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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Updated: August 25, 4:52 PM ET
Metro St. Louis All-Area Football

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Here's a preseason look at the players to watch in the metro St. Louis area:

OFFENSE
[POSITION] NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[QB] T.J. Moe Fort Zumwalt West 6-0/200 Senior
[QB] Jordan Webb Union 6-1/200 Senior
[RB] Montee Ball Timberland 5-11/205 Senior
[RB] Ronnie Wingo SLUH 6-2/206 Senior
[WR] Kraig Appleton East St. Louis 6-3/190 Senior
[WR] Terry Hawthorne East St. Louis 6-1/185 Senior
[WR] Kerwin Stricker Washington 6-2/195 Senior
[TE] Sheldon Richardson Gateway Tech 6-4/280 Senior
[OL] Darris Ford Hazelwood East 6-4/273 Senior
[OL] Terrence Isiah East St. Louis 6-3/250 Senior
[OL] Jack Meiners Chaminade 6-6/314 Senior

DEFENSE
POSITION/NAME SCHOOL HT/WT YEAR
[DL] Maurice Alexander Eureka 6-0/170 Senior
[DL] Jake Amsden Festus 6-1/203 Senior
[DL] Morgan Cole SLUH 6-3/210 Senior
[LB] Devin Lindsey Maplewood 6-2/210 Senior
[LB] Tony Martin Park Hills Central 6-1/200 Senior
[LB] Tommy Tuck Fort Zumwalt West 5-9/205 Junior
[LB] Lee Ward Parkway Central 6-1/210 Junior
[DB] Philip Blair Mehlville 5-9/160 Senior
[DB] E.J. Clark DeSmet 5-10/191 Senior
[DB] Tyrone Clark Mehlville 5-10/190 Senior
[DB] Tommie Hopkins East St. Louis 5-11/175 Senior

OTHER TOP PLAYERS
NAME SCHOOL POSITION YEAR
Bryant Allen Maplewood RB/WR Sr.
Vincent Arterbridge East St. Louis RB So.
Damonte Bell McCluer North RB Sr.
Jack Borcherding Washington DB Sr.
DeAndre Buckner Kirkwood RB Sr.
Jake Campbell Belleville East OL Sr.
Bryan Carroll Fort Zumwalt West OL Jr.
Ricky Dansdill DeSmet WR Sr.
Terrell Downing Hazelwood East DB/WR Sr.
Justin Ellertson Timberland LB Sr.
Kory Faulkner St. Genevieve QB Sr.
Mike Grau Fort Zumwalt West OL/DL Sr.
Marquis Gray Gateway Tech OL/DL Sr.
A.J. Hill Du Quoin QB Sr.
Devin King DeSmet RB Sr.
R.J. Lloyd Fort Zumwalt North DB Sr.
Brennan Longwell Fort Zumwalt West WR Sr.
Tim Marsh Fort Zumwalt West DB Sr.
Courtney Molton East St. Louis RB Jr.
Kevin Nevels Parkway Central LB Sr.
Jeremiah Oteh MICDS QB Sr.
Brandon Richards Eureka LB Sr.
Kory Riggs Festus OL Sr.
Sammy Santana MICDS WR Sr.
Nick Shortal MICDS RB/LB Sr.
Darius Stewart McCluer North RB Jr.
John Swanston SLUH QB Sr.
John Tabash Priory OL Sr.
James Wofford Timberland WR/RB Sr.
Detchauz Wray East St. Louis QB Jr.

PRIME-TIME PLAYERS

JORDAN WEBB
Operating in Union's spread offense, Webb was flawless in 2007, passing for 4,279 yards and 55 touchdowns. The strong-armed Webb hit 64 percent of his passes and threw just six interceptions.

MONTEE BALL
Ball's 2007 effort was simply epic, as he ran for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns to lead the Wolves to the Class 4 quarterfinals. He averaged an astonishing 8.7 yards per carry.

MAURICE ALEXANDER
Despite being significantly undersized for a defensive tackle, Alexander dominated last season to the tune of 13 sacks. He also made 48 tackles and was the Suburban West Player of the Year.

LEE WARD
Behind Ward's stellar play, the Parkway Central defense allowed just 8.7 points per game during the 2007 regular season. As a sophomore he finished the year with 63 tackles and seven sacks.

COACH'S TAKE

AN AREA COACH ON TOMMY TUCK:
"Heck of a linebacker. He just finds the ball, and he really brings the lumber. He's a tremendous athlete, with speed to close, and he's smart enough to read and diagnose plays, and at the end of that he can really hit. He plays with force."