River Valley and Ozarks preseason team
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Niche Publications
August 24, 2008
QB - Kendall Pinkney from Dardanelle
Pinkney accounted for nearly 30 touchdowns last year for the Sand Lizards, and he'll bring his double-threat ability to the table again in 2008.
RB - Aaron Oade from Vilonia
Oade is a touchdown machine, accounting for 22 scores last season (19 rushing, three receiving). If there ever could be a feature back in the Double Wing, Oade's it.
RB - Brandon Hudson from Pulaski Oak Grove
Hudson ran for more than 1,300 yards last season for the Hornets, and he'll be a big part of the offense again this year.
WR - Anthony Frizzell from CAC
Frizzell will try to replace the production of graduated standout Ryan Farr. His size, strength and speed should help him do that.
WR - Jason Hall from Greenbrier
First-year head coach Randy Tribble doesn't dish out a lot of high praise, but he said Hall is a player "we've got to get the ball to."
TE - Heath Riggins from Vilonia
Riggins (6-2, 260) will be a key passing threat when the Eagles break into the Spread, and in the Double Wing he'll be a key blocker.
G - Jacob Gates from Danville
Gates, along with fellow junior Eddie Marquillo, has a bright future. Head coach D.J. Crane said the pair have a chance to be "two of the better offensive linemen in the state."
T - Stephen Russell from CAC
Russell (6-5, 280) is a monster in the Mustangs' offensive attack. Few would be surprised to see him play at the next level.
C - Christopher Alberson from Perryville
Alberson (6-0, 278) will anchor the line for the Mustangs. Head coach Jimmy Clayton called him "the team's best all-around athlete."
T - Tyler Stauch from Vilonia
Stouch (6-5, 280) is already fielding scholarship offers from several Division I schools and is the biggest player on the Eagles' impressive line.
G - Cody Nash from Vilonia
Nash (5-11, 230) will be part of an offensive line that should dominate most opponents.
DE - Trent Leslie from Russellville
Leslie (6-3, 255) is the lone returning starter on the Cyclones defensive line, and head coach Jeff Holt will look to him to lead the younger players and to make plays.
DT - Zach Sanders from Conway
Sanders (6-4, 265) will try to give the Wampus Cats a shot in the arm by plugging up the middle.
DT - Drew Davis from Dardanelle
Davis (6-0, 270) is a big cog in a tremendously talented Sand Lizard defense.
DE - Cody Colburn from Atkins
Colburn (5-10, 185) was described by head coach Charlie Sorrells as "having a nose for the ball." The senior led the team in tackles last year before an injury cut his season short.
LB - Ryan Garrison from Dardanelle
Garrison (5-7, 205) was an all-conference selection last year and will lead a swarming Dardanelle defense in 2008.
LB - Hilton Hoover from Heber Springs
Hoover (5-11, 170) will look to use his speed to anchor the Panthers' defense. "He's got a great motor," head coach Steve Janski said.
LB - Jasper Lee from CAC
Lee (5-10, 190) is considered one of the best linebackers in the state this year and will also be the Mustangs' feature running back.
DB - Cody Reese from CAC
Head coach Tommy Shoemaker said Reese (5-11, 185) is the team's all-around best defensive back. He'll look to shut down receivers from his corner position in CAC's new conference, the 5A West.
DB - Devin Foster from Mayflower
Foster (5-7, 155) will be called upon by the Eagles to cover opposing teams' best receiver.
DB - Greg Stivers from Perryville
Though he's known best for being the Mustangs' starting quarterback, Stivers (5-9, 175) plays a mean corner.
DB - Keegan McPherson from Heber Springs
McPherson (6-1, 170) is one of the fastest players on the Panthers roster, and head coach Steve Janski said he's got the tools to stay with any receiver in the league.