299 pass attempts for a team that put up 44 points per game.

Utility: Deon Collins, sr., LBJ

A two-way standout and an Incarnate Word recruit, Collins gained more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage, led the Jaguars in interceptions and scored on offense, defense and special teams.

Kicker: Michael Shipley, sr., Liberty Hill

A two-time all-Centex honoree, Shipley made 6 of 8 field-goal attempts — including kicks from 51 and 48 yards — as well as 69 of 70 extra-point attempts.

DEFENSE

Defensive lineman: Daymond Williams, sr., Cedar Ridge

An athletic interior lineman who also plays basketball, Williams piled up 66 tackles — including 23 for losses and 19 sacks — and also blocked a punt.

Defensive lineman: Braden Cassity, sr., Westlake

Voted the Class 6A defensive player of the year by the Associated Press, Cassity, an Oklahoma State signee, totaled 120 tackles and 15 sacks.

Defensive lineman: Oso Ifesinachukwu, sr., Vandegrift

A Yale signee, Ifesinachukwu recorded 101 tackles, 14 sacks and 14 tackles for losses for the Vipers, who reached the second round of the 6A, Division II playoffs.

Linebacker: Jackson Masters, sr., McCallum

The tackles leader for the Knights, Masters had 19 tackles for losses and three sacks among his 150 stops.

Linebacker: Keegan Nichols, sr., Cedar Park

The District 19-5A defensive player of the year, Nichols tallied 98 tackles, including 11 sacks to help the Timberwolves, reach the third round of the 5A, Division I playoffs.

Linebacker: Matt Mitchell, sr., Wimberley

The Austin area’s tackles leader, Mitchell made 197 stops that included 11 tackles for losses and also forced four fumbles.

Linebacker: Beau Collins, sr., Dripping Springs

A Colorado School of Mines pledge, Collins had 194 tackles and six sacks for the District 26-5A champion Tigers.

Defensive back: Nathan Parodi, sr., Lake Travis

A versatile ballhawk, Parodi totaled 104 tackles and seven interceptions and also returned two kicks for TDs.

Defensive back: Demarcus Hall, sr., San Marcos

The District 14-6A defensive player of the year, Hall had 84 tackles and six interceptions for the district champs.

Defensive back: Tristen Wooten, sr., Austin High

A Navy pledge, Wooten recorded 149 tackles and two picks and he also returned a kickoff for a TD.

Defensive back: Tobias Harris, sr., Hendrickson

The emotional leader of the Hawks, Harris totaled 114 tackles and six interceptions, and he scored two touchdowns apiece on interception and kick returns

Punter: Jared DeFelice, sr., Lago Vista

Voted the special teams MVP of District 13-3A, Division I, DeFelice not only punted and kicked for the Vikings, but he also picked up first-team, all-district quarterback honors.

— Thomas Jones



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