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Meet the Star Tribune All-Metro football offense first, second teams

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 11/21/16, 9:00PM CST


Click to see who made the 2016 squads.

All-Metro first team

Brad Davison, Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year

Maple Grove; 6-4, 200; senior quarterback

Has all the attributes of a Division I QB: Poise, arm strength, size, athleticism, leadership. Passed for 2,418 yards and 23 TDs, rushed for 891 yards and 15 TDs. Selected Wisconsin for basketball.

Click to read David La Vaque's profile of Davison.

Wade Sullivan

Lakeville North; 5-9, 179; senior running back

Metro’s best combination of strength and speed. Always gets positive yards. Rushed for 1,787 yards, 31 touchdowns.

Jalen Frye

Mahtomedi; 5-7, 160; senior running back

Explodes through holes and runs through arm tackles. Has speed to pull away from defenders. Ran for nearly 1,700 yards, scored 20 TDs.

Ryder Beckman

Monticello; 5-10, 181; senior running back

Enviable amalgam of power, speed and elusiveness. Rushed for 1,281 yards, 16 TDs. Owns school yardage records in rushing (3,302) and kickoff returns (1,091).

Tyler Johnson

Buffalo; 6-0, 160; senior receiver

Instinctive player with football smarts, amazing hands and better-than-expected speed. Set a state record for receiving yards in one game with 345 in a loss to Blaine. Finished with 65 receptions for more than 1,000 yards.

Isaac Ferm

Farmington; 6-3, 190; senior receiver

A matchup nightmare for opposing coaches because he has the size to fend off defenders and the athleticism to run by them. Wins the 50-50 battles. Caught 10 TDs.

Brent Laing

Lakeville North; 6-4, 255; senior lineman

The leader of the quickest offensive line Panthers coach Brian Vossen has had. Relentless and driven. Vossen called him “the hardest working lineman I’ve ever had.”

J.J. Drew

Eden Prairie; 6-6, 310; senior lineman

Sheer size is imposing, allows him to control defensive linemen with his bulk. Heady and smart, committed to Harvard.

Ian Bass

Rosemount; 6-4, 273; junior lineman

Coach Jeff Erdmann called him “our best offensive lineman.” Others agreed, with one opposing coach calling him “gritty and tough.”

Eric Abojei

Robbinsdale Cooper; 6-5, 310; senior lineman

A mauler with a commitment to Minnesota. Plays with a strong base, dominates defenders. Incredibly strong. Said one coach, “We lost our defensive end. I think he’s inside him.”

Ronald Audette

Elk River; 6-4, 305; junior lineman

A lithe athlete with quick feet trapped in a lineman’s body. Had 62 pancake blocks before the state tournament. Also excels on defense.

Brock Boltmann

Edina; 6-1, 197; senior quarterback/defensive back

Possesses exceptionally quick feet, ability to change directions without stopping. Great defensive back, but will play QB at North Dakota. Passed for 1,376 yards, rushed for 543.

all-metro second team


Brandon Alt, Park of Cottage Grove

Zach Ojile, Spring Lake Park

Running backs

Ivan Burlak, Totino-Grace

Ricky Floyd, Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Chase Harper, Blaine

Wide Receiver

Parker Rickert, Edina

Joe Hird, Bloomington Jefferson


Gavin Blomberg, Providence Academy

Aaron Moore, Minnetonka

Nick Neumann, Cretin-Derham Hall

Joshua Ojile, Spring Lake Park

Eric Wilson, Benilde-St. Margaret’s


Mitchell Kartes, St. Michael-Albertville, jr.

Alex Spillum, Chanhassen

*All players are seniors unless noted.

How the teams were chosen

The Star Tribune’s All-Metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.

Previous All-Metro first teams


2013     2014     2015

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