By Bob Sakamoto
Quarterback: Mike Rudolph, Buffalo Grove, 6-3, 190, sr. Passed for almost 2,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, completing 65 percent of his attempts while rushing for three TDs. The leading passer in the Chicago area, he led the Bison to the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Running back: Mike Alstott, Joliet Catholic, 6-1, 210, sr. Perhaps the most powerful rusher in the state, this muscleman who bench presses 330 finished the season with 2,051 yards and 29 TDs on 271 carries for Joliet Catholic`s 5A semifinalists.
Running back: Chris Moore, East St. Louis, 5-10, 190, sr. Averaging nearly a first down each time he touches the ball, and he isn`t finished yet. He leads the Flyers into Saturday`s Class 6A state title game against Glenbard North with 2,069 yards and 28 TDs on 225 carries.
Wide receiver: Eddie Solis, Palatine, 6-3, 190, sr. Elusive, sure-handed and impossible to cover one-on-one, Solis was among the state`s top pass-catchers with 62 receptions for 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 9-2 Pirates.
Wide receiver: Ryan Sylvester, Morris, 6-1, 175, sr. The Chicago area`s No. 1 receiver in yardage with 1,068 on 51 catches with 14 TDs.
Tight end: Damon Jones, Evanston, 6-5, 215, sr. A reliable blocker who also caught 20 passes for 454 yards and scored three touchdowns for the 8-2 Wildkits.
Offensive line: Bryan Jurewicz, Deerfield, 6-6, 252, sr. He was the nucleus of the Warrior offensive and defensive lines and is rated one of the top college prospects in the state.
Offensive line: William Scott, Simeon, 6-5, 290, sr. A devastating blocker, he would pull out at times and obliterate a linebacker. He is also steady as a pass blocker.
Offensive line: Chad Pugh, Oswego, 6-4, 255, sr. When two running backs rush for more than 1,000 yards each, somebody is running some awesome interference. Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Northwestern are pursuing him.
Offensive line: Steve Misetic, Loyola, 6-5, 260, sr. Sidelined by illness for the later rounds of the playoffs, Misetic was nonetheless a major reason why Loyola finished 12-1. The Ramblers` ball-control attack often followed his lead.
Offensive line: Ian Davis, Pekin, 6-6, 265, sr. He lived up to his preseason billing as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country and is attracting the interest of Notre Dame, Colorado, Illinois and Iowa.
Defensive line: Paul Marshall, Naperville North, 6-5, 225, sr. The No. 1 defensive lineman in what`s being acknowledged as the toughest league in the state, the Du Page Valley Conference. Despite being double-teamed, he had more than 80 tackles, including six sacks and six other tackles for losses while blocking two passes, two PAT kicks and one field goal.
Defensive line: Stirling Luckey, Thornton, 6-4, 220, sr. He played everywhere and was a significant force with 109 tackles, 13 sacks, three fumble recoveries while also blocking eight passes and five kicks and recording one safety.
Defensive line: Simeon Rice, Mt. Carmel, 6-5, 223, sr. Perhaps the only defensive lineman in the state to score two touchdowns, both on fumble returns exceeding 35 yards, he also has eight sacks, five passes blocked, three fumble recoveries and three fumbles forced for what may be the best defense in the state.
Defensive line: Jeff Ghere, Bradley-Bourbonnais, 6-2, 240, sr. Anchored the unit primarily responsible for the Boilermakers` 11-1 record. In his most memorable game, he handled second-team All-State lineman Thomas Guynes (6-5, 280) of Kankakee Bishop McNamara.
Linebacker: Bob O`Connor, Richards, 6-2, 227, sr. Voted the No. 1 player in the SICA North, he was a key on what many regard as the finest linebacking unit in the state with 82 tackles and nine sacks.
Linebacker: Chris Koeppen, Richards, 6-1, 225, sr. This two-time All-State selection is the leading tackler in Richards history after the 128 he made this season. He had seven sacks and five interceptions.
Linebacker: Ed Ramos, Homewood-Flossmoor, 5-11, 200, sr. He was everywhere for the 8-2 Vikings. "Probably the best defensive player in the Chicago area," said Andrew coach Mike O`Neill. "Even our kids were a little in awe of him."
Linebacker: Matt Russell, Belleville East, 6-2, 230, sr. Clemson, USC, Pitt and Illinois are recruiting this big hitter who registered 110 tackles in only the first seven games with four sacks, three fumble recoveries, one interception, four blocked extra-point kicks and one blocked field goal.
Defensive back: Mike McKibben, 6-1, 190, Andrew. This ferocious hitter set the tone for the 12-1 Thunderbolts` defense. He intercepted six passes and returned two for touchdowns this season and has 13 pickoffs in two years, three for TDs.
Defensive back: Jamie Baisley, Loyola, 6-3, 205, sr. The leader of what many consider the hardest-hitting secondary in the state, he had well over 100 tackles along with three fumble recoveries and three interceptions for the 12-1 Ramblers.
Defensive back: Tim Miller, Glenbard North, 6-3, 187, sr. Also the Panthers` quarterback, he is the big-play specialist that has led his team to its first title game-Saturday`s Class 6A clash with East St. Louis.
Placekicker: Greg Janacek, Glenbard West, 6-0, 175, jr. He made seven field goals-one from 44 yards-and was 30 for 32 on extra points.
Punter: Craig Shelton, Warren, 6-1, 185, sr. Also the quarterback who led his team to the 5A quarterfinals, he averaged 43 yards a punt this fall.
QB-Mike McGrew, Mt. Carmel, 6-1, 182, sr. RB-Tony Mondragon, Immaculate Conception, 5-11, 212, sr.; Joel Dant, Stevenson, 6-1, 190, sr. WR-Jim Mirabelli, Buffalo Grove 5-9, 165, sr.; Brian Schindler, Rockford East, 5-10, 190, sr. TE-Dennis Stallings, East St. Louis, 6-1, 218, sr. OL-Mike Klutcharch, Oak Lawn, 6-1, 230, sr.; Jim Stiebel, Belleville Althoff, 6-4 1/2, 242, sr.; Derrick Eldridge, East St. Louis, 5-8, 255, sr.; Kevin Peterson, Lockport, 6-4, 255, sr.; Thomas Guynes, Kankakee Bishop McNamara, 6-5, 280, sr.
DL-Craig Williams, Glenbard West, 6-4, 210, sr.; Carlos Profit, Bloomington, 6-0, 230, sr.; Larry Curry, Granite City, 6-4, 240, sr.; Chris Basile, Joliet Catholic, 6-1, 220, sr. LB-Renaldo Wynn, De La Salle, 6-3, 220, sr.; Doug Kester, Waubonsie Valley, 6-4, 200, sr.; Alex Gray, Evanston, 6-3, 235, sr. DB-Bill Randles, Oswego, 6-0, 175, sr.; Don Veronesi, Mt. Carmel, 6-2, 190, sr.; P.J. Becker, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, 6-2, 200, sr.; Bill Marinangel, McHenry, 6-2, 200, sr.
QB-McGrew, Mt. Carmel; Peter Patton, Loyola, 6-1, 195, sr.; Rudolph, Buffalo Grove. RB-Alstott, Joliet Catholic; Adam Clemens, Wheaton Central, 5-6, 150, sr.; Dant, Stevenson; Mondragon, Immaculate Conception; Jeff Swift, Hinsdale South, 6-1, 175, sr. WR/TE-Jones, Evanston; Greg Keigher, Providence, 5-9, 165, sr.; Mirabelli, Buffalo Grove; Solis, Palatine; Sylvester, Morris; OL-Jurewicz, Deerfield; Steve Halvorson, St. Charles, 6-5, 225, sr.; Klutcharch, Oak Lawn; Misetic, Loyola; Todd O`Dell, Providence, 5-11, 251, sr.; Peterson, Lockport; Pugh, Oswego; Harley Roesler, Providence, 6-3, 255, sr.; Scott, Simeon. Placekicker-Janacek, Glenbard West. Punter-Shelton, Warren.
DL-Basile, Joliet Catholic; Ghere, Bradley-Bourbonnais; Luckey, Thornton; Rice, Mt. Carmel; Marshall, Naperville North; John Rohde, Yorkville, 6-6, 312, sr.; Williams, Glenbard West. LB-John Coleman, Lincoln-Way, 6-3, 220, sr.; Gray, Evanston; Kester, Waubonsie Valley; Koeppen, Richards; O`Connor, Richards; Ramos, Homewood-Flossmoor; Wynn, De La Salle. DB-Baisley, Loyola; Damion Henderson, Robeson, 6-0, 195, sr.; Marinangel, McHenry; McKibben, Andrew; Miller, Glenbard North; Randles, Oswego; Ray Schnurstein, Wheaton Central, 5-8, 175, sr.; Veronesi, Mt. Carmel.