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
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.