2009 Maryland Consensus All-State Team
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Billy Cosh, Arundel
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Louis Young, Good Counsel
The following is the Maryland high school football Consensus All-State team, which consists of the top 30 vote getters from the Media All-State teams, both Big and Small School.
This season, Arundel's Billy Cosh and Good Counsel's Louis Young were voted by the media as the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.
The 2009 team marks the first time in 10 years that three kickers make the Consensus Team.
Previous Consensus Teams consist of some of the top recruits in Maryland and this year is no different. Almost every player on the team is already committed to college or holds multiple offers.
Maryland and Iowa have the most recruits, with both schools getting three commitments. The range of schools is an impressive list, with players committing to California, Kansas State, Michigan, Penn State and Stanford among others.
This is the 18th year of the media All-State team in Maryland.
The Consensus Team, along with Players and Coaches of the Year will be honored at the All-State banquet Feb. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Josh Bordner, Sr., Century: Bordner is one of only four players in Maryland high school football history to throw for at least 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. The Baltimore Sun and Carroll County Times first-team selection threw for 2,082 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. The Boston College commit also rushed for 329 yards and 10 touchdowns. A two-way player, Bordner recorded 56 tackles, seven sacks and an interception as a linebacker on defense.
Details: Cosh has a host of accolades over the past two seasons and he can add Offensive Player of the Year to the list. A repeat Consensus All-State selection, Cosh threw for 3,360 yards and 55 touchdowns this season. Cosh was selected as the Washington Post Player of the Year and the Baltimore Sun's Co-Player of the Year. The Kansas State commit finished his career with public school records for most passing yards in a career (7,433) and touchdowns (112).
Marcus Coker, Sr., DeMatha
Details: Despite missing slightly more than two games this season, Coker led Prince George's County in rushing with 1,567 yards and 20 touchdowns. The PG Gazette Player of the Year and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) first-team selection rushed for 391 yards against Gilman earlier this season. That number places the Iowa commit in the Top 5 all-time for most rushing yards in one game.
Josh Furman, Sr., Old Mill
Details: Furman, the Baltimore Sun Co-Player of the Year, rushed for 2,285 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. Furman was third in the state in rushing and had a season-high 414 yards and six touchdowns in a region final 58-55 victory over Arundel. Furman was a big reason Old Mill reached the Class 4A state final, rushing for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns through the first three playoff games. Furman committed to play for Michigan during the Maryland Crab Bowl on Monday, Dec. 21.
Zach Zwinak, Sr., Linganore
Details: Few players in Maryland took over a game when it mattered most like Zwinak did this season. The Penn State commit rushed for 848 yards and nine touchdowns in Linganore's playoff run to the Class 3A state championship -- accounting for 42 percent of his total yards this season. The Frederick News Post Offensive Player of the Year, Zwinak rushed for 2,019 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, helping Linganore to a 14-0 season and the No. 1 ranking in the MDVarsity.com High School Football Media State Poll.
Max Coale, Sr., River Hill
Robby Havenstein, Sr., Linganore
Shane Johnson, Sr., DeMatha
Details: Johnson is one of two DeMatha offensive linemen on the Consensus All-State Team. Johnson was a WCAC and Prince George's County Gazette first-team selection after helping anchor a Stags offensive line that produced 2,500 rushing yards this season. Johnson committed to Pittsburgh after holding offers from more than 20 schools across the country.
Arie Kouandjio, Sr., DeMatha
Hussam Ouri, Sr., Broadneck
Brandon Coleman, Sr., Bishop McNamara
Ronnie Harris, Sr., Arundel
Ivan Tagoe, Sr., Paint Branch
Darius Jennings, Jr., Gilman
Michael Branthover, Jr., DeMatha
Details: The junior will be one of the most coveted punter/kicker recruits in recent Maryland history. He dropped five kicks insside the 20 in the WCAC final. He also converted six of eight field goal attempts this season and had a long of 44 yards. The Washington Post and P.G. Gazette first-team selection, Branthover made 51 of 52 extra point attempts and had a streak this season of sending 32 straight kickoffs into the end zone.
Details: A consistent performer on River Hill's defense the past few years, Erdman was key to the team's 40-game win streak. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Erdman was selected to the Baltimore Sun All-Met first team and Washington Post second team after recording 86 tackles (24 for loss), 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Erdman has been looking at several Division II schools.
Anthony Ferguson, Sr., Gilman
Troy Gloster, Sr., Good Counsel
Anthony McDaniel, Sr., Henry Wise
A.J. Bowman, Sr., Good Counsel
Connor Crowell, Jr., North Point
Nick Forbes, Sr., Thomas Johnson
Jim Poggi, Sr., Gilman
Kevin Johnson, Sr., River Hill
Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., Suitland
Details: The 6-foot, 180-pound Johnson was the anchor of a Suitland defense that that allowed only 72 points in the regular season. Johnson earned P.G. Gazette first-team and Washington Post second-team honors this season after recording 99 tackles and four interceptions. The senior is committed to play football at the University of Maryland.
Matt Robinson, Sr., Atholton
Titus Till, Sr., Henry Wise
Louis Young, Sr., Good Counsel
John Carpenter, Sr., Allegany
Alex Eckard, Sr., Linganore
CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Marc Mesaros, Eastern Tech
Details: Mesaros led Eastern Tech to three straight Class 2A championship games between 2007 and 2009, and got his first state championship trophy this year with a 16-8 victory over Queen Anne's. The Mavericks had wins over Hereford, Milford Mill, Catonsville, Patuxent and Douglass-PG this season. Mesaros is the second-winningest head coach in Baltimore County behind Hereford's Steve Turnbaugh.
Doug Williams, Catoctin