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The 2016 Edgy Tim All-State Team

The 2016 Edgy Tim All-State Team

It is time to unveil the 2016 EDGYTIM.com All-State team.

The EDGYTIM.com All-State team is selected from Class 5A thru Class 8A schools.

QB Nick Leongas, Maine South: Hawks' offensive threat completed 166 of 267 passes for 2,871 yards, 21 TDs and just 2 INTs while also running for 1,116 yards and 13 TDs.

RB Geno Hess, Peoria: Lions' star ran for 2,812 yards and 44 touchdowns.

RB Vittorio Tricase, Glenbard North: Tricase ran for 1,877 yards and 35 TDs in 2016.

OL Kendrick Green, Peoria: Green was a dominant two-way linemen for the Class 5A state champs.

OL Kevin Jarvis, Maine South: Michigan State commit also dominated on both sides of the ball in 2016.

OL Jack Badovinac, Loyola: Colgate commit was a leader of the Ramblers offensive line.

OL Jeff Jenkins, Prairie Ridge: Wolves' junior is a two-way lineman — a standout on both sides of the football.

OL Max Schumann, St. Charles East: Saints' nose to the grindstone, blood and guts kind of player.

TE Jake Marwede, Loyola: Duke commit. One of the toughest matchups for any defensive back in 2016.

WR Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis: Flyers featured the state's most dangerous receivers. Four year varsity impact starter.

WR Ricky Smalling, Brother Rice: Illinois commit. Great mix of size/speed/hands and big play potential.

ATH Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge: Evans was a huge factor in the Wolves’ 6A state title run; he could play anywhere on the field. 

KR/PR Daquan Cross, West Aurora: Blackhawks' leader and possibly the state's most underrated playmaker.  

DL AJ Epenesa, Edwardsville: Iowa commit. Could be the state's best overall athlete. 

DL Joe Spivak, Montini: Northwestern commit. Non-stop motor and a true passion for the game.

DL Noah Shannon, Oswego: Shannon, only a junior, was one of the most dominant DTs I saw all season.

DL Devin O'Rourke, Lincoln-Way East: O'Rourke, another junior, will be one of the state's most sought after names in the 2018 class.

DL Dionte Moorehead, Glenbard West: Hilltoppers' senior DE was also a versatile performer.

LB Brett Moorman, Fenwick: Moorman resembles the old school, throwback type of linebacker. 

LB Micah Awodiran, Marist: Yale commit. Great instincts and was also named the ESCC Defensive MVP in 2016.

DB Jace James, Glenbard North: Northwestern commit. Posted 11 interceptions in 2016.

DB Isaiah Robertson, Neuqua Valley: Notre Dame commit. One of the state's best two-way players. 

DB Camron Harrell, Bradley: Iowa commit. Big time playmaker on both sides of the ball. 

DB Kevin Block, Plainfield North: Tigers' leader, a strong all-around athlete for the 7A runner-ups.

ATH James Knight, East St. Louis: Flyers' leading tackler for the 7A state champs. 

K/P Riley Patterson, Edwardsville: Memphis commit. Possesses one of the state's strongest legs. 

42 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

42 Days to Kickoff: Glenbard East

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Glenbard East

Head coach: John Walters 

Assistant coaches: Bob Stone (OC), Tony Bartolotta (OL), Joe Cristina (WR), Brian Fetterolf (RB), Steve Kuchefski (OL), Tiff Hamilton (DL), Jim Walker (DL), Maurice Mason (OLB), Jeff Cherry (DC) and Dennis Lueck (DB)

How they fared in 2018: 10-1 (9-0 Upstate 8 Conference). Glenbard East made the Class 7A IHSA state football playoff field and defeated Prospect. In the second round, they lost to East St. Louis.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Elgin

Sept. 6 vs Bartlett

Sept. 13 @ West Chicago

Sept. 20 @ Fenton

Sept. 27 vs South Elgin

Oct. 4 vs East Aurora

Oct. 11 @ Streamwood

Oct. 18 vs Glenbard South

Oct. 25 vs Larkin

Biggest storyline: Last season was one of the most successful seasons in Glenbard East football history. Can the Rams keep the momentum going this fall?

Names to watch this season: S Jason Torrevillas (Sr.) and WR Deon Cook (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Rams will need to replace 16 graduated starters from last year's roster.

EDGY's Early Take: Glenbard East made the state playoffs in 2018 for just the second time in school history. The Rams will need to reload quite a bit on both sides of the football, yet Walters’ football program has never been in better shape— both from an overall excitement level and community involvement. The 2019 schedule also gives the Rams better than a fighting chance to make a potential state playoff bid this season. 

43 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

43 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Vincent Holmes, Andy Schindel, Chris Lewis, Justin Harris and Mark Thomas

How they fared in 2018: 8-3 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A IHSA state football playoff field, defeated Springfield and then lost to Normal West in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Leyden
Sept. 6 vs St Francis
Sept. 13 @ Reavis
Sept. 20 @ Evergreen Park
Sept. 27 @ Eisenhower
Oct. 4 vs Oak Lawn
Oct. 11 @ Lemont
Oct. 18 vs Richards
Oct. 25 vs Argo

Biggest storyline: Coach Rone’s first season was a success. Can the Astros make another state playoff run in 2019?

Names to watch this season: LB Matthew Hightower (Sr.), WR/DB Jalen Smith (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros welcome back six returning starters back on defense, but they will feature nearly an entire starting offense with very limited experience.

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach John Rone was able to get the Astros into the  playoffs in his first season in charge of the Shepard program. It was also the fourth straight playoff appearance for the school. The Astros always have plenty on hand in the skills department. But the defense may need to carry a talented —but younger— offense. If the pieces can gel, they can challenge for another IHSA state playoff appearance.