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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Best of The Rest - Honorable Mention Pre-Season Top 20

Jordan Sanders OL/DL Rochester Hills Adams (Sr.) - could be most underrated player in the county. easily in the discussion for best two way player in the area and someone who will end up playing at the next level.

Francois Matthews RB/DB Auburn Hills Avondale (Sr.) - slippery runner with a flair to his game. will make a run at being the best back in the county, yardage wise. small, but deceptively strong.

Lake Orion Trio: Mike Nelson WR (SR), Sean Charrette QB (SOPH.) , Marques Stevenson (Jr.) - along with battering-ram Kym Bruce, this trio of Dragons could make up the most explosive offensive unit in the entire Metro Detroit area. Watch out for lanky and sure-handed split-end Zack Zott, replacing end zone-hungry wideout Mike Lott, opposite Nelson in the Dragons' passing game this season, to make some noise for Orion's "O" too.

Phil Galloway RB/LB/S Royal Oak Shrine (Sr.) - with the departure of all-CHSL tailback Anthony Cade, Galloway will carry the load for the Knights offense this year. He might not be as fast as Cade was, but Galloway will bruise his way to at least 1000 yds in '09.

Mike Sullivan QB Waterford Our Lady of The Lake (Jr.) - led the Lakers to a spot in the playoffs as a sophomore and there is more to come from this pass-happy Laker, whose poise and touch with the ball make it look like head coach Mike Boyd will be stretching the field a little more than he's traditionally used to doing over the next two seasons.

Gary Hunter WR/DB Orchard Lk. St. Mary's (SR.) - look for a breakout year for Hunter, playing in the shadow of some great athletes the past few years, as he takes on the roll as number one option for blue-chip qb Robert Bolden (penn st) in the Eaglets' always=potent passing game.

Jeff De Claire RB Birmingham Brother Rice (Sr.) - will get a bulk of the carries in the Brother Rice running game this year after sharing touches with Danny Henneghan last season. his yds. per carry (nearly 5)_over his varsity career is all you have to know about this kid. 

Deavon Robinson RB (Jr.) & Maurice Davenport RB/FB (Sr.) Southfield - Robinson and Davenport, two big, aggressive backs, could give the Blue Jays the most dangerous two-back set in the area.   

Keith Moore QB Oak Park (Jr.) - could be the surprise of the '09 season. more refined passing skills than his predecessor, Brandon Woods, who was a stat-monger in his own right, with significant more ability to elude the rush and make something happen on the run. showed impressive in spot duty last year and will team with speedster Daryl Flemister, another junior, to make up one of the most feared passing combo the Oak Park football program has ever seen.

Tyler Scarlett QB Clarkston (Sr.) - smart and savvy field general, who is a bonafide leader in the lockeroom and knows how to get it done in the clutch,

Josh Harris QB Birmingham Detroit Country Day (Jr.) - can hurt opponents with his arm or his feet and has a flair for the dramatic. 

Deonte Cooper QB Ferndale (SR.) - cagey signal caller with a presence in the huddle hard to find at the high school level. physical player, who likes contact, and can run the option and wildcat formations with tremendous ease.

Kevin Bolhuis QB Stoney Creek (Sr.)  multi-sports talent that runs his team's offense to perfection.  will miss his primary protector the last two seasons, OL Eric Fisher, off to play at Central Michigan, but has the know-how to keep the SC competitive and in contention for a playoff spot.


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