2012 All-Aiken Standard Football First Team

  • Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 2:56 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 2:59 p.m.

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback – Jauveer Hammond, Strom Thurmond, Junior

In his first season replacing a three-year starter, all Jauveer did was pass for more than 1,700 yards (second in the area) and rush for more than 1,500 (fifth in the area) while leading his team to 12 wins in a row.

Running Back – Darius Hammond, Strom Thurmond, Senior

Darius showed no ill effects from a broken leg last year and was the most feared player in the area with the ball in his hands, gaining more than 2,300 yards of total offense and was the leading rusher for the victorious South team in the Shrine Bowl.

Running Back – DeVonte Pressley, North Augusta, Senior

Pressley had big shoes to fill in the Yellow Jackets’ backfield and kept the team from missing a beat, running for a shade less than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Wide Receiver – Ty’kim Brooks, Strom Thurmond, Senior

Brooks was the area’s top receiver by a long stretch with 61 receptions for 1,026 yards and 11 touchdowns, many coming of the spectacular variety.

Wide Receiver – DeAndre Schoultz, South Aiken, Senior

Schoultz was a dynamic playmaker with 50 receptions for 732 yards and two touchdowns to go with 391 yards rushing and two more scores and was a North-South All-Star Game participant.

Wide Receiver – Obrien (OB) Gilliam, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Senior

Gilliam was the go-to man on the Trojans’ offense with 29 receptions for 561 yards – an average of better than 19 yards per reception – and eight touchdowns.

Offensive Line – Parker Collins, North Augusta, Senior

Collins was an All-Region 5-AAAA selection and a North-South All-Star Game participant who opened holes for Pressley and protected three productive quarterbacks.

Offensive Line – Jake Whitley, North Augusta, Sophomore

Whitley was the opposite bookend to Collins on the Yellow Jackets’ line and was just as vital to the offense’s success as any player in a black and gold uniform.

Offensive Line – Gyasi Yeldell, Silver Bluff, Junior

Yeldell was an ironman for the Bulldogs and was one of the few players nominated for All-Aiken Standard by more than his own coach. His presence was sorely missed after a late-season injury.

Offensive Line – Taylor Hearn, Williston-Elko, Junior

Hearn’s weighing offers from Clemson and North Carolina because he was a massive factor on the offensive line, but he also showed his nimbleness by serving as the Blue Devil’s place kicker and punter.

Offensive Line – Montel Webb, Strom Thurmond, Senior

Webb was a North-South All-Star Game participant who opened holes for both Hammonds to run through and even delivered a stirring rendition of the national anthem before one Rebel game this season.

Athlete – Jarius Jenkins, Williston-Elko, Sophomore

Jenkins was second only to Pressley in total rushing yards (1,593) but six of his 28 touchdowns came on receptions or kick returns, and he also played on the Blue Devils’ defensive line at times.

Place Kicker/Punter – Pedro Zambrano, Silver Bluff, Senior

Zambrano was selected for both kicking positions because led the area with a 37-yard net punting average and connected on four field goals, including a last-second 40-yarder in a 31-29 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive Line – Brandon Maddox, North Augusta, Junior

Maddox, an All-Region 5-AAAA selection, towers over most opponents and had 80 tackles playing on the Yellow Jackets’ defensive front.

Defensive Line – Johntavious Jackson, Strom Thurmond, Senior

Rebels head coach Lee Sawyer said Jackson was the crucial member of his team’s defense, which only surrendered an average of 12 points per game this season.

Defensive Line – Jahmaya Jenkins, Williston-Elko, Senior

Jenkins was a participant in the North-South All-Star Game and the CSRA All-Star Senior Bowl after a season where he had 58 tackles and three sacks.

Defensive Line – Robert Davis, Aiken, Senior

A four-year starter on the Hornets’ defensive front, Davis battled through injuries to record 28 tackles this season. Davis was also a vocal leader on the sidelines for Aiken.

Linebacker – Aaron Cook, Strom Thurmond, Senior

Cook is physically imposing, tremendously fast and intelligent enough to know where the ball is going to make 79 tackles and play in the North-South Shrine Bowl.

Linebacker – Kris Howard, North Augusta, Junior

Howard led all area players with 182 tackles, displaying a tremendous nose for the ball and a willingness to give up his body to make a play. He’ll return to a talented Jackets’ front next year.

Linebacker – Omari El, Silver Bluff, Senior

El trailed only Howard among area tacklers, recording 131 stops this season as he persevered while teammates around him were felled by injuries.

Defensive Back – Trey Morgan, North Augusta, Senior

It’s hard to see a player as versatile as Morgan, who collected three interceptions while recording 119 tackles including 18 in his final game. He was a North-South selection and was the Region 5-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Defensive Back – Hykeem Brooks, Strom Thurmond, Senior

Brooks’ four interceptions tied him for second-best among area players and he was the safety net at the back of the Rebel defense, stopping plays from becoming big ones.

Defensive Back – Leon Simmons, Aiken, Senior

Simmons was a tough tackler who put fear into opposing receivers and quarterbacks that threw in his direction, tying for tops among area players with five interceptions.

Defensive Back – Jaylen Lawrence, Silver Bluff, Junior

Lawrence had four picks for the Bulldogs, but was quick to come to the line to deliver a jarring hit on opposing running backs, recording 40 tackles this season.

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