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January 15, 2002
The Riddell Footwear All-American Team
Top players, coaches named to Riddell Footwear All-American Football Team
The best high school football players and coaches from throughout the country have been named to the 2001 Riddell Footwear All-American Football Team. The 22-member team as well as six regional coaches and one national coach of the year represent an elite group of players and coaches from throughout the nation.
Riddell Footwear is proud to sponsor this team which recognizes the best of the best in high school football. The heritage of Riddell Footwear is in football, so our association with the team is very fitting and gratifying, said Chip Walther, national sales manager at Riddell Footwear.
Nominations for the team were made by position bi-weekly throughout the football season, and were found along with in-depth profiles about each candidate on both RivalsHigh.com and Rivals100.com. After careful evaluation, the final selections were announced this week.
The players were chosen based not only on athletic ability and performance, but also on their hard work and dedication to become the best football players they can be, said Bobby Burton, director of network development for Rivals.com. This is obviously a tremendous honor for these young people. To be picked from tens of thousands to be one of an elite group of 22 is an awesome achievement.
In evaluating the nations best coaches, we were looking for those that either have a long tradition of success or who really did something special with their team this year. We think the six coaches selected epitomize what is good about high school coaching today.
Quarterback - Vincent Young, Houston (Texas) Madison High School
Running Back Lorenzo Booker Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure High School
Running Back Gerald Riggs Jr. Chattanooga (Tenn.) Red Bank High School
Wide Receiver Ryan Moore Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High School
Wide Receiver Rhema McKnight LaPalma (Calif.) Kennedy High School
Tight End Curtis Justus Perry (Okla.) High School
Offensive Line Derek Landri Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School
Offensive Line Brandon Jeffries Shelby (N.C.) Crest High School
Offensive Line Derek Morris Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg High School
Offensive Line Kyle Williams Dallas (Texas) Highland Park High School
Kolodziej Joliet (Ill.) Catholic High School
Defensive Line Haloti Ngata Salt Lake City (Utah) Highlands High School
Defensive Line Tamba Hali Teaneck (N.J.) High School
Defensive Line Rodrique Wright Alief (Texas) Hastings High School
Defensive Line Julian Jenkins College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy
Linebacker Mike DAndrea Avon Lake (Ohio) High School
Linebacker Nate Harris Miami (Fla.) Edison High School
Linebacker Ricardo Harley Greenwood (S.C.) High School
Defensive Back Leon Washington Jacksonville (Fla.) Jackson High School
Defensive Back Chris Davis St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic High School
Defensive Back Darnell Bing Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School
Defensive Back Darren Williams Clarksdale (Miss.) High School
South Dean Boyd, Bennettsville (S.C.) Marlboro County High School
Southwest Alan Trimble Jenks (Okla.) High School
Atlantic Butch Simpson Newark (Dela.) High School
East Mark Schmidt Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy High School
Midwest Jim Lemen St. Louis John Burroughs High School
West Bob Ladouceur Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School
National Coach of the Year
Bob Ladouceur Concord (Calif.) De La Salle High School
For more on the coaches, please follow this link to the coach bios.
For more information, contact: Bobby Burton at (713) 880-0452 or Chip Walther at (314) 432-7171.