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EDGY: Local names to watch in Friday's bowl games


EDGY: Local names to watch in Friday's bowl games

Here are list of local names to watch in Friday's NCAA bowl games, including the Outback Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and the Citrus and Rose Bowl.

Outback Bowl, Northwestern vs Tennessee, 11:00 a.m.


Matt Alviti (QB), Maine South

Lloyd Yates (QB), Oak Park-River Forest

Quinn Baker (WR), Cary-Grove

Daniel Kubiuk (QB), Barrington

Clayton Thorson (QB), Wheaton North

Justin Jackson (RB), Glenbard North

Parker Westphal (DB), Bolingbrook

Mark Gorogianis (WR), Montini Catholic

Matthew Harris (DB), Lyons Township

Tommy Vitale (LB), Wheaton Warrenville South

Matt Micucci (K/P), Stevenson

Dami Arowolaju (DB), Rich South

Mason Weissenhoffer (K), Montini Catholic

Dan Vitale (SB), Wheaton Warrenville South

Joseph Jones (LB), Plano

Anthony Pierce-Adams (LB), Oak Park-River Forest

Matt Frazier (OL), Bishop McNamara

JB Butler (OL), Joliet Catholic Academy

Tyler Lancaster (OL), Plainfield East

Blake Hance (OL), Jacksonville

Adam Lemke-Bell (OL), Oak Park-River Forest

Cameron Green (WR), Stevenson

Mark Szott (SB), Waubonsie Valley

Flynn Nagel (WR), Lemont

CJ Robbins (DL), LaSalle-Peru

Dean Lowry (DL), Rockford Boylan



Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State vs Notre Dame, 12 p.m.

Ohio State

Jamarco Jones (OL), DeLaSalle

Mike Maduko (S), Montini Catholic

Tommy Schutt (DL), Glenbard West

Dylan Thompson (DL), Montini Catholic

Notre Dame

Miles Boykin (WR), Providence Catholic

Connor Cavalaris (DB), Lake Forest

Scott Daly (LS), Downers Grove South

Micah Dew-Treadway (DL), Bolingbrook

Patrick Mazza (DL), Glenbard West

Colin McGovern (OL), Lincoln-Way West

Nyles Morgan (LB), Crete-Monee

Kier Murphy (LB), Rock Island Alleman

Drew Recker (S), Lakes Community

Robert Regan (QB), Hinsdale South

Trevor Ruhland (OL), Cary-Grove

Buster Sheridan (WR), Mount Carmel

Jimmy Thompson (LB), Hinsdale Central

Nic Weishar (TE), Marist

Citrus Bowl, Florida vs Michigan, 12 p.m.


Antonio Morrison (LB), Bolingbrook


Bo Dever (WR), Lake Forest

Jordan Glasgow (S), Marmion Academy

Scott Sypniewski (LS), Ottawa Marquette

Ty Isaac (RB), Joliet Catholic Academy

Graham Glasgow (OL), Marmion Academy

Brad Anlauf (WR), Hinsdale Central

Ian Bunting (TE), Hinsdale Central

Ryan Glasgow (DL), Marmion Academy

Rose Bowl, Iowa vs Stanford, 3:30 p.m.


Brandon Bishop (WR), Kaneland

Kevin Ward (DB) Providence Catholic

Maurice Fleming (DB), Curie

Adam Cox (FB), Stillman Valley

Austin Kelly (FB), Stagg

Ben Niemann (LB), Sycamore

Lane Akre (FB), Geneseo

Jack Hockaday (LB), Maroa-Forsyth

Faith Ekakitie (DL), Lake Forest Academy

Jordan Walsh (OL), Glenbard West

Jaleel Johnson (DL), Montini Catholic

Ryan Ward (OL), Providence Catholic

Mitch Keppy (OL), Port Byron

Nate Vejvoda (TE), Providence Catholic

Nate Wieting (TE), Rockford Lutheran


Lewis Biruk (LB), St. Ignatius

Johnny Caspers (OL), Glenbard West

Wesley Annan (DL), Lake Forest Academy

Sugar Bowl, Mississippi State vs Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State


Oklahoma State

Terry Tillmon (WR), Al Raby

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren


90 Days to Kickoff: Warren 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture. 

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic 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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.