The 1993 Tribune All-State football team

Tribune staff writer


First team

Quarterback: Greg Williams, Bolingbrook, Senior, 6-1, 175The most exciting game-breaker in the state has amassed 2,550 all-purpose yards including 1,460 rushing, 750 in punt and kick returns while scoring 23 TDs. His top college choices: Illinois, Northwestern, North Carolina, Colorado State.

Running back: Bobby Nelson, Wheaton-Warrenville S., Senior, 5-8, 185 The best combination of power and speed in the state. He rushed for 1,690 yards and scored 24 TDs while averaging 9.9 yards per carry. College choice: Undecided.

Running back: Terence Marable, Marian Catholic, Senior, 6-1, 171 The state's leading rusher has 2,218 yards on 237 carries, an average of 9.4, with 35 TDs.

Running back: Allen Ross, Shepard, Senior 6-2, 230 Made all-conference as a running back and linebacker.

Wide receiver: David Saunders, Palatine, Senior, 6-3, 190Virtually impossible to stop one-on-one with the speed to outrun defensive backs. Caught 48 passes for 948 yards and 13 TDs while returning two of his four pass interceptions for TDs as a safety. College choices: Illinois, Nebraska, West Virginia.

Wide receiver: Kasey Klaas, Wheaton-Warrenville S., Junior, 5-11, 170 Fast and sure-handed, as his 50 receptions for 1,154 yards and 12 TDs will attest. Averaged 23 yards per catch.

Lineman: Mike Bartolini, Marian Catholic, Senior, 6-4, 265Much of Marable's rushing yardage can be attributed to this power-driving tackle who anchors one of the state's biggest lines.

Lineman: Greg Reid, Andrew, Senior, 6-4, 265 Top lineman in the SICA West lived up to his preseason All-America billing. Never missed a practice or off-season workout in three years. College choices: Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Ohio State.

Lineman: Derek Rose, Naperville Central, Senior, 6-5, 270Rated among the top 50 players in the Midwest. Scored 27 on the ACT and has a 3.69 grade-point average. College choices: Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado.

Lineman: Tom Speck, Reavis, Senior, 6-5, 285Best lineman in SICA North who went both ways and was double- and triple-teamed playing defense. College choices: Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State.

Lineman: Sam Williams, Thornton, Senior, 6-6, 290 Voted top offensive player in SICA East. Possesses speed, strength and size to evolve into a dominant college lineman. College choices: Undecided.

Placekicker/punter: Danny Durkin, Bolingbrook, Senior, 5-11, 170 Set state record for career PATs with 143 and has converted field goals from 50, 42, 40 this season. College choices: Illinois, Northwestern, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Ball State, Colorado State.

Second team Quarterback: Donovan McNabb, Mt. Carmel, sr. 6-3, 195.Running backs: Corey Day, Bolingbrook, sr., 5-10, 170; Joe Hyland, Montini, sr., 6-1, 190; Kevin Robinson, Peoria Richwoods, sr., 5-10, 187. Receivers: Kevin Trimble, Mattoon, sr. 6-4, 195; D'Angelo Smith, Fenton, sr., 6-2, 170. Linemen: Charles Bogwill, Morris, sr., 6-3, 272; Mike Goff, LaSalle-Peru, sr., 6-6, 275; Dave Gurion, Palatine, sr., 6-1, 261; Mike Perrone, Loyola, sr., 6-0, 220; Ryan Schau, Bloomington, sr., 6-5, 275. Placekicker/punter: David Frakes, Rockford Guilford, sr., 6-1, 170.

All-area teamQuarterbacks: Williams, Bolingbrook; McNabb, Mt. Carmel; Tim Lester, Wheaton-Warrenville South. Running backs: Nelson, Wheaton South; Marable, Marian Catholic; Ross, Shepard; Day, Bolingbrook; Hyland, Montini; Ike Porter, Eisenhower, J.D. Williams, Palatine; Joe Montgomery, Richards. Receivers: Saunders, Palatine; Klaas, Wheaton S.; Smith, Fenton; Kyle Garifo, Buffalo Gr.; Ahmad Merritt, St. Rita; John Cerasani, Schaumburg. Linemen: Bartolini, Marian Catholic; Reid, Andrew; Rose, Naperville Central; Speck, Reavis; Williams, Thornton; Gurion, Palatine; Bogwill, Morris, Perrone, Loyola; Doug Cullom, St. Rita; Tony Dodge, McHenry.


First team

Lineman: Ola Ali, Mt. Carmel, Senior, 6-3, 245 Mainstay of defense who is following in the footsteps of Caravan All-State defensive lineman Simeon Rice, last year's freshman of the year in the Big 10.

Lineman: Kenny Augustus, Bolingbrook, Senior, 6-3, 235 Recorded 13 sacks and 20 tackles for losses this season. Such a ferocious blocker on offense, he was named all-SICA West tight end despite not catching a pass in two years.

Lineman: Mike Darlington, Morris, Senior, 6-5, 220 Set school record with 14 sacks and doubled as the Redskins' quarterback, completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,447 yards and 14 TDs. College choices: Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Colorado.

Lineman: Sean Shearer, Naperville North, Senior, 6-4, 220 No. 1 defensive lineman in talent-rich Du Page Valley Conference with 78 tackles. Ran down tailbacks with his 4.58-second, 40-yard dash speed.

Linebacker: Kurt Belisle, Bishop McNamara, Senior, 6-3, 225 Rated among the top five college prospects in the state, averaging 15 tackles a game. College: Notre Dame, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan

Linebacker: Conrad Gacki, Naperville North, Senior, 6-1, 210 Caught 11 running backs from behind with 4.52 speed in the 40. Also had four sacks while rushing for 700 yards and 16 TDs at halfback.

Linebacker: Famous Hulbert, Proviso West, Senior, 6-2, 218 Most feared hitter in West Suburban Conference had 110 tackles, forced four fumbles, blocked three kicks and intercepted two passes. Will visit Notre Dame, Ohio State, Illinois, Northwestern, Southern California.

Linebacker: Tom Marks, De La Salle, Senior, 6-1, 195 Heart and soul of perhaps the state's toughest defense. Two-time, all-Catholic League selection ranks No. 1 academically. College: Ivy League.

Defensive back: Chris Allen, St. Charles, Senior, 6-0, 185 Upstate Eight defensive player of the year intercepted eight passes, one for a TD and returned one kickoff and three punts for scores, including 6A playoff-record 89 yarder against Glenbard West.

Defensive back: Eric Thigpen, Thornridge, Senior, 6-1, 175 Played safety, quarterback, wide receiver, running back and kick returner, recording 114 tackles on defense. College: Illinois, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin, UCLA, West Virginia, Iowa.

Defensive back: Mike McGrath, Downers Grove South, Junior, 6-0, 175 Mustangs' best all-around player and a key reason why they're playing for the 6A championship Saturday. Also dangerous returning kickoffs and punts.

Second teamLinemen: Rob Cieslinski, Conant, sr., 6-3, 220; Marec Edgar, Camp Point Central, sr., 6-3, 295; Reggie Pippen, De La Salle, sr., 6-0, 220; Robert Russ, Thornton Fractional North, sr., 6-4, 260. Linebackers: Jim Dallio, Shepard, sr., 6-2, 230; Chris Gall, Oak Park, sr., 6-2, 220; Mark Henderson, Pittsfield, sr., 6-0, 190; Cecil Martin, Evanston, sr., 6-2, 215. Defensive backs: Mike Burden, Palatine, soph., 6-2, 200; Marc Dowdy, Rich East, sr., 6-3, 200; Steve St. Meyer, Wheaton-Warrenville South, sr., 5-11, 175.

All-area teamLinemen: Ali, Mt. Carmel; Shearer, Naperville North; Augustus, Bolingbrook; Darlington, Morris; Cieslinski, Conant; Pippen, De La Salle; Russ, T.F. North; John Gricus, St. Rita; Aaron Marshall, Lane; Ed Marut, Loyola; Ken Robinson, St. Charles. Linebackers: Belisle, Bishop McNamara; Gacki, Naperville North; Hulbert, Proviso West; Marks, De La Salle; Dallio, Shepard; Gall, Oak Park; Martin, Evanston; Reed Christensen, Libertyville; Don Holmes, Thornwood; Rosie Noble, Kankakee; Matt Powell, Coal City; Jerry Verde, Marian Catholic. Defensive backs: Allen, St. Charles; McGrath, Downers South; Thigpen, Thornridge; Burden, Palatine; Dowdy, Rich East; St. Meyer, Wheaton South; Paul Vandeven, Cary-Grove; Ben Moss, Lake Forest; Marty Dula, Maine South; Alan Lakomskis, Providence.

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