Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.
This week, we're highlighting arguably the state's best multi-position talent, a star from last year's title game and a quarterback bound for the University of Minnesota.
UP —Maxx Williams, Waconia, QB/TE
We listed Williams as a TE on our All-State team. But Waconia's star senior can really do everything. In his team's first game against Orono, Williams rushed for 72 yards and a score, threw for 29 yards and caught a pass for 27 yards as well. And he did it all on a balky knee that nearly kept him out of the contest. When he's healthy, he's one of the state's most impressive players.
DOWN — Mitch Underhill, Wayzata, RB
Few people had as big an impact on last year's state championship game as Underhill. Then a junior, he rushed for 247 yards on just 12 carries (an average of 20.6 yards per carry), helping his team claim the Prep Bowl title. But the Trojans will be without the star rusher this season as he suffered a torn ACL in the team's first game.
UP — Philip Nelson, Mankato West, QB
Nelson tossed for 2,439 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. He's already off to a similar start this year. In his team's 60-14 win over New Prague this past weekend, the Minnesota recruit worked only one half but still managed to rack up 195 yards through the air and tossed for five scores as well. He even ran one in for good measure, totaling six touchdowns on the day.