2016 will see some great linebackers returning to 806 play, including Dayne Douglass; the DI-Caliber prospect from Canyon. Read below as we detail the top run-stuffers and tacklers in the 806 that return to the field this fall!
806 TOP RETURNING LINEBACKERS FOR 2016
(NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
1. DAYNE DOUGLASS- CANYON EAGLES
A 6′ 3″, 225lb Linebacker that runs a 4.7 in the 40… Goodness! He had a game last year against Tascosa where tallied 25 tackles, 12 of those being solo. He finished the year with 130 tackles, three sacks and four total touchdowns. Already drawing interest from several Division One schools, including Texas State, expect more offers to come rolling in for Dayne as Canyon will go deep in the playoffs again this fall.
Here is Dayne’s highlights from the 25-tackle game against Tascosa.
2. DEREK DITTO- DUMAS DEMONS
A 6′ 3″ 215 pound Mike Linebacker from Dumas ended up with 94 tackles and an Honorable Mention All-State selection in his Junior campaign. He will be ultra-dominant for the Demons defense and a key cog to stopping the running game and all the elite players they will see in a stacked 3-5A district. Dumas will make the playoffs this year and Ditto will be a major reason for it.
3. JAYTON BENNETT- RANDALL RAIDERS
Jayton Bennett comes into his senior season looking to build on his first team all-district selection last year when he posted 132 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Raiders. They are predicted to finish first in 3-5A, and how can they not be picked; making to the Regional Semifinal for the last two years in a row before losing to Aledo both times. Jayton will make first team all-district, and expect some highlight tackles again in 2016.
4. MIGUEL RANGEL- BORGER BULLDOGS
Miguel is an ultimate warrior in its truest form. The Borger Bulldog barked up and down the field all year and made 160 tackles and had two interceptions! Watching his film will give anyone a jolt of excitement! In one play against Seminole last year he blocked a punt, threw a vicious block for the Borger player returning the block, and got up ready to do some more damage! He should land on an all-state team for coach Day, and may lead the Bulldogs back into the playoffs for 2016.
5. CHRISTIAN PEREZ- LEVELLAND LOBOS
Standing in at 5′ 10″ and 180 pounds, he is everywhere on the field. In Coach Sanderson’s defense you have to be really good to be starting as a sophomore, and that’s just what Christian did last year! 93 tackles on the season and was in on a plethora of devastating blocks for the Lobos. He will anchor the defense alongside Braden Price and should be right back in the third round of he playoffs, if not further this fall.
6. BRADEY PORTER- PAMPA HARVESTERS
Porter was a sophomore last year in Poynor’s defense and had 69 solo tackles, 62 assisted tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two forced and recovered fumbles, and an interception to boot. Expect bigger things from Brady this fall as his team is expected to go on another deep run in the playoffs this year!
7. DARIUS KYLE- BROWNFIELD CUBS
Darius is more known for his elusive skills on the basketball court, but I have a feeling he will have a breakout year at outside linebacker for Coach Welps’ Cubs. 6′ 6″ and 215 pounds.. That’s crazy size! If he has a great year, due to his measurables, he will draw plenty of Division One interest. Just remember when he has a crazy year, I told you so!
8. XAVIER RIVERA- PERRYTON RANGERS
Let’s not forget that he plays tackle as well and is damn good at it! Xavier had 124 tackles last year for Perryton as they went three rounds deep in 2015 with expectations that they will do it all over again this year. A key plug on the Rangers’ lines of scrimmage, we will see Rivera on multiple all-state teams this fall.
9. DONAVON GUITERREZ- MULESHOE MULES
Donovan is a beast. A beast with unfinished business for the Mules as they bring back at least four all-state caliber players on the defensive side of the ball. A player with a motor, he will be relied upon to anchor the linebacking core for Muleshoe this year. He racked up 140 tackles last year, and should get 150 this year. Get ready for some mule’ing from Donovan this fall!
10. HOLTON HUFSTEDLER- CANADIAN WILDCATS
Holton, standing at 6′ 1″, 220 pounds and running a 4.9 in the 40, had 205 tackles last year and five sacks! A presence on both sides of the ball, he opens up holes on offense and closes them quickly on defense. He more than did his part for the Wildcats and will be the leader in the defensive backfield again as the Wildcats attempt to three-peat in football in 1-3A DII.
11. CADE THROGMORTON- CANADIAN WILDCATS
Out of all the primetime players on Canadian’s team last year, he was the State Defensive MVP in the 2A DI victory over Refugio. He is 5′ 9″, 170 pounds and runs a 4.7 in the 40. He totaled 130 tackles and seven sacks for Canadian and will have even larger numbers this year too.
12. TEAGAN COOKSEY- ROOSEVELT EAGLES
Teagan’s already huge load just got bigger with the departure of Zyketh Campbell to Lubbock-Cooper. He can tote the load, as evidenced by his 120 tackles and five sacks last year. He can run the ball with anger, and hit you in the mouth as a linebacker. He will be the leader of this young team, headed by a new coach this fall as well. He will answer the bell as Roosevelt will make the playoffs this year, unlike last year’s disappointing season.
OTHER LINEBACKERS TO WATCH:
MASON MONTOYA- CORONADO MUSTANGS
COBEE HARRISON- SPEARMAN LYNX
SETH WOOD- CORONADO MUSTANGS
GAGE BROOKS- STRATFORD ELKS
COLBY NEELY- PANHANDLE PANTHERS
BRANDON CORONADO- NEW DEAL LIONS
MICHAEL PHERGUSON- POST ANTELOPES
HOLDEN GUEST- WHEELER MUSTANGS (1,337 yds passing, 1,074 yds rushing, 97 tackles)
MATTHEW HAASE- MEMPHIS CYCLONES
ZACK JUAREZ- SPRINGLAKE-EARTH WOLVERINES
MARCO GODINEZ- SUDAN HORNETS
DIANTE LOTT-SEAGRAVES EAGLES
KEVIN WHITE-TAHOKA BULLDOGS
ZACH COSTANZO- FRENSHIP TIGERS
PRESTON BRADIC- TASCOSA REBELS