Wezenski, Cochran headline All-State team

Who's ready for some All-State action? Below is our preseason All-State football team for Connecticut, as featured in the September issue of ESPNHS magazine, plus an additional 50 top players. The team is based on projected on-field performance and accomplishments, not necessarily recruiting potential. For a list of the top recruits in the state, click here.

Just to give you a taste, the first team QBs are posted here, with the full All-State team listed after the jump. Think I made a mistake somewhere? Unlikely, but tell me about it in the comments or hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala).

ESPNHS Connecticut All-State Football

First team


Bryan Castelot, Bunnell, QB, Junior

Tossed seven touchdown passes in one game last year

Casey Cochran, Masuk, QB, Senior

Reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year

Matt Milano, New Canaan, QB, Senior

Threw 42 touchdown passes in 2010

Brendon Lytton, Torrington, RB, Senior

Numbers say it all: 2,502 yards, 29 TDs a year ago

Colin Markus, Masuk, RB, Senior

Pick your poison: Cochran throwing or Markus running

Mike Mastrioanni, Xavier, RB, Senior

Should be unstoppable behind Xavier offensive line

Kyle McKinnon, New London, RB, Senior

Usually takes multiple tacklers to bring down McKinnon (6-0, 205)

Aaron Berardino, Windsor, WR, Senior

Reeled in 50 passes last year for 850 yards

Dave Coggins, Sacred Heart, WR, Junior

Could be state's top receiver (1,417 ayrds, 10 TDs in 2010)

Malik Golden, Cheshire Academy, WR, Senior

Caught 48 passes for 680 yards last season

Austin Wezenski, Xavier, OL, Senior

Two-way standout is physical force on both sides of the ball


Sean Marinan, Xavier, DL, Senior

Was unblockable last season (10 sacks, 92 tackles)

Jovan Santos, Xavier, DL, Senior

Two-sport athlete (basketball) can get to the quarterback

Austin Calitro, Danbury, LB, Senior

Villanova recruit racked up 75 tackles last year

Don Cherry, Trumbull, LB, Senior

Key cog in Trumbull's championship-level defense

Kevin McDonough, New Canaan, LB, Senior

Big hitter led Rams to Class L state title game last year

Shane Nastahowski, Greenwich, LB, Senior

Athletic captain set for a big season

Mike Pulaski, St. Joseph-Trumbull, LB, Junior

Looking to break 100 tackles for second straight season

Devon Carrillo, Middletown, DB, Senior

All-American wrestler brings toughness to secondary

Shaquille Eddy, Hyde, DB, Senior

Atheltic corner is one of state's best ballhawks

Shawn Flynn, Masuk, DB, Senior

Tackling machine (102 last year) is great in run support

Greg Strauss, Staples, DB, Junior

Picked off six passes as a sophomore last year

Other Top Players

Gil Aravjo, Norwalk, DL, Sr.

Joel Arroya, Greenwich, WR, SR.

Clay Barker, Darien, WR, Sr.

Stephen Barmore, Southington, QB, So.

Nigel Beckford, Notre Dame-Fairfield, RB, Jr.

Amihr Bess, Notre Dame-West Haven, RB, Sr.

Bryan Boderick, Stamford, QB, Sr.

John Brainard, New Canaan, WR/LB, Sr.

Joe Burns, St. Joseph-Trumbull, WR, Sr.

David Camile, Bunnell, WR, Sr.

Harold Cooper, Hillhouse, RB, So.

Matt Corcoran, Stamford, LB, Sr.

Kellen Croce, Pomperaug, QB, Sr.

Brandon Cusmano, Masuk, WR, Sr.

Mike Davis, Trinity Catholic, RB, Sr.

Josh Diaz, Bunnell, WR, Jr.

Aaron Dixon, Danbury, RB, Sr.

Derick Edwards, Norwalk, WR, SR.

Khaleed Fields, New London, WR, Sr.

DeV’ante Gardner, St. Paul Catholic, RB, Sr.

Brett Gaughan, Pomperaug, TE, Sr.

Bo Gibson, Staples, DL, Sr.

Jack Gibson Staples, OL, Sr.

Sam Gravitte, Ridgefield, RB, Jr.

Tyler Hancock, Danbury, OL, Sr.

Curry Harmon, Canterbury, DL, Sr.

Jon Heil, Staples, RB, Sr.

Chris Holomakoff, McMahon, LB, Sr.

Shaquan Howsie, Trinity Catholic, RB, Jr.

Nick Kelly, Staples, RB, Jr.

Connor Kilbane, New Canaan, TE/DE, Sr.

Kalin Killinger, New Canaan, OL, Sr.

Riley Kinahan, Trinity Catholic, OL/DL, Jr.

David Klein, Norwalk, LB, Sr.

Dylan Leeming, New Canaan, LB, Sr.

Sean Malone, Danbury, DL, Sr.

Thomas Milone, Masuk, WR, Jr.

Chris Mirra, Ridgefield, LB, Jr.

Mike Money, Warde, OL, Sr.

Patrick Monnelus, Bassick, OL, Sr.

Patrick Newton, New Canaan, WR, Sr.

Taylor Olmstead, Greenwich, DB, Jr.

Liam O’Neil, Greenwich, QB, Jr.

Mike Pulaski, St. Joseph-Trumbull, LB, Jr.

Andrew Reel, Pomperaug, WR, Sr.

Kwazee Rile, Norwalk, DL, Sr.

Thomas Rochlin, New Canaan, DL, Sr.

Grant Roman, Trumbull, OL, Sr.

Connor Rowe, Ridgefield, LB, Jr.

Ryan Scott, McMahon, RB, Sr.

Andrew Sebben, Masuk, DL, Sr.

Alton Smith, Windsor, QB, Sr.

Michael Tarantino, Ridgefield, OL, Sr.

John Turner, Ridgefield, LB, Sr.

Damien Vega, McMahon, QB, Sr.

Nicolas Vitale, Daniel Hand, WR, SR.

Zack Voyteck, Trumbull, DL, Sr.

Erik Washburn, Norwich Free Academy, QB, Sr.

Patrick Whalen, Norwalk, DL, Sr.

Jalon White, North Haven, RB, Jr.

Brandon Williams, Bassick, OL, Sr.

Jahad Williams, Harding, QB, Jr.

Joe Zelkowitz, Staples, DB, Jr.