DL Dylan Carroll
Finished with 96 tackles, including 11 for losses, and five sacks to anchor a stifling Division 5 state champion Raiders’ defense that allowed just more than 13 points per game.
DL Ben Bedard
Grand Ledge senior
Had 60 tackles, including 10 for losses, and also tallied five sacks for the CAAC Blue runner-up Comets. Earned special mention all-state honors on the Division 1-2 team.
DL Brann Schmitt
Carson City-Crystal senior
Racked up 73 tackles and 19 sacks en route to the Division 7-8 all-state team. Helped the MSAC runner-up Eagles to their first playoff appearance since 1999.
LB James Mills
(See LSJ defensive player of the year story.)
LB Jimmie Melton
Had 172 tackles and helped the CAAC Red champion Panthers to the Division 3 state semifinals. Special mention on the Division 3-4 all-state team.
LB Tyler Koenigsknecht
One of better two-way players in the mid-Michigan area, Koenigsknecht had 102 tackles, including 14 for losses, and one sack while running for 1,307 yards and 11 TDs to earn Division 7-8 all-state honors as a running back for CMAC champion Eagles.
LB Joe Wilson
Had 82 tackles, four sacks, five fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, an interception and a blocked kick in just eight games for the Pirates (since one win came by forfeit) and finished with 476 tackles for his career. Also a Division 7-8 all-state honorable mention pick.
DB Jaleel Canty
Cincinnati-bound defensive back led a turnaround at Everett as the CAAC Blue champion Vikings finished their regular season 9-0. On offense, averaged almost 16 yards per catch and had four TDs en route to the Division 1-2 all-state team as a receiver.
DB Cha’Quan Love
Combined with Canty on the outside for the CAAC Blue champion Vikings defense that gave up 7.4 points per game. Had five interceptions, including a 100-yard return for a touchdown, and was Division 1-2 all-state special mention.
DB Javon Haines
East Lansing senior
Had four interceptions, including two returned for TDs for the Trojans. Caught 44 passes for 696 yards and eight TDs on offense and was named to the Division 1-2 all-state team as a receiver.
DB Jordan Hessbrook
Had 55 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass breakups and one fumble caused to earn a spot on the Division 5-6 all-state team. Helped the TVC West champion Yellowjackets to a third straight Division 6 state title.
P Marcus Prigge
Division 5-6 all-state selection averaged 38 yards per punt with five punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Accumulated 34 tackles in four games when inserted on the Panthers’ defense late in season.