2011 Star Times football offensive team
The Star Times all-area football offense, selected from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in the Metro League and WesCo conferences.
QB, 6-5, 210, Jr.
Browne lit up the stat sheet again this season, completing 273 of 383 passes for 3,813 yards and 43 touchdowns with only five interceptions. The KingCo 4A Crest Division Offensive Player of the Year and two-time Star Times quarterback completed just over 70 percent of his passes, leading the Spartans back to the Tacoma Dome for the Class 4A state-championship game.
RB, 5-7, 180, Sr.
It was a season to remember for the senior, who set the state's season rushing record with 2,681 yards over 12 games. He passed Ferndale's Matthias Wilson, who finished with 2,676 yards over 14 games in 1997. Todd rushed for 791 yards and eight touchdowns in two state playoff games.
RB, 6-0, 185, Sr.
The first-team KingCo 4A Crest Division running back rushed for 1,706 yards (9.4 per carry) and a school-record 25 touchdowns. His 92-yard touchdown run in the season opener against Central Kitsap was the longest play in school history. As talented as he is at running back, he will probably play defensive back at the next level and has Pac-12 scholarship offers from Colorado and Utah.
WR, 5-11, 187, Sr.
Pernell was one of the most electrifying players on a talent-laden team that went 10-1. Good for nearly 130 all-purpose yards each game, he was a first-team All-SPSL 4A North choice on offense and defense and voted Defensive Back of the Year. Has a baseball scholarship to Washington State.
WR, 5-11, 185, Sr.
Whether it was catching passes, returning kicks or playing defense, Gasca was all over the field for Lake Stevens this season. He caught 80 passes for 1,308 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also returned four punts and two interceptions for scores and broke every school receiving record.
TE, 6-6, 245, Sr.
After converting from quarterback midway through his junior season, Smith developed into big-time recruit at tight end and committed to Oregon State. He averaged nearly 100 receiving yards per game and was named All-Purpose Player of the Year in the SPSL 4A North Division.
OL, 6-4, 270, Sr.
The KingCo 3A/2A Lineman of the Year gave a verbal commitment to Oregon State before the season started. He is as tough as they come, a state-champion wrestler who played with a chip on his shoulder as he led the Wildcats to the state playoffs.
OL, 6-5, 270, Sr.
The 2012 recruiting class is loaded with linemen and Dean, who has committed to Washington, is one of the top prospects in the state. The three-year starter was the Rebels' leader on the line.
OL, 6-3, 215, Sr.
Shober's forte is linebacker. It's probably where he will play in college. However, when the Wildcats needed a tough yard, Shober, who has a 3.98 grade-point average, was in the game on the offensive line. The first-team All-Cascade Conference selection on both sides of the ball had 130 tackles — 15 for loss — and six sacks on defense.
OL, 6-4, 285, Sr.
The Metro League Mountain Division Offensive Lineman of the Year helped blow open holes for standout running backs like Tatum Taylor and Jayshawn Jordan. The Washington State recruit, who has a 3.8 GPA, has been a three-year starter for the Irish.
OL, 6-4, 290, Sr.
The first-team KingCo 3A/2A offensive lineman has been a two-year starter at center for Bellevue. Wolverines assistant head coach Pat Jones calls him "the quarterback of the offensive line," praising his agility and explosiveness.
All-purpose, 6-2, 195, Sr.
Nelson put up huge numbers, completing 233 of 331 passes for 2,988 yards and 31 touchdowns, setting numerous records along the way. He also rushed for 732 yards and 16 touchdowns and even found a way to contribute on defense.
Cameron Van Winkle
K, 5-10, 160, Jr.
Van Winkle kicked his way into the state record books as a junior. He is already No. 2 all-time in career field goals with 29 in 33 games. He also set the record for field goals in a season with 18 in 11 games. Of the 18, six were from 42 yards or longer, with his longest from 49.
In Maxwell's eighth year at Woodinville, his Falcons put together the school's first 12-win season, carried by the improved play of a strong senior class. After back-to-back 4-5 seasons, Woodinville made a big jump in 2011 and the defense matched a school record with four shutouts.
Mason Kelley and Sandy Ringer
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