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2012 ALBANY HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN

Hakeem Porter --- Monroe

Height: 6-4.

Weight: 320.

Year: Senior.

Position: Offensive line.

Why he’s here: Graded out at 89 percent and had 32 pancake blocks last season. He’s a two-time Dynamite Dozen selection who is being looked at by several Division I schools after coming off a monster year as the leader of Monroe’s offensive line.


Charles Stafford --- Monroe

Height: 6-3.

Weight: 220.

Year: Junior.

Position: Quarterback.

Why he’s here: Has one of the most accurate arms in Georgia and is already on everybody’s radar after his sophomore year when he threw for 2,564 yards and 23 touchdowns, leading Monroe to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.


Anthony Smith --- Monroe

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Height: 6-2.

Weight: 225.

Year: Senior.

Position: Linebacker.

Why he’s here: Is the leader of Monroe’s defense this year after leading the team in tackles with 114 last season, including 21 for losses and two sacks. He also had an interception to help lead Monroe to the second round of the playoffs.


Don Mills --- Westover

Height: 6-1.

Weight: 215.

Year: Senior.

Position: Linebacker.

Why he’s here: Made 118 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble as a junior. Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and others are all looking at Mills, who led Westover in tackles and is the undisputed leader of the Patriots’ defense. He also has a 4.0 GPA.


Dalviness Greene --- Westover

Height: 5-11.

Weight: 185.

Year: Senior.

Position: Running back.

Why he’s here: Had a pair of 200-yard games last season, and — despite playing in only seven games because of an injury — still rushed for 1,021 yards and led the team with 10 touchdowns.


Emmanul Byrd --- Albany High

Height: 6-4.

Weight: 215.

Year: Senior.

Position: QB/DB.

Why he’s here: A four-year starter and leader of the Indians. He completed 83 percent of his passes last year for more than 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns, and he is expected to be even more productive this season as he gets looks from several colleges. He also has a 3.5 GPA.


Juwon Young --- Albany high

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 225.

Year: Junior.

Position: Linebacker.

Why he’s here: Is already getting serious looks from Auburn, Florida and other major schools as only a rising junior and is expected to be an even bigger force this year than he was last season when he made 100 tackles as a sophomore, including 20 for loss and nine sacks.


Terry Lewis --- Bainbridge

Height: 5-11.

Weight: 175.

Year: Senior.

Position: RB.

Why he’s here: Was a big reason Bainbridge had such a big turnaround season last year as the Bearcats went 8-2 in the regular season and made the playoffs. Lewis returns as the featured back in the veer offense after gaining 1,066 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.


Kh’Ron McClain --- Deerfield

Height: 5-9.

Weight: 170.

Year: Senior.

Position: RB/DB.

Why he’s here: Had a huge season as a junior, gaining 427 yards on 56 carries (7.62 per carry) and seven TDs. As DWS’ speedy dual threat, he also caught 18 passes for 394 yards and four TDs and had seven interceptions, running two back for TDs to lead DWS to the state semifinals. He was also named to the GISA Class AAA All-State team.


Marlin Hall --- Worth County

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 190.

Year: Senior.

Position: DB.

Why he’s here: The leader of the Rams’ defense and a four-year starter. Hall had three interceptions and made 58 tackles last season, including three for losses, and he might see time on offense this season as well.


Kenneth Hurley --- Lee County

Height: 5-9.

Weight: 170.

Year: Senior.

Position: RB.

Why he’s here: Was Lee County’s go-to running back last year and is versatile enough to shine in Lee County’s spread offense. He rushed for 618 yards on 97 carries (6.3 yards per carry) and also had 200 receiving yards. He will be used even more this year and could combine for 1,200 yards or more.


Jacori Taylor --- Early County

Height: 6-2.

Weight: 180.

Year: Senior.

Position: Quarterback.

Why he’s here: Is a dual threat under center and can do it all. Taylor completed 80 passes for 1,171 yards and eight TDs and rushed for 624 yards on 174 carries (3.6 yards per carry) and a TD last year.

Comments

ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 11 months ago

I know there are always arguments about who is/isn't on the list. You missed a couple at DWS, though. Big Pat Forrestal (6'4", 300?...staight A student, perhaps will attend the Naval Academy) that anchors the line of scrimmage and Matthew Fox (12 sacks as a sophmore....had two and a fumble recovery in the first game). Anyway...good luck to all area teams.

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The_Dude 1 year, 11 months ago

Who would you replace on this list with those two? Both good players, especially Fox, but only 12 spots to fill with over 1,000 players to choose. I can also list several players (Jackson-Pelham, Bolden-Randolph Clay, Scott-Terrell Co., Benton-Americus, Stroud-Lee, Edore-Westwood, Wardrip-TAE) that could have been on the list.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 11 months ago

I didn't suggest that anyone be replaced. Read again, I said..."there are always arguments about who is/isn't on the list..." I don't know enough about the others to make that suggestion. Plus, I'm not risking life and limb to go to Hugh-Mills to watch AHS or WHS to find out!

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The_Dude 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah, I can read. Pretty clear you said they "missed" on two, suggesting the two you mentioned should have been on the list. But I'm with you on going to Hugh Mills.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

This list must be bias because it isn't very diverse. Please do over. If this were a list of those who were given academic awards or civic awards and everybody was white there would be an outcry. If there's a dozen people on the list, shouldn't there be about 15% of the people on the list white based on SOWEGA demographics? That would work out to 12 x .15 = 1.8 which rounds to 2. Otherwise you would have to think there is some kind of racial bias at work here.

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