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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
• Brandon Alt, Park of Cottage Grove
• Zach Ojile, Spring Lake Park
• Ivan Burlak, Totino-Grace
• Ricky Floyd, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
• Chase Harper, Blaine
• 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.
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.
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