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Trib Terrific 25

| Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007

The following are the Trib Terrific 25, the 2007 version of the Tribune-Review's annual all-star team, including Player of the Year Terrelle Pryor.

Zach DeCicco

QB/DB, Thomas Jefferson

Sr. 6-foot, 180 pounds

By the numbers: Completed 22 of 51 passes for 321 yards and three TDs. ... Rushed for 460 yards and six TDs. ... Recorded 393 yards and two TDs receiving. ... Grabbed seven interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

Claim to fame: Was often referred to as Dom's little brother until he switched to quarterback in Week 8 and led Thomas Jefferson to WPIAL and PIAA titles.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I can ski."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully working at my dad's business. He owns a construction company."


Cameron Saddler

RB/DB, Gateway

Sr., 5-foot-7, 157 pounds

By the numbers: Gained 2,299 all-purpose yards and 31 TDs, including 24 rushing, three receiving and two punt and two kickoff returns. ... Rushed for 1,692 yards and made seven catches for 121.

Claim to fame: Scored the touchdown on Gateway's hook-and-lateral, which was named ESPN's play of the month in November, to help the Gators rally from a 15-point deficit in the WPIAL championship game.

You'd be surprised to know: "I'm originally from Woodland Hills and I went to school there until sixth grade."

In five years, I'll be: "Somewhere making a lot of money with a happy family."


Shayne Hale

LB, Gateway

Sr., 6-foot-4, 235 pounds

By the numbers: Recorded 114 tackles, including 25 for loss, nine sacks, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Claim to fame: U.S. Army All-American and ranked the third-best linebacker in the country, according to Rivals.com

You'd be surprised to know: "I eat an entire jar of pickles and drink the juice the night before every game."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully playing football somewhere."


Dorian Bell

LB, Gateway

Jr., 6-foot-1, 220 pounds

By the numbers: Led Gateway with 131 tackles, including 25 for loss, 11 sacks, nine pass breakups and one interception.

Claim to fame: Gateway coach Terry Smith said Bell is the best all-around athlete he's ever coached.

You'd be surprised to know: "I'd give a million dollars to my family if I had it. I wouldn't keep it for myself."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully in the NFL."


Tino Sunseri

QB, Central Catholic

Sr., 6-foot-1, 200 pounds

By the numbers: Completed 110 of 200 passes for 1,960 yards and 23 touchdowns (only four interceptions).

Claim to fame: Transferred from a high school in North Carolina before his junior year and was most commonly known as Central Catholic graduate and Pitt All-American Sal Sunseri's son. Two years later, he's established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the WPIAL.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I like to hunt and fish."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully playing in the NFL."


Andrew Taglianetti

RB/DB Central Catholic

Sr., 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

By the numbers: Gained 1,161 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on 103 carries, adding 17 receptions for 420 yards and three scores. He also intercepted five passes.

Claim to fame: Played an integral role in Central Catholic's backfield this season, despite the fact that he wasn't even on the depth chart during camp.

You'd be surprised to know: "My twin brother (Jon) was the quarterback at South Fayette."

In five years, I'll be: "Graduated from college and hopefully getting a job somewhere, maybe a government job with the Secret Service or FBI."


Dan Vaughan

DE/FB, Central Catholic

Sr., 6-foot-3, 225 pounds

By the numbers: Recorded 99 tackles, 27 1/2 for a loss, with 13 sacks. Also rushed for 760 yards and 14 touchdowns on 97 attempts, and caught 15 passes (three for TDs) for 191 yards.

Claim to fame: Along with Quentin Williams, made up arguably, the best pair of defensive ends in the WPIAL.

You'd be surprised to know: "I like reading."

In five years, I'll be: "Playing college football."


Quentin Williams

DE/TE, Central Catholic

Sr., 6-foot-3, 235 pounds

By the numbers: Led the team in receptions (23 for 433 and six TDs); added 89 tackles, 23 for a loss, with nine sacks.

Claim to fame: Central Catholic coach Terry Totten called him the best position player to come out of the program, thanks to his motor. Williams said, "Some people call it a motor, but it's really just a passion for the game."

You'd be surprised to know: "I am the student council president at my school."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully playing a professional sport (baseball or football). It'll be a game-time decision."


Jonathan Baldwin

WR, Aliquippa

Sr., 6-foot-6, 235 pounds

By the numbers: Caught 41 passes for 613 yards and nine TDs as the WPIAL's 10th-leading receiver.

Claim to fame: Is one of the top two-sport athletes in the country, but the U.S. Army All-American will give up basketball to pursue a college football career at Pitt.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I ran a 4.31 and 4.33 40- (yard dash) at a camp last year."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully having a fine NFL career."


Manny Williams

RB/S, Clairton

Sr., 6-foot-0, 195 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed 25 times for 420 yards and nine TDs and was a dominant safety with two interceptions.

Claim to fame: Was the first of seven recruits from the WPIAL to commit to Pitt.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I like umpiring baseball games."

In five years, I'll be: "A CEO of one of those big buildings Downtown."


Lucas Nix

OL/DL, Thomas Jefferson

Sr., 6-foot-6 1/2, 295 pounds

By the numbers: Recorded 67 tackles, four sacks and two recovered fumbles, including one for a touchdown. ... Cleared the way for running back Orlando Torres, who rushed for 1,577 yards and 29 TDs on 260 carries.

Claim to fame: An All-American, Nix has three WPIAL and two PIAA titles and is ranked the 26th-best player in the country, according to Rivals.com.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I'm an artist."

In five years, I'll be: "Making millions."


Billy Bair

RB/DB, Mars

Sr., 5-foot-11, 190 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed for 2,428 yards and 32 TDs on 269 attempts.

Claim to fame: Led the WPIAL in rushing and joined the elite 4,000-yard rushing club.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I like to read a lot."

In five years, I'll be: "Playing in the NFL."


Christian Wilson

RB/LB, Montour

Sr., 6-foot-4, 235 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed for 2,036 yards and 28 touchdowns as the WPIAL's second-leading rusher.

Claim to fame: Christian Wilson was a main character on ESPN's "Bound for Glory," which he said "was kind of a bad thing."

You'd be surprised to know: "I get a new phone every six months. I try to talk my mom into getting the newest one and it usually works."

In five years, I'll be: "22 years old, hopefully getting drafted or have a good job."


E.J. Banks

QB/S, Montour

Jr., 6-foot-0, 180 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed for 920 yards and 10 TDs. ... Passed for 1,235 and six TDs. ... Recorded three interceptions.

Claim to fame: Banks got his first start at quarterback midway through his freshman season on a nationally televised "Bound for Glory" show.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I average 15 points a game for my basketball team."

In five years, I'll be: "Finishing college and doing something with my life."


Mike Yancich

RB/LB, Trinity

Sr., 6-foot-2, 220 pounds

By the numbers: Penn State linebacker recruit rushed for 1,616 yards and 20 TDs

Claim to fame: It used to be his long hair, but since he got it cut, Yancich is more commonly known as the WPIAL's eighth-leading rusher.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I teach Sunday school."

In five years, I'll be: "A college graduate and, hopefully, employed by a major business corporation."


Monte Ashby

RB/DB, East Allegheny

Sr., 5-foot-8, 170 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed for 1,960 yards and 21 TDs

Claim to fame: Transferred from Duquesne before reviving an East Allegheny program that finished 1-9 last year.

You'd be surprised to know: "I have a (six-month-old) daughter."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully in the NFL."


Geoff Greco

QB/WR, North Allegheny

Sr., 6-foot-4, 210 pounds

By the numbers: Recorded 17 catches for 245 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns on 107 carries.

Claim to fame: Quarterback, wide receiver, kicker, punter, kick and punt returner, Greco did it all while leading North Allegheny to a 11-1 record.

You'd be surprised to know: "I enjoy my pottery class."

In five years, I'll be: "An NFL punter."


Zaire Washington

RB, Clairton

Sr., 5-foot-11, 210 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed for 1,967 yards and 25 TDs

Claim to fame: Finished as the WPIAL's third-leading rusher this season

You'd be surprised to know: "That I still don't have a college scholarship."

In five years, I'll be: "In the NFL or own my own business, a car dealership or just be an entrepreneur."


Jordan Hall

RB, Jeannette

Jr., 5-foot-9, 180 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed for 891 yards and 20 touchdowns and led the team in receiving, catching 27 passes for 704 yards and nine touchdowns. He finished with 32 total touchdowns.

Claim to fame: Was in on four touchdowns, four different ways, in the PIAA Class AA championship game against Dunmore. Hall scored on a 58-yard run, a 14-yard pass, returned a punt 71 yards for a score and tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass, all in the first half.

You'd be surprised to know: "I have a 3.2 GPA, and have beaten Terrelle Pryor more times than I lost in playing the NCAA football video game.

In five years, I'll be: "Playing football."


Jason Marquis

T, Jeannette

Sr., 5-foot-11, 265 pounds

By the numbers: Recorded 77 tackles from his defensive tackle position.

Claim to fame: Was part of an offensive line that helped break the state scoring record of 860 points and paved the way for Pryor to rush for 4,250 yards and pass for 4,249.

You'd be surprised to know: "That I am a hard worker in school and have a 3.4 GPA.

In five years, I'll be: "An accountant."


Mike Shanahan

WR, Norwin

Sr., 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

By the numbers: Caught 35 passes for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Claim to fame: Caught five touchdown passes against Gateway and a 98-yard pass against Central Catholic.

You'd be surprised to know: "I can do a windmill and 360 dunk."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully playing professionally, or starting a good job."


Tyler Urban

LB, Norwin

Sr., 6-foot-4 1/2, 240 pounds

By the numbers: Rushed 80 times for 510 yards and seven touchdowns. He had 79 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks.

Claim to fame: Scored two touchdowns, the first to tie the score and the second to seal the victory, and had two quarterback sacks in leading Norwin to a playoff victory over Woodland Hills.

You'd be surprised to know: "I used to play soccer until sixth grade, I'm in the National Honor Society and am still committed to Maryland."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully, athletic director at a college or at Norwin.


Chris Loving

DB, Serra

Sr., 5-foot-7, 150 pounds

By the numbers: Had 127 carries for 1,401 yards, 23 touchdowns, with 25 catches for 554 yards and seven touchdowns.

Claim to fame: His interception return for a touchdown in the PIAA quarterfinal game helped rally Serra to a win against North Star.

You'd be surprised to know: "I play Halo 3 on Xbox."

In five years, I'll be: "Playing college football and running track."


Josh Vick

QB, Kiski Area

Sr., 6-foot-3, 204 pounds

By the numbers: Completed 143 of 248 passes for a WPIAL-high 2,110 yards, with 14 touchdowns.

Claim to fame: Was state champion in Class AAA javelin last year. Owns every school passing mark and completed 21 of 22 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns against Latrobe.

You'd be surprised to know: "I'd like to learn to play golf better."

In five years, I'll be: "Hopefully, graduating from college and finishing up football."

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