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January 15, 2002

The Riddell Footwear All-American Team

 

Top players, coaches named to Riddell Footwear All-American Football Team

The best high school football players and coaches from throughout the country have been named to the 2001 Riddell Footwear All-American Football Team. The 22-member team as well as six regional coaches and one national coach of the year represent an elite group of players and coaches from throughout the nation.

“Riddell Footwear is proud to sponsor this team which recognizes the best of the best in high school football. The heritage of Riddell Footwear is in football, so our association with the team is very fitting and gratifying,” said Chip Walther, national sales manager at Riddell Footwear.

Nominations for the team were made by position bi-weekly throughout the football season, and were found along with in-depth profiles about each candidate on both RivalsHigh.com and Rivals100.com. After careful evaluation, the final selections were announced this week. 

“The players were chosen based not only on athletic ability and performance, but also on their hard work and dedication to become the best football players they can be,” said Bobby Burton, director of network development for Rivals.com. “This is obviously a tremendous honor for these young people. To be picked from tens of thousands to be one of an elite group of 22 is an awesome achievement.

“In evaluating the nation’s best coaches, we were looking for those that either have a long tradition of success or who really did something special with their team this year. We think the six coaches selected epitomize what is good about high school coaching today.”


Offense selections

Quarterback - Vincent Young, Houston (Texas) Madison High School

Running Back – Lorenzo Booker Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure High School

Running Back – Gerald Riggs Jr. Chattanooga (Tenn.) Red Bank High School

Wide Receiver – Ryan Moore Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High School

Wide Receiver – Rhema McKnight LaPalma (Calif.) Kennedy High School

Tight End – Curtis Justus Perry (Okla.) High School

Offensive Line – Derek Landri Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School

Offensive Line – Brandon Jeffries Shelby (N.C.) Crest High School

Offensive Line – Derek Morris Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg High School

Offensive Line – Kyle Williams Dallas (Texas) Highland Park High School

Offensive  Line – Mike Kolodziej Joliet (Ill.) Catholic High School


Defense selections

Defensive Line – Haloti Ngata Salt Lake City (Utah) Highlands High School

Defensive Line – Tamba Hali Teaneck (N.J.) High School

Defensive Line – Rodrique Wright Alief (Texas) Hastings High School

Defensive Line – Julian Jenkins College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy

Linebacker – Mike D’Andrea Avon Lake (Ohio) High School

Linebacker – Nate Harris Miami (Fla.) Edison High School

Linebacker – Ricardo Harley Greenwood (S.C.) High School

Defensive Back – Leon Washington Jacksonville (Fla.) Jackson High School

Defensive Back – Chris Davis St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic High School

Defensive Back – Darnell Bing Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School

Defensive Back – Darren Williams Clarksdale (Miss.) High School


Riddell Footwear Regional Football Coaches of the Year

South – Dean Boyd, Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County High School

Southwest – Alan Trimble – Jenks (Okla.) High School

Atlantic – Butch Simpson – Newark (Dela.) High School

East – Mark Schmidt – Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy High School

Midwest – Jim Lemen – St. Louis John Burroughs High School

West – Bob Ladouceur – Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School 


National Coach of the Year

Bob Ladouceur – Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School

For more on the coaches, please follow this link to the coach bios.


For more information, contact: Bobby Burton at (713) 880-0452 or Chip Walther at (314) 432-7171.



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