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Pac-12 names all-conference team

December, 2, 2013
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The Pac-12 has announced its first- and second-team all-conference squads and postseason awards for 2013.

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Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY SportsPac-12 Offensive Player of the Year Ka'Deem Carey was the only unanimous first-team pick.
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey has been named the league's offensive player of the year. Arizona State defensive lineman Will Sutton joins an elite fraternity, earning his second straight Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award. Washington's Steve Emtman is the only other player to win the league's defensive player of the year award in back to back years (1990-1991).

UCLA's Myles Jack earned freshman of the year for both offense and defense with his 70 tackles as a linebacker and seven touchdowns as a running back. This is the first time since the awards were introduced in 2008 that the same player has won both sides.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham is the league's coach of the year for guiding the Sun Devils to a conference record of 8-1 and winning the South Division. The Sun Devils host Stanford this weekend in the Pac-12 championship game.

The team is selected by the Pac-12 head coaches.

Offensive player of the year: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Will Sutton, DE Arizona State
Freshman Offense and Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Jack, RB/LB, UCLA
Coach of the Year: Todd Graham, Arizona State

First team offense

QB Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon (2)
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona (2)
RB Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington
WR Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State
WR Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado
TE Chris Coyle, Grad., Arizona State
OL Evan Finkenberg, Grad., Arizona State
OL Hroniss Grasu, Jr., Oregon (2)
OL Marcus Martin, Jr., USC
OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, Jr., UCLA (2)
OL David Yankey, Sr, Stanford (2)

First team defense

DL Ben Gardner, Sr., Stanford
DL Trevor Reilly, Sr., Utah
DL Will Sutton, Sr., Arizona State
DL Leonard Williams, So., USC
LB Anthony Barr, Sr., UCLA (2)
LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford (2)
LB Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford
DB Deone Bucannon, Sr., Washington State
DB Alden Darby, Sr., Arizona State
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., Oregon
DB Robert Nelson, Sr., Arizona State
DB Ed Reynolds, Sr., Stanford (2)

First team specialists

PK Zane Gonzalez, Fr., Arizona State
P Tom Hackett, So. Utah
RS Ty Montgomery, Jr., Stanford
ST Soma Vainuku, So. USC

Second team offense

QB Taylor Kelly, Jr., Arizona State
RB Tyler Gaffney, Sr., Stanford
RB Marion Grice, Sr. Arizona State
WR Ty Montgomery, Jr., Stanford
WR Jaelen Strong, So., Arizona State
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr., Washington
OL Jamil Douglas, Jr., Arizona State
OL Cameron Fleming, Sr., Stanford
OL Andrus Peat, So., Stanford
OL Isaac Seumalo, So., Oregon State
OL Khalil Wilkes, Sr. Stanford

Second team defense

DL Scott Crichton, Jr., Oregon State
DL Taylor Hart, Sr., Oregon
DL Devon Kennard, Sr., USC
DL Hau'oli Kikaha, Jr., Washington
DL Tenny Palepoi, Sr., Utah
LB Carl Bradford, Jr., Arizona State
LB Myles Jack, Fr., UCLA
LB Hayes Pullard, Jr., USC
LB Chris Young, Sr., Arizona State
DB Dion Bailey, Jr., USC
DB Osahon Irabor, Grad., Arizona State
DB Marcus Peters, So., Washington
DB Rashaad Reynolds, Sr., Oregon State

Second team specialists

PK Vincenzo D'Amato, Sr., California
P Travis Coons, Sr., Washington
RS Nelson Agholor, So., USC
ST Erick Dargan, Jr., Oregon
ST Joe Hemschoot, Sr., Stanford
ST Ryan Hofmeister, Jr., UCLA

RS: Return Specialist
ST: special teams player (not a kicker or returner)
(2): Two-time first-team selection

Honorable mention

Arizona: LB Marquis Flowers, Sr.; DL Tevin Hood, Sr.; WR Nate Phillips, Fr.; DB Jared Tevis, Jr.; LB Scooby Wright, Fr.

Arizona State: DL Davon Coleman, Grad.; Gannon Conway, Sr.; ST D.J. Foster, So.; ST De'Marieya Nelson, Jr.

California: DL Deandre Coleman, Sr.; QB Jared Goff, Fr.; WR Bryce Treggs, So.

Colorado: RB Mike Adkins, Fr.; LB Addison Gillam, Fr.; PK Will Oliver, Jr.

Oregon: WR/RS Bralon Addison, So.; WR Josh Huff, Sr.; OL Tyler Johnstone, So.; DL Wade Keliikipi, Sr.; LB Derrick Malone, Jr.; RB Byron Marshall, So.; DL Tony Washington, Jr.

Oregon State: OL Grant Enger, Sr.; TE Connor Hamlett, JR.; QB Sean Mannion, Jr.; DB Ryan Murphy, Jr.; DB Steven Nelson, Jr.; ST Terron Ward, Jr.

Stanford: DL Henry Anderson, Sr.; DB Alex Carter, So.; OL Kevin Danser, Sr.; DL Josh Mauro, Sr.; P Ben Rhyne, Sr.; DB Jordan Richards, Jr.; LB A.J. Tarpley, Sr.

UCLA: OL Jake Brendel, So.; ST Jayon Brown, Fr.; P Sean Covington, Fr.; TE Thomas Duarte, Fr.; WR Shaq Evans, Sr.; WR Devin Fuller, So.; DB Randall Goforth, So.; QB Brett Hundley, So.; DB Anthony Jefferson, Jr.; LB Eric Kendricks, Jr.; DL Cassius Marsh, Sr.; DL Ellis McCarthy, So.; DB Fabian Moreau, So.; OL Alex Redmond, Fr.; DL Eddie Vanderdoes, Fr.; LB Jordan Zumwalt, Sr.

USC: P Kris Albarado, So.; RB Javorius Allen, So.; WR Nelson Agholor, So.; DB Su'a Cravens, Fr.; OL Kevin Graf, Sr.; TE Xavier Grimble, Jr.; QB Cody Kessler, So.; WR Marqise Lee, Jr.; DB Josh Shaw, Jr.; DL J.R. Tavai, Jr.; OL Max Turek, So.; DL George Uko, Jr.

Utah: WR Dres Anderson, Jr.; OL Vyncent Jones, Sr.; DB Keith McGill, Sr.; PK Andy Phillips, Fr.; LB Jason Whittingham, So.

Washington: OL Dexter Charles, So.; PK Travis Coons, Sr.; OL Mike Criste, Jr.; OL Micah Hatchie, Jr.; DB Sean Parker, Sr.; QB Keith Price, Sr.; DL Danny Shelton, Jr.; LB Shaq Thompson, So.

Washington State: OL Elliott Bosch, Sr.; WR River Cracraft, Fr.; PK Andrew Furney, Sr.; DB Damante Horton, Sr.;

Some notes on the teams:

By School: Arizona State and Stanford placed the most players on the first team with six selections each.

By Class: Of the 27 first-team selections, two are graduate students, 11 are seniors, nine are juniors, four are sophomores and one freshman.

Unanimous: Only one player was named on the first-team ballot of all 12 head coaches -- RB Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona.

Two-time Selections: Ten players are repeat first-team selections from last year.

All-Academic: Two first team All-Pac-12 performers also were named to the Pac-12 All Academic second team -- RB Bishop Sankey of Washington and DB Ed Reynolds of Stanford, while Washington defensive lineman Hau'oli Kikaha was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and Pac-12 All-Academic first team. Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly earned second-team honors on both the Pac-12 All-Conference and All-Academic teams.

Freshmen impact in the Pac-12

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Pretty much every team plays true freshmen. But how much of an impact are those freshmen having on the game? Through four weeks, some have made immediate impacts. Others have seen some mop-up time. Across the ESPN blogosphere this morning, we’re looking at the five teams in each conference who have had freshmen make the greatest impacts on their team.

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesCal signal-caller Jared Goff is off to a big start in his career.
1. California: The quarterback is the most important position, and anytime you have a true freshman playing quarterback, it’s going to have a significant impact on the outcome of the game. So far, quarterback Jared Goff has risen to the occasion, even if it hasn’t translated into wins for the Bears. He leads the country in total offense. He’s completing 61 percent of his passes (103-of-168) and has seven touchdowns to four interceptions. Goff is one of seven true freshmen who have seen time for the Bears. Running back Khalfani Muhammad is tied for second on the team with 21 carries (97 yards, one touchdown).

2. UCLA: The Bruins have played 16 true freshmen so far, which, as of last week, was second in the country only to Texas A&M. Linebacker Myles Jack has had the biggest impact with 14 tackles, including two for a loss and a team-high four pass breakups. They are also getting good production from Eddie Vanderdoes, who had two tackles for a loss against New Mexico State, and offensive lineman Alex Redmond has started all three games at guard.

3. USC: The Trojans have gotten impact performances on both sides of the ball from their freshmen. Seven have seen the field for the Trojans. Safety Su’a Cravens has been as advertised so far with 18 tackles, half a tackle for a loss, and an interception. With Silas Redd out, running back Justin Davis has supplemented Tre Madden nicely. In four games, Davis has rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 47.2 yards per game and a team-high 5.9 yards per carry.

4. Washington State: The Cougars have gotten quality -- not necessary quantity -- out of their true freshmen. They have only played four. But two of them are getting quality playing time and making significant contributions. Cornerback Daquawn Brown made his first career start against USC and posted a team high 11 tackles while breaking up two passes. He also had an interception against Southern Utah. Wide receiver River Cracraft is fourth on the team with 10 catches for 111 yards.

5. Colorado: The Buffs aren’t going as young as they did last year, but they are still getting production from their rookies. And they have found something special in linebacker Addison Gillam. Through two games he’s the Buffs leading tackler with 20 stops -- including a sack, two tackles for a loss and five stops on third down. He also blocked a punt. Defensive end Jimmie Gilbert should also continue to see time. In 64 snaps he has three tackles and a sack.

Honorable mentions

These guys have been impactful, but chances are their teams would still have had success if they weren’t on the field based on quality of competition and/or depth at a position. But their contributions shouldn’t be overlooked.

  • Oregon TE John Mundt: Five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Oregon RB Thomas Tyner: 12 carries for 80 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Arizona LB Scooby Wright: 13 tackles, three for a loss.
  • Oregon State KR Victor Bolden: 19 returns, 365 yards, 19.2 average.
  • Utah LS Chase Dominguez: Haven’t heard his name before? Good. You shouldn’t. He’s a long snapper.
  • Arizona State K Zane Gonzalez: Has converted 4 of 7 field goals with a long of 40 and is 3-4 inside 40 yards. 13 of 13 on PATs.
  • Washington KR John Ross: Six kick returns for 112 yards (18.7 average). Three punt returns for 16 yards (5.3 average).

Five OL the Ducks' should offer 

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Even though the Ducks signed five offensive linemen in the Class of 2013, they know that a program can never have enough big men up front. The Ducks landed two Under Armour All-Americans up front in Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) and added three intriguing-but-raw incoming linemen who will likely redshirt.

In the Ducks' fast-paced offensive system, a lot is required of the five up front. Not everyone fits the system and not everyone wants to play in it. Not that they are out of shape by any means, but two of the players on this list are most likely lacking offers because the fit isn't necessarily there. They are two of the top OL from the west coast in the past few years, so they are included based on that alone.

OL recruiting update 

December, 31, 2012
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After the surprising decommitment of OL Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) -- who has since committed to UCLA -- the Ducks had to re-focus their efforts as they work to piece together their future offensive line. In doing so, they found a new prospect in the most unlikely of places.

Last month, the Ducks received film from OL Jake Pisarcik (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and liked what they saw. They liked it so much that, despite the fact that no other school at any level had offered him, the Ducks not only flew out to New Jersey to see him, they offered him a scholarship and accepted a commitment from him within a week. Pisarcik's pledge gave the Ducks three offensive line commits in their 2013 recruiting class.

When he committed, the under-the-radar Pisarcik joined in-state offensive line commits Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) -- No. 181 in the ESPN 300 and an Under Armour All-American -- and Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) in the Ducks' class. The Ducks have been expected to add three or four offensive linemen during this recruiting cycle. After Ducks' senior Kyle Long recently had his appeal for an extra season denied by the NCAA, it now appears that the Ducks will definitely take a fourth commit along the offensive line.

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Oregon recruiting mailbag: Dec. 7 

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Gareon ConleyBrad Bournival/ESPN.comThe decision to stop recruiting Gareon Conley could be one Oregon regrets.


There has been a high volume of activity surrounding the Ducks' recruiting efforts in the past week. Some good, some bad and some, just plain weird. The Ducks dropped two of their top targets, added three new offers and reached out to USC CB commit Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) once again.

You asked. We'll answer. It's time once again for the Oregon Ducks recruiting mailbag.

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Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters 

December, 4, 2012
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With a week off from practice last week, the Oregon coaches hit the road to visit their commits and top targets as they look to solidify their recruiting class with signing day only two months away.

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Greg Ostendorf/ESPN.comPinson, Ala., linebacker Zach Cunningham was offered by Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal this past week.
The coaches spread far and wide to cover the recruiting trail. While on the road, they offered a scholarship to a fast-rising 2013 LB recruit.

The Ducks seem to have moved on from RB Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), the No. 5 RB in the ESPN 150. They are now focused on Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) and Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) for the final running back spot in their class. Folston -- No.79 in the ESPN 150 -- plays things close to the vest, but it seems like a battle between the only two schools he has officially visited, Oregon and Notre Dame.

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Oregon coaches hit the road 

December, 3, 2012
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Alvin KamaraRadi Nabulsi/ESPN.comThe Ducks coaching staff made the cross-country trek to Georgia last week to visit, among others, coveted ESPN 150 RB Alvin Kamara.

With a week off from practice, the assistant coaches for the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl-bound Oregon Ducks
hit the recruiting trail last week. In addition to visiting their current commits, the Ducks' coaches also visited their primary remaining targets for the Class of 2013.

They racked up the miles as they visited players in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, among others.

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The Oregon Ducks were holding steady with their offensive line recruiting for a couple of months with three recruits committed. Then three-star offensive tackle Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) decommitted in mid-November. That hasn't stopped him -- or the Oregon coaches -- from keeping a line of communication open.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comThree-star offensive lineman Alex Redmond is still considering Oregon.
Before stopping in to see Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) when the contact period for coaches began last week, Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood stopped in to see Redmond at his high school.

"We just watched some film and he told me how he still thinks I can be a big part of their future," Redmond said. "He just wanted to come by and see me and see how my elbow was feeling."

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Oregon controlling the Northwest 

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With a fifth straight win in the series -- their third straight in Corvallis -- the Oregon Ducks made it abundantly clear that they are clearly the best program in the state of Oregon and the Northwest. Saturday was the third time in five years that the Ducks have ripped a BCS bowl from the Beavers' grasp and now have a complete stranglehold on the series.

The Ducks have five straight wins against in-state rival Oregon State, nine consecutive against Washington and six straight against Washington State.

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Quavondo for ESPN.comAloha, Ore., product Thomas Tyner was offered first by Oregon State but he eventually committed to the Ducks.
Oddly enough, the Ducks don't go head-to-head with Oregon State or Washington State very often for recruits.

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Ducks' recruiting mailbag 

November, 23, 2012
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The Ducks hosted an impressive group of official visitors last weekend when they took on the Stanford Cardinal. There were no commitments made publicly, but the Ducks appears to have made a big impact on all four visitors.

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Andrew Wolff/IntersportTarean Folston seems to be down to Notre Dame and Oregon after his visit to Eugene last weekend.
they remain committed to USC and Stanford, respectively, Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Peter Kalambayi (Matthews, N.C./Butler) both came away impressed with the Oregon program and have a lot to think about before signing day. Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) was also impressed and, according to his high school coach, might be done with visits and ready to decide between Notre Dame and Oregon.

Bryan G. (Glendale, Calif.): Nico Falah said "Oregon is back in it," but also said he is still a Trojan. Is the fact that he said Oregon is in it just post-visit talk or is he truly considering the Ducks?

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Oregon recruiting mailbag 

November, 16, 2012
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With the final regular-season home game set for Saturday night, there is plenty of excitement surrounding the Oregon football program. ESPN's College GameDay will be in Eugene on senior day, a fitting home finale for the most successful class in school history.

Ducks fans will say goodbye to the seniors and get a glimpse of some potential future players, as Oregon will host a number of recruits over the weekend. With the Ducks making a move to No. 2 in the BCS, they hope to make a move in the recruiting rankings as well.

There's plenty to discuss and questions to be answered, so it's time to tear open the mail once again.

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Ducks set for big recruiting weekend 

November, 16, 2012
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Stanford heads to Eugene on Saturday for a Pac-12 North battle against Oregon. If the Ducks beat the Cardinal for a third straight time, they will host the Pac-12 championship game for the second year in a row. It could potentially bring more than just a return trip to the title game as the Ducks are set to host a large group of recruits for their final home game of the year.

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Andrew Wolff/IntersportUnder Armour All-American Tarean Folston will be in Eugene this weekend for his official visit as the Ducks take on Stanford.


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Alex Redmond decommits from Oregon 

November, 14, 2012
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The Oregon Ducks lost one of their top commits when offensive lineman Alex Redmond of Los Alamitos (Calif.) High School decommitted earlier this week.

"I just feel like I haven't seen anywhere else really. I have the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit other schools and see what all is out there," Redmond said. "Of course I still have love for the Ducks and I'll continue to be in touch with them."

When he gave Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood the news, Redmond said he got the respected response.

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Ducks commits: Regular season wrap 

November, 12, 2012
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Dontre Wilson Miller SafritESPN.comDucks commit Dontre Wilson had 200 carries for 1,352 yards and 26 TDs in his senior year.

As their future team heads into a virtual, single-elimination playoff race for the BCS Championship, the Oregon Ducks' commits have wrapped up their regular seasons and look forward to their own playoff runs.

When running back commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) helped the Eagles polish off an undefeated regular season on Thursday, the Ducks commits had all completed their final high school regular seasons. The statistics have been tallied and some leagues have already handed out awards. Suffice it to say, the Ducks have a bright future with these 11 high school seniors headed their way.

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Oregon commits: High school highlights 

November, 10, 2012
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It was a light schedule for Oregon's commits this weekend. Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) and Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon) all had byes as they prepare to for the playoffs next week. The rest of the class was up to their old tricks, including another masterpiece from running back Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha).

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Quavondo/ESPNHSDucks 2013 commit Thomas Tyner rushed 36 times for 438 yards and four touchdowns in his most recent contest.
Star of the week: Thomas Tyner, the biggest mover from the west in the new ESPN 150 (up to No. 90 from No. 104) proved yet again that he is worth the hype. After a regular season in which he rushed for 2,800 yards, Tyner had his second highest total of the year. Not only did he rush 36 times for 438 yards and four touchdowns (94, 67, 10 and 65 yards), the nation's No.11 running back had the game-winning 24-yard touchdown catch with 2:13 to go in the game. His catch put Aloha up for good as they squeaked out a 38-35 win over Hillsboro (Ore.) Glencoe. Tyner now sits at 3,238 yards on the year. With 108 yards next week, he will become the state record-holder for yards in a single season. The 6-foot, 210-pound athlete now has 39 rushing touchdowns and 5 through the air, giving him 44 total touchdowns on the year.

Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) -- The No. 52 player in the ESPN 150 helped DeSoto finish off a perfect regular season on Thursday night. DeSoto got a tough test from Mansfield (Texas) High School, but pulled out a 37-23 win behind Wilson's 166 yards and two touchdowns. DeSoto, one of the top teams in Texas -- and the country -- will open the playoffs next week against Killeen (Texas) Harker Heights. On Friday, Wilson was presented with his Under Armour All-American Game jersey during a ceremony at DeSoto.

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