PRESEASON ALL-AREA: DEFENSE
DL J.T. Williams, Ryan, Sr.
Argyle’s star inside linebacker is entering his fourth year playing at the varsity level. Sizelove, who has committed to Kansas State, racked up 140 tackles, including seven behind the line of scrimmage and should be in for a big senior year.
LB Demontrie Taylor, Guyer, Sr.
DL Micah Capra, Argyle, Sr.
After finishing second on the team in 2012 with 150 tackles, an interception and four fumble recoveries, the undersized outside linebacker showed he has a nose for the football. Head coach John Walsh expects even bigger numbers this fall.
Capra becomes one of the leaders on Argyle’s defensive line after having a breakout year in 2012. Capra finished last season with 86 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble and should build on those totals as a senior.
DL Thomas Ferguson, Guyer, Sr.
LB, Matt Marrs, Liberty, Sr.
A three-year starter, Ferguson enters his senior year coming off a 10-sack season that also saw him rack up 67 tackles as a defensive end for Guyer. He finished with 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and 12 quarterback hurries.
Last season’s leading tackler, Marrs will anchor the Warriors’ 4-3 defense. Head coach Greg Price is impressed with his reliability and work ethic and said his standout from last season should lead the team in tackles again this fall.
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer, Jr.
DB Trey Woods, Guyer, Jr.
Thompson looked to be full of potential as a starting sophomore defensive tackle for last year’s state championship squad. He racked up 57 tackles with 11 coming behind the line of scrimmage to go with a pair of sacks and 13 quarterback hurries.
As a sophomore a year ago, Woods was thrust into starting duty at cornerback, and it didn’t take long for him to grow into that role. Woods finished the year with 81 tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage, and broke up 10 passes.
DB Reese Thompson, Argyle, Sr.
LB Colton Hinnrichs, Argyle, Sr.
LB Cole Carpenter, Ryan, Sr. Carpenter moved up to Ryan’s varsity squad in the middle of last season and finished the year as one of Ryan’s biggest assets. Carpenter compiled 56 tackles in the team’s last four games, including 17 tackles in a playoff loss to Cedar Hill.
LB Sam Sizelove, Argyle, Sr.
Williams had a strong junior year and should build on it in 2013. Ryan’s standout defensive tackle tallied 12 tackles for loss, four sacks and 91 total tackles last season. Williams and the rest of Ryan’s defensive line will give opponents fits.
Don’t overlook Hinnrichs, who became a capable starter for the Eagles in 2012. The Argyle linebacker compiled 115 tackles, five sacks and seven tackles for loss. Hinnrichs and fellow linebacker Sam Sizelove form a formidable duo.
August 29, 2013
The Dallas Morning News/Sarah Hoffman
Argyle defensive back Connor Wilson will be among the leaders for the Eagles’ defense this season. Wilson, pictured at Eagle Stadium during the first practice of the fall on Aug. 5, has committed to Kansas State and will try to help lead Argyle to the state title before he continues his career on the college level.
Player of the Year: DB Connor Wilson, Argyle It was easy to pick who the area’s top newcomer was last season. Wilson came to Argyle from Coppell and established himself as the area’s top defensive back. He finished the year with eight interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. Wilson also piled up 126 tackles and four fumble recoveries in his junior year. Over the summer, Wilson’s potential was validated when he orally committed to Kansas State. Wilson suffered a hip-related injury in a playoff win over Melissa and missed the Eagles’ ensuing loss to Gilmer in the 3A Division II regional semifinals. At the start of this fall’s practice, Wilson said he’s healthy heading into his senior season. If Wilson and the rest of Argyle’s stout defense can stay healthy, the Eagles should be in position to make a run at their first state championship.
Thompson is experienced after starting for Argyle for two seasons and is one of the top cornerbacks in the area. Last season, he swatted away 18 passes, amassed 51 tackles, posted an interception and returned a punt for a touchdown.
DB, JonAaron Howell, Liberty, Jr. Howell is versatile and will see time at cornerback, running back and wide receiver. The junior is one of Liberty’s fastest players and is intelligent, Liberty head coach Greg Price said. Liberty will lean on Howell as it looks to build on a 7-5 season.
Football 2013 is the Denton Record-Chronicle's look at the upcoming football season for the University of North Texas Mean Green and Denton...