2015 ALL-USA Connecticut Football Team

2015 ALL-USA Connecticut Football Team

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2015 ALL-USA Connecticut Football Team

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USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Connecticut Football Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.

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COACH OF THE YEAR: Rob Trifone, Darien

After harrowing defeats in back-to-back state championship games, Darien came through this year and won the Class LL title. Trifone’s squad scored plenty of points this fall, but the defense was the story in the playoffs. The unit averaged 11 points against for the season but held each of its playoff opponents to just seven points.

OFFENSE

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Wright, Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford)

Wright accounted for 1,315 total yards and 18 touchdowns as a receiver and running back to lead Kingswood Oxford to a 7-1 season and a win in the NEPSAC’s Mike Atkins Bowl. The numbers might not seem eye-popping until you realize Kingswood Oxford played just eight games on the season. A Rutgers recruit, Wright averaged 15.1 yards per carry and 27.9 yards per catch and piled up 164 total yards per game.

First Team

QB Tim Graham (6-4, 190, Sr.), Darien

RB Tajik Bagley (5-11, 185, Sr.), Ansonia

RB Mike Montano (6-0, 190, Sr.), North Haven

WR Tarik Black (6-3, 200, Jr.), Cheshire Academy  (Cheshire)

WR Isaiah Wright (6-1, 215, Sr.), Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford)

TE Scooter Harrington (6-5, 240, Sr.), Greenwich

OL Keith Coleman (6-3, 325, Sr.), Suffield Academy (Suffield)

OL Kevin Lawrence (6-3, 300, Sr.), Xavier (Middletown)

OL Lucas Niang (6-5, 305, Sr.), New Canaan

OL Jackson Ward (6-3, 285, Sr.), Staples (Westport)

OL Matt Zelanin (6-4, 295, Sr.), Shelton

Second Team

QB Mike Collins (6-5, 215, Sr.), New Canaan

RB Bennie Fulse (5-10, 195, Sr.), Windsor

RB Zach Tripodi (5-10, 185, Sr.), New Fairfield

WR Kyle Smith (6-3, 220, Sr.), New Canaan

WR Austin Morin (6-0, 180, Sr.), Southington

TE Jeremy Imperati (6-2, 220, Sr.), North Haven

OL Josh Angel (6-1, 295, Sr.), Killingly

OL Byron Dickens (6-1, 305, Jr.), West Haven

OL Connor Mignone (6-3, 300, Sr.), Barlow (Redding)

OL Matt Murchison (6-4, 305, Sr.), Hamden Hall (Hamden)

OL Samuel Vretman (6-5, 280, Jr.), Cheshire Academy (Cheshire)

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mark Evanchick, Darien

Evanchick made his home in the opponents’ backfield this fall, piling up 23.5 sacks and 39 tackles-for-loss to lead Darien to the Class LL state championship. He finished his career with 65.5 sacks to set a new Connecticut record, surpassing the previous mark of 60 set by NFL All-Pro Dwight Freeney while playing at Bloomfield in the mid-90s.

First Team

DL Mark Evanchick (6-0, 238, Sr.), Darien

DL Jake Hescock (6-7, 240, Sr.), Salisbury School (Salisbury)

DL Kahari Scarlett (6-2, 230, Sr.), Bloomfield

DL Nick Seis (6-1, 200, Sr.), Brookfield

LB Bob Drysdale (6-1, 210, Sr.), Brookfield

LB Jacob Morgenstern (6-3, 210, Sr.), St. Luke’s (New Canaan)

LB Koby Quansah (6-1, 215, Sr.), Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford)

DB Tyler Coyle (6-1,190, Sr.), Windsor

DB Keyion Dixon (6-3, 180, Sr.), Glastonbury

DB Tahj Herring (6-1, 190, Sr.) Suffield Academy (Suffield)

DB C.J. Holmes (6-0, 190, Jr.), Cheshire Academy (Cheshire)

Second Team

DL Joe Capodagli (6-2, 205, Sr.), Masuk (Monroe)

DL Tannor Daggett (5-11, 265, Sr.), Ledyard

DL Andrew Stueber, (6-6, 310, Jr.), Darien

DL Justice Taylor (6-2, 285, Sr.), Cromwell

LB Justin Brown (5-10, 205, Jr.), St. Luke’s (New Canaan)

LB Ben Mason (6-3, 230, Jr.), Newtown (Sandy Hook)

LB Richard Williams (5-11, 205, Sr.), Wethersfield

DB Tyler Burns (5-11, 180, Sr.), Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford)

DB Isaiah Huff (5-9, 170, Sr.), Windsor

DB Brandon Sebastian (6-1, 180, Jr.), Cheshire Academy (Cheshire)

DB Bobby Trifone (6-0, 170, Sr.), Darien

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Peter Swindell (6-2, 195, Sr.), New Canaan

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