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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.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Decade of Dominance - Part 4

OC All-Decade - TE

1 Jason Jones (Southfield-Lathrup) - A remarkable talent on both sides of the ball, Jones caught 8 TD's as a senior in 2003 from his tight end position with the Chargers. Earned 3rd Team All-American and first time all-conference honors in college at Eastern Michigan as a defensive end and was drafted into the NFL in 2007 as a second round pick by the Tennessee Titans, a team he is currently under contract with. He was also an all-state hoopster with Lathrup in the early-2000's as well.

2 Charles Davis (OLSM) - won a pair of state titles with the Eaglets in the late-90s and early-2000s and eventually went on to have a very good college career in the BIG Ten at Purdue, where he was named 2nd team all-conference as a senior in 2004. Davis, also a stud basketball player on a state title Eaglets hoop squad, was drafted into the NFL in 2005 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 5th round. He is currently still playing professionally and has suited up for a variety of NFL and CFL squads in his career thus far.

3 Charlie Gannt (Brother Rice) - could easily be the best blocking tight end of the decade, but this kid was a gamer catching the ball in the prep ranks too, demonstrated by his game-winning TD grab in the 2005 state title game at Ford Field. In high school with the Warriors, Gannt was also a top-rate linebacker on defense. Currently, Gannt is a starter at Michigan State. Last season, he earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors while catching 22 passes for 30 yards and 2 TD's.

4 Dion Sims (OL St. Mary's) - A pure talent on the gridiron as any I've ever seen. Sims will be a star in college at Michigan State before his career is over - he caught 3 Tds as a true freshman in 2009. As a prepster, he was named first team all-state as a junior, leading the Eaglets to the state title game in 2007, catching 30 balls for 600 yds, with a 20 yard per catch average. He was also an all-state basketball player as a junior and senior for the Eaglets in 2008 and 2009. St. Mary's has been a hotbed for Tight End talent this decade with Davis, Sims and Chris McLaurin (MSU)

5 Brian Hewitt (Lake Orion) - a '05 grad from Lake Orion, Hewitt was a standout blocker and pass catcher for the Dragons in the early-2000s, garnering all-state honors as a senior prior to going on to a stellar career in college at Hillsdale.


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