Photos, statistics and coaches' comments on the 2010 all-stars. ()
Photos, statistics and coaches' comments on the 2010 all-stars. ()
Alex Moya, RB, Ansbach, Sr., 5-8, 161; 735 yards, 11 TDs. Coach's comment: ''Most of his yardage was made by his open-field running.'' ()
Matt Jones, LB, Ansbach, Sr., 5-11, 181; 57 tackles, 8 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Physical core of our defense and one of keys to our conference championship.'' ()
Stephen Clark, DB, ISB, Sr., 5-10, 160; 5 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries. Coach's comment: ''Excelled all year ... and shut down other team’s passing offense.'' ()
Chris Feyjoo-Sanchez, receiver, Hohenfels, Sr., 6-2, 165; 120 yards after catch, returned kickoffs and punts. Coach's comment: ''filled void for a play-maker'' on offense. ()
Derrick Flake, receiver, Ansbach, Jr., 5-10, 155; 470 yards, 10 TDs. Coach's comment: ''An explosive part of an offense that averaged close to 40 points a game.'' ()
Kerey Kuheana, LB, Alconbury, Jr., 6-0, 195; 104 tackles, 3 interceptions. Coach's comment: ''He was everywhere on the field.'' ()
J.D. Pollock, DB, AFNORTH, Jr., 5-9, 180; 23 tackles, 5 INTs, 2 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Great speed and football knowledge.'' ()
Michael Taylor, DL, ISB, Sr., 5-9, 190; 61 tackles, 4 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Gave 100 percent every play ... consistently giving opposing coaches headaches.'' ()
Chase Boone, receiver, Heidelberg, Sr., 6-1, 165; 11 receptions for 255 yards and 3 TDs. Coach's comment: ''Threat to de-cleat defensive players with his blocking ...'' ()
Wayne Dawkins, LB, Heidelberg, Jr., 5-8, 180; D-I title game defensive MVP, 49 tackles. Coach's comment: ''Player who made our defensive schemes come to life.'' ()
Aaron Garrison, RB, Mannheim, So., 5-7, 145; 885 rushing yards, 16 TDs. Coach's comment: ''Explosive runner who can score from anywhere on the field.'' ()
Andrew Grotelueschen, DB, Ramstein, Sr., 5-11, 165; averaged 4 tackles per game, 2 INTs. Coach's comment: ''Blue collar … not flashy but a dependable presence.'' ()
Daniel Harris Jr., RB, Wiesbaden, Jr., 6-0, 190; 1,416 yards, 18 TDs; team MVP. Coach's comment: ''In top two running backs in Europe.'' ()
Javonte Knuckles, RB, Bamberg, Sr., 5-11, 165; 913 rushing yards, 7 TDs, team MVP. Coach's comment: ''A solid player, strong runner … hard to take down.'' ()
Da'Von Loney, DL, Heidelberg, Sr., 6-0, 185; 39 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries. Coach's comment: ''Gave defense a big push ... by shoring up his side of the line.'' ()
Devon Meachum, OL, Heidelberg, Sr., 6-3, 230; all-conference, school lineman award winner. Coach's comment: ''Rated top OL for this season.'' ()
Xavier Moore, LB, Heidelberg, Sr., 5-9, 175; 58 tackles, Heidelberg Defensive MVP. Coach's comment: ''3-year starter.'' ()
Nicholas Nixon, RB, Ramstein, Sr., 5-2, 175; 633 rushing yards, 3 TDs, team MVP. Coach's comment: ''The engine that made our team go!'' ()
Erik Passi, OL, Bamberg, Sr., 6-4, 265; Bamberg lineman of the year. Coach's comment: ''Ran behind him a majority of the time … great leverage, great strength.'' ()
TJ Propp, LB, Ansbach, Jr., 5-10, 190; 52 tackles, 5 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Key member of our defense … physical and tough.'' ()
Ryan Reagin, QB, Wiesbaden, Sr., 6-0, 172; 781 yards, 11 TDs. Coach's comment: ''Solid QB… threw two tremendous passes'' in D-I final for tie, and OT lead. ()
Eric Stouter, receiver, Wiesbaden, Sr., 6-2, 200; 9 recpts for 219 yards, 3 TDs. Coach's comment: "Best tight end I have coached … tremendous hands, excellent blocker.'' ()
Bronzen Williams, OL, Heidelberg, Sr., 5-7 180; all conference. Coach's comment: ''Our only returning All-Europe player from last year.'' ()
Young Min Oh, DL, Ramstein, Jr., 6-2, 195; 41 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 4 blocked kicks. Coach's comment: ''Quick off the ball and has knack for finding it.'' ()
Heidelberg' Chris Cuthbert looks for a hole in the Wiesbaden defense in a game against the Warriors on Oct. 9. Cuthbert was one of ten Lions to be named to the 2010 DODDS All-Europe football squad. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Heidelberg's Sterling Jones looks back for Wiesbaden defenders as he rushes for a touchdown in a game on Oct. 9. Jones was one of 10 Lions named to the 2010 DODDS All-Europe football team. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Kurtis Beeson, OL, Mannheim, Sr., 6-1, 210; all-conference offense and defense line. Coach's comment: ''Neutralized much larger linemen to allow us to run inside.'' ()
Darian Billups, OL, Bitburg, Jr., 6-0, 275; 9 pancakes per game. Coach's comment: On ''offensive line that blocked for over 2,500 yards rushing.'' ()
Fernando Carvalho, LB, Filton, Sr., 6-0, 182; 70 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 forced fumbles. Coach's comment: ''Our hardest-hitting player ... set the tone for us on defense.'' ()
Chris Cuthbert, RB, Heidelberg, Sr., 6-0, 205; 991 rushing yards, 13 TDs, 7.4 yards per carry. Coach's comment: ''The best football player in Europe.'' ()
Jordan Eaton, Athlete, Filton, Sr., 6-1, 210; (QB, RB, punter, kick returns); 6 passing TDs, 10 rushing TDs, 2 kickoff returns for TD. ()
Kyle Edgar, RB, Bitburg, So., 6-0, 170; 907 rushing yards, 11 TDs. Coach's comment: ''Fast, strong and smart … leading running back in multiple back rotation.'' ()
Austin Flanagan, DL, Sigonella, So., 6-4, 230; 35 tackles, 10 assisted tackles, 4 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Very coachable … can definitely play at next level.'' ()
Kevin Gray, QB, Heidelberg, Jr., 5-11, 170; 54.2%, 544 passing yards, 8 TD. Coach's comment: ''Displayed type of leadership needed for an undefeated season.'' ()
Kenyatta Hill, DL, Wiesbaden, Sr.,6-2, 180; 43 tackles, 8 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Great speed rusher against passing teams … excellent overall athlete.'' ()
Josh Holan, LB, Heidelberg, Sr., 6-0, 180; 79 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs. Coach's comment: ''Nose for the football and played sideline to sideline …'' ()
Gary Horn, OL, Bitburg, Sr., 6-2, 210; 8 pancakes per game, captain. Coach's comment: ''One of our wide bodies on offense.'' ()
Jacob Lankford, LB, Mannheim, Jr., 5-9, 170; 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 blocked punts. Coach's comment: ''Terrorized opposing quarterbacks ...'' ()
Jeff Lastrella, RB, Sigonella, Jr., 5-10, 170; 4 TDs, 6.3 yards per carry. Coach's comment: ''If we need a first down, this is the player we hand the ball to.'' ()
Pat Less, kicker, Bitburg, Sr., 5-11, 190; 29 of 31 PATs, averaged 48.4 yards per kickoff. Coach's comment: ''Regularly kicked the ball into the end zone.'' ()
Erick Matos, DB, Bitburg, Sr., 5-9, 150; 9 pass breakups, 4 INTs, 2 forced fumbles. Coach's comment: ''When we needed tight coveraage ... he was our man.'' ()
Zach Nichols, LB, Bitburg, Jr., 5-10, 185; 20 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 INTs. Coach's comment: ''Main part of a defense that allowed an average of 7 ppg.'' ()
Drew Polson, DB, Wiesbaden, Sr., 5-7, 140; 39 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 INTs. Coach's comment: ''Pound for pound the best football player I have had.'' ()
Shane Prosser, OL, Filton, Sr.; 6-0, 210; all-conference, team captain. Coach's comment: ''The best offensive lineman I have seen all year.'' ()
Austin Schmidt, DL, Bitburg, Jr., 6-0, 190; 3 sacks, 1 blocked punt. Coach's comment: ''Fast, strong and smart … made it so teams could not run outside.'' ()
Adam Smith, OL, Bitburg, Sr., 6-3, 310; 11 pancakes per game, captain. Coach's comment: ''Big, quick, strong … dominant player on offense.'' ()
Kalyn Smithson, DL, Vilseck, Sr., 6-0, 205; 37 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 forced fumbles. Coach's comment: "One of hardest hitters on defense … valuable playmaker.'' ()
Robert West, DL, Baumholder, Jr., 6-2, 240; 12 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 3 sacks. Coach's comment: ''Played nearly every down this season.'' ()
Sterling Jones, RB, Heidelberg, Sr., 5-10, 178; 1,329 rushing yards, 20 TDs. Coach's comment: ''Yards after contact made him a threat to score'' from anywhere. ()
High school all-star teams often involve a mix of reality and fantasy.
This year in Europe, 25 schools played in three divisions. No school officially played any other from a different division. And some of the schools that did play each other — Menwith Hill in England, and Sigonella in Sicily, for instance — are almost 2,000 miles apart. Not exactly an easy scouting trip.
So how does one determine the top players across Europe (and across all three divisions)? A group of six coaches and DODDS-Europe Athletic Director Karen Seadore figured out a method, coming up with 48 players who were selected as All-Europe.
“It’s so hard to objectively evaluate players between divisions,” said Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell, who was on the panel.
Some players were obvious choices.
Wiesbaden’s Daniel Harris Jr. piled up 1,416 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead the continent in rushing. Heidelberg’s Sterling Jones totaled 1,329 yards with 20 touchdowns. Four others had at least 850 yards. A total of nine running backs were selected to the team — more than twice as many as could be put on the field at one time.
Twenty-four players on each side of the ball might seem like a lot, Jewell said, but it is not all-inclusive.
“Unfortunately, there’s always room to say, ‘This player should have made it,’ ” he said.
Unlike recent years, not a single player made the team on both offense and defense. Seven players performed that feat last year, but Jewell said the panel decided to set the bar higher.
“You can still do it, but it’s going to take a very special athlete,” he said.
Having no two-way starters opens up the possibility of having the offense take on the defense in a special all-star contest. While finances and scheduling conflicts make such a game very unlikely, what might it look like on paper?
The advantage would appear this year to go to the offense, led by a dominant line and a little more experience across the board. Eighteen seniors, four juniors and two sophomores were selected on offense, compared to 14 seniors, nine juniors and one sophomore on defense.
More telling, though, could be the difference on the lines. The eight offensive linemen averaged 236 pounds — more than 40 pounds heavier on average than the nine selected to the defensive line. The O-line is anchored by the Bitburg trio of Adam Smith (6-foot-3, 310 pounds), Darian Billups (6-0, 275) and Gary Horn (6-2, 210). The three opened holes for a running back by committee that had 2,500 yards on the way to a Division II title. Smith, Billups and Heidelberg’s Bronzen Williams were named to the team for the second straight year, joining Harris and Ansbach running back Alex Moya as repeat selections.
Opposing them would be a D-line and linebacking corps that would have to rely on speed to get around the massive wall of blockers. Alconbury’s Kerey Kuheana, credited with 104 tackles as a junior linebacker, might actually be even better if he wasn’t also using up energy on offense as a running back. He’s one of three returners on defense, along with Ansbach’s Matt Jones (57 tackles, eight sacks) and Vilseck’s Kalyn Smithson (37 tackles, nine for loss). They’d be joined by a host of players who led their teams in tackles, including Heidelberg’s Josh Holan (79), Filton’s Fernando Carvahlo (70) and International School of Brussels’ Michael Taylor (61).
The strategy might be to bring more players up to the line of scrimmage and force quarterbacks Ryan Reagin of Wiesbaden and Kevin Gray of Heidelberg to pass. After all, neither attempted 70 passes this season. But Jewell said that doesn’t mean that they can’t pass. Each had excellent touchdown to interception ratios — 8-to-1 for Gray and 11-to-2 for Reagin — and they’d be throwing to four receivers who are top athletes and have a couple of inches in height over their All-Europe counterparts at defensive back.
“It would be a great game,” Jewell said. “I’d love to see how it turned out.”
Instead, fans will have to wait until next fall to see most of those on the All-Europe team suit up again (at least in football) and many of them won’t be playing one another. Thirty-two are seniors — many with plans to play for various levels of college programs — leaving 16 incumbents to battle it out with hundreds of others for a chance to be named All-Europe 2011.
Selection panel: Karen Seadore, DODDS-Europe athletic coordinator; Matt McKown, Sigonella; Peter Resnick, Menwith Hill; Marcus George, Ansbach; Mike Laue, Bitburg; Carlos Amponin, Ramstein; Steve Jewell, Wiesbaden
The 2010 All-Europe team(For more about the players, go to the photo gallery above)
Shane Prosser, Filton Adam Smith, Bitburg Darian Billups, Bitburg Gary Horn, Bitburg Bronzen Williams, Heidelberg Devon Meachum, Heidelberg Erik Passi, Bamberg Kurtis Beeson, Mannheim
Kevin Gray, Heidelberg Ryan Reagin, Wiesbaden
Chris Cuthbert, Heidelberg Sterling Jones, Heidelberg Daniel Harris Jr., Wiesbaden Alex Moya, Ansbach Kyle Edgar, Bitburg Aaron Garrison, Mannheim Javonte Knuckles, Bamberg Jeff Lastrella, Sigonella Nicholas Nixon, Ramstein
Chris Feyjoo-Sanchez, Hohenfels Chase Boone, rHeidelberg Eric Stouter, Wiesbaden Derrick Flake, Ansbach
Jordan Eaton, Filton
Pat Less, Bitburg
Kenyatta Hill, Wiesbaden Austin Schmidt, Bitburg Michael Taylor, ISB Austin Flanagan, Sigonella Robert West, Baumholder Young Min Oh, Ramstein Dennis Thomas, Vilseck Kalyn Smithson, Vilseck Da’Von Loney, Heidelberg
Jacob Lankford, Mannheim TJ Propp, Ansbach Josh Holan, Heidelberg Xavier Moore, Heidelberg Fernando Carvalho, Filton Zach Nichols, Bitburg Matt Jones, Ansbach Wayne Dawkins, Heidelberg Kerey Kuheana, Alconbury
J.D. Pollock, AFNORTH Erick Matos, Bitburg Andrew Grotelueschen, Ramstein Drew Polson, Wiesbaden Stephen Clark, ISB