Preseason All-Lake Team: Big School Defense

First Team
DL Kenneth Finley 6-3 270 Sr Muskegon Western Michigan

BCS talent but headed only as far South as Kalamazoo. Strongman in the pits who gets to the QB and on top of loose balls. He may do some moonlighting at tight end.

DL Jacob Howe 6-2 240 Sr Forest Hills Northern
Not out of bounds that he could have a 100-tackle, 10 TD season. And break his own school punting records for fun.

DL Zach Evans 6-2 240 Sr Kenowa Hills
He’s underrated because he doesn’t shine in a combine situation. But put the pads on Evans, and he’s making plays all up and down the line.

DL Brandon Hutson 6-2 240 Sr Big Rapids
Doesn’t just share a barber with Jacob Howe, but plays like him. One of the Lake Area’s top sleepers/fastest rising recruits. The GLIAC will be all over Hutson once they see some senior film of the healthy, trimmer senior version.

LB Will Hunt 5-11 225 Sr Muskegon
He was the leading tackler for state runner-up Muskegon. True to his name. You don’t want to be Hunt-ed. An any-era linebacker who delivers a load.

LB Brent Showers 5-10 225 Sr Rockford
Not many athletes can play three sports at a high level, let alone do it for a Class A behemoth like Rockford. Showers does, football, wrestling, baseball. Wrestling’s all hard, and in the other two Showers goes out of his way to do the dirty work, as an inside linebacker then catcher in the spring. His best college chance is likely behind the plate, there’s still one more big football season left in him after his 120-tackle junior campaign.

LB Carter Masek 6-3 220 Jr East Grand Rapids
Terrific size for the position at his age, and plays with a physical intent. Four-sack soph season. Too talented to leave a legacy other than last year’s EGR playoff absence an anomalous outlier way back in the 10th grade. Already receiving widespread MAC interest, with an offer from WMU.

LB Paul Brown 6-0 210 Sr Grand Rapids Union
Union is often over-matched in the O-K Black. But Brown’s talent shines against the likes of Muskegon and Zeeland East. A one-man gang who gets some gaudy numbers.

DB Danil Young 5-10 168 Jr Grandville
He already has an impressive resume, starting as an underclassman in the O-K Red and impressing at both regional and national camps. But the real good stuff is to come, as Young will be challenging QBs to throw his way for the next two seasons. True cover corner who as of now is more quick than blazing fast.

DB Deshuan Thrower 5-11 200 Sr Muskegon
Muskegon’s suspect defensive backfield became much firmer when Thrower was back healthy from a broken foot for the playoff run. His QB heroics almost salvaged an epic OT D2 championship game from Brother Rice. Tough, risk-taking, team-first athlete who already has D1 offers in basketball.

DB Kyler Shurlow 6-1 195 Sr Lowell
Was moved to QB for last years playoffs. He was already a playmaker in the defensive backfield, with a two INT game in the books. Great athlete who tested well across the board in off-season events.

Second Team
DL Chris Hendricks 6-5 265 Sr Fruitport
DL Todd Postma 6-4 240 Sr Grand Rapids South Christian
DL Jeremy Stygstra 6-2 250 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
DL Juwan Jarnegan 6-0 220 Jr Grand Rapids Christian
LB Qi’ante Ewing 6-2 215 Jr Grand Rapids Christian
LB Randy Garvin 6-1 212 Sr Rockford
LB Jacob Kaczynski 6-4 230 Sr Ludington
DB Riley Bell 6-0 165 Sr Portage Northern
DB Wyatt Batdorff 5-11 180 Sr Forest Hills Northern
DB Isaak Newhouse 6-0 185 Sr Grand Haven
DB Cody Schneider 6-1 180 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores


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