McKeesport Daily News Dynamic 33
Heading into the season, there were a few players that automatically could have been penned onto the 2012 Daily News Dynamic 33 Team. Then, as seems to happen every year, there were some surprises. Players who weren't expected to contribute until next year came along faster than expected and blossomed into good players. Except this year was different. Players didn't just fill starting roles — they thrived. Some who had no expectations put up some of the greatest seasons in their school's history and received a few postseason accolades as a reward. Here's another accolade: The top 33 players in the Daily News coverage area:
Robert Boatright, Clairton
Senior, FB/LB, 5-10, 170
An all-state selection, Boatright was one of the best tacklers for the Bears. ... Came up with three sacks in the WPIAL championship game against Sto-Rox. ... Also had the team's only sack in the state finals against Dunmore. ... Caught a touchdown pass, had a return for a score and had three two-point conversions.
Tyler Boyd, Clairton
Senior, RB/FS, 6-2, 175
Named state's Class A Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. ... Finished his career with a WPIAL-record 117 touchdowns and moved into fifth place on the all-time District 7 list with 5,755 yards. ... Scored 51 touchdowns for a total of 98 in his final two years. ... Will be the first Clairton player to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5.
Dyran Davenport, Clairton
Senior, OL/DL, 5-10, 205
Not one of the biggest players, but he's a powerful blocker who was able to open huge holes for the Bears' rushing attack. ... Consistently harried opposing quarterbacks and came up with several big plays during the playoffs.
Armani Ford, Clairton
Senior, QB, 5-10, 165
In his first year as the starter, he finished eighth in the WPIAL with 2,008 yards, tossing 25 touchdowns. ... Often overshadowed by some of the other weapons on the Bears offense, he came up big in the state championship game with two touchdowns — one rushing — and outdueled the state's all-time career passing leader, Matt Bodamer of Port Allegany, in the semifinals.
Devonte Harvey, Clairton
Senior, OL/DL, 6-0, 240
Missed two playoff games because of a knee injury suffered during the WPIAL championship game against Sto-Rox, but fought off the pain to play in the state championship against Dunmore, where he was credited with two solo tackles. ... Also provided a spark for both lines in that game and was named all-state on offense.
Titus Howard, Clairton
Senior, WR/CB, 6-3, 170
Because of his size, teams often opted against throwing his way. ... Was named all-state as a defensive back. ... On offense, the Pitt recruit caught 21 passes for 536 yards (25.5 per catch) and five touchdowns. ... Suffered a dislocated elbow in the PIAA quarterfinals against Berlin Brothersvalley, but despite not playing, he led the Bears onto the field in the state championship.
Terrish Webb, Clairton
Senior, WR/CB, 6-1, 175
Was a game-breaker for the Bears offensively and defensively. ... The all-state receiver finished 15th in the WPIAL with 43 catches for 940 yards and 13 touchdowns, including a 21-yard score in the state final. ... As a cornerback, he led the WPIAL with eight interceptions. ... Has committed to Kent State, but received a late offer from Pitt he is still considering.
Shawn Adair, East Allegheny
Senior, WR, 6-1, 175
One of the best skill threats in the Allegheny Conference, he carried 40 times for 248 yards and also caught 24 passes for 526 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns. ... Was a solid defensive player for the Wildcats.
K.J. Marshall, East Allegheny
Senior, RB, 6-1, 180
Came out of the backfield quite a bit in the Wildcats' offensive scheme and caught a team-leading 25 passes for 433 yards and four touchdowns. ... He led the team in rushing with 67 carries for 446 yards and two scores.
Kyle Whipple, East Allegheny
Junior, QB, 6-1, 160
Continued to impress in his second year as a starter. ... Finished 21st in the WPIAL as he completed 72 of 131 passes for 1,338 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Dustin Anderson, South Allegheny
Senior, QB, 6-2, 235
Was the offensive leader for the Gladiators as he led the team into the playoffs for the first time in 26 years. ... Finished the season 7-1 as a starter with his only defeat coming in the season opener against Seton-La Salle. ... Running quarterback completed 11 of 39 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns but ran for another 206 and three scores.
Ryan Bednar, South Allegheny
Senior, OL/DL, 6-2, 283
One of the top offensive linemen in the Century Conference, he was a key cog in helping the Gladiators finish third. ... Is being looked at by Bowling Green and several FCS colleges, including Robert Morris, The Citadel and Stetson.
Keaton McClelland, South Allegheny
Senior, RB/LB, 5-9, 179
Was an outstanding blocker as an undersized fullback and helped open up the Gladiators ground attack. ... Was a punishing hitter as a defensive player despite playing most of the season with a shoulder injury. ... Is being looked at by Davidson, Monmouth, West Liberty and Clarion.
Brandon Murn, South Allegheny
Senior, RB, 6-2, 195
Was injured during each of his first three seasons but was able to put a full year together in 2012. ... Carried 49 times for 430 yards and scored six touchdowns. ... Was an effective receiver with three catches for 56 yards and two scores.
Patrick O'Malley, Steel Valley
Senior, QB, 6-1, 165
Was a solid player in his second season as starter. ... Finished 25th in the WPIAL as he completed 88 of 166 passes for 1,279 yards and five touchdowns. ... Helped the Ironmen qualify for the WPIAL playoffs by coming up big in key situations. ... Also ran for a score. ... Is being looked at by several small colleges.
D'Andre Pickens, Steel Valley
Junior, RB, 5-8, 165
Had an up-and-down year at times because of injuries on the Ironmen offensive line. ... Finished 50th in the WPIAL with a respectable 881 yards and eight touchdowns.
Tyler Donahue, Yough
Junior, QB, 6-1, 175
Was one of the few bright spots for the Cougars. ... Finished the year by completing 95 of 189 passes for 1,254 yards and 11 touchdowns. ... Was a threat coming out of the backfield, gaining 267 yards and adding seven more touchdowns.
Jaquan Davidson, Elizabeth Forward
Junior, QB, 6-4, 160
He was perhaps the biggest reason why the Warriors ended their seven-year playoff drought. ... The transfer from McKeesport completed 28 of 88 passes for 590 yards and four touchdowns, but he did most of his damage with his legs, running for 1,007 yards and 14 touchdowns. ... Is beginning to garner collegiate interest.
Rex Pearce, Elizabeth Forward
Senior, RB/LB, 6-2, 210
Was a perfect complement for Jaquan Davidson in the Warriors backfield as he ran for 531 yards and eight touchdowns. ... In addition to his offensive prowess, he was a monster on the defensive side as he helped carry the team to the postseason.
Joe Carroll, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, QB, 6-2, 180
Was an unknown coming into the season, but shocked the WPIAL by finishing fourth in passing yardage. ... In his first year as a starter, the all-state selection completed 126 of 229 passes for 2,407 yards and 38 touchdowns. ... Only Mack Leftwich of North Allegheny (45) threw more. Threw for at least five touchdowns in a game four times, including a six-touchdown performance.
Pat Hall, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, OL/DL, 6-0, 230
Anchored a Jaguars line that was in transition since last season. ... Helped the offense change from the run-first attack it had last season to the pass-happy schemes of 2012.
Zach Schademan, Thomas Jefferson
Senior, WR, 5-11, 170
Was one of the most productive receivers in the WPIAL. ... Led District 7 with 21 receiving touchdowns, was fourth with 1,120 yards and seventh in receptions with 51. ... Certainly not the biggest player, but he always finds a way to get open.
Chase Winovich, Thomas Jefferson
Junior, LB, 6-4, 200
One of the best defensive players in Class AAA, he was a force to be reckoned with on every down. ... Led the Jaguars with nine sacks and also had 69 tackles, including 60 solo stops. ... Forced three fumbles and recovered four.
Derrick Fulmore, West Mifflin
Senior, QB, 6-0, 190
Helped lead the Titans to their first WPIAL Class AAA finals appearance since 2004. ... Was an outstanding runner as he carried 128 times for 942 yards and 17 touchdowns. ... Also threw the ball effectively when called upon, with 44 completions for 799 yards and seven touchdowns. ... Was named to the all-state offensive team as an athlete.
Marcus Martin, West Mifflin
Junior, TE, 6-1, 175
Is already beginning to get some collegiate looks. ... Was a dangerous tool in the Titans offense and was by far the team's leading receiver with 17 receptions for 421 yards and four touchdowns. ... Caught 38.6 percent of quarterback Derrick Fulmore's completions. ... When called upon, he was a solid blocker.
James Wheeler, West Mifflin
Junior, RB, 5-9, 165
In his first season as a starter he finished third in the WPIAL behind only Washington's Shai McKenzie (2,689) and Clairton's Tyler Boyd (2,584) with 2,226 yards and 29 touchdowns. ... Also a state championship-caliber sprinter during track season.
Eddie Stockett, McKeesport
Senior, QB, 6-4, 220
Finished the season with only 77 pass attempts and completed 32 for 522 yards and four touchdowns. ... Ran for 660 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Is being looked at by several colleges.
Hodari Christian, McKeesport
Senior, RB/LB, 6-0, 215
Was a solid member of the Tigers' offensive game plan as he carried 93 times for 546 yards and three touchdowns. ... Has committed to play at West Virginia. ... One of the best defensive players in the state, he was named as an all-state linebacker.
Alex Beasley, Woodland Hills
Senior, RB/LB, 6-0, 230
Was the heart and soul of the Wolverines. ... Originally projected to be the team's starting running back, he finished the season fourth on the team with 50 carries for 265 yards and five touchdowns. ... Made a name for himself defensively and was named all-state team as a linebacker.
Tom Greene, Woodland Hills
Senior, WR, 5-4, 190
Was the go-to player in the Wolverines' passing game. ... Caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game against North Allegheny. ... Was 23rd in the WPIAL with 38 receptions for 713 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cody McClelland, Woodland Hills
Senior, QB, 6-1, 187
A first-year starter, he exceeded all expectations as he helped the team to its third WPIAL Class AAAA final in the last four years. ... Completed 83 of 184 passes for 1,640 yards and 20 touchdowns, including a touchdown pass in the championship game against North Allegheny.
Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills
Freshman, RB, 5-11, 163
Missed time with injuries but still led the Wolverines with 641 yards and 10 touchdowns. ... Scored a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter of the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game against North Allegheny at Heinz Field. ... Was injured in that game and had to be carted off the field with a neck injury.
Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills
Senior, OL/DL, 6-0, 249
Started getting some FBS looks late in the season. ... Was one of the leaders of a defense that helped carry the Wolverines through the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. ... Was selected to the all-state team as a defensive lineman.