50. Broken Arrow (Okla.)
DE Chris Wade (6-6, 225)
DL Matt Rinehart (5-9, 245)
QB David Reinke (5-9, 170)
RB Brent Jones (5-9, 175)
DE John Angeri (5-11, 225)
Analysis: So just how good was Union? Well, consider Broken Arrow, which sent nine players on to college football from last year's state runner-up team, lost to Union, 52-3, in the final and that gives a slight indicatation.
Broken Arrow returns four players on each side of the ball, including Jones, the team's leading rusher. Broken Arrow figures to move Reinke from RB/WR to quarterback this year to run the offense.
Broken Arrow has plenty returning linemen, but must sure up the linebackers and defensive backs in order to make another run deep into the Oklahoma playoffs.
49. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
WR/DB/KR Douglas Dutch (6-2, 185)
OG/DT Manuel Marshall (6-3, 280)
OT/DT Luke Waring (6-5, 305)
DB Bernie McKeever (6-3, 185)
QB John Reardon (6-2, 170)
OT/DT Robert Garvis (6-3, 305)
OL/NG Justin Scurlock (5-10, 295)
*WR Paul Johnson (6-5, 175)
*TE Charles Young (6-6, 250)
*RB/LB Joe Taylor (6-2, 215)
Analysis: Gonzaga toppled perennial league power DeMatha -- not once, but twice -- last year to inherit the throne. With key players like Dutch, Marshall, Waring and Reardon back in the mix, the Eagles are favored for another title run.
Dutch and Taylor will be a perfect 1-2 punch for the Eagles' offense. The highly recruited Dutch is a threat to score any time he touches the ball with his 10.4 100-meter track speed. Taylor can pound the ball inside.
Gonzaga has built a schedule that with another undefeated season will merit high FAB 50 consideration. The Eagles have scheduled both the preseason No. 1 -- Georgetown Prep -- and No. 2 -- DeMatha -- teams in Maryland.
Gonzaga has been a perennial contender with the WCAC (formerly known as the Metro Conference), but amazingly, last year's 10-0 season was the program's first perfect season since 1926.
48. Tyler Lee (Tyler, Texas)
FB Keondra Smith (6-0, 205)
DE Nic Redwine (6-2, 220)
CB Quentin Gardner (5-9, 180)
TB Tyrone Ross (5-9, 175)
TE Brandon Pettigrew (6-5, 235)
CB Martel Van Zant (6-2, 190)
DE Jason Miller (6-2, 205)
*QB Josh Hill (5-10, 170)
Analysis: Tyler Lee should be in the running for a strong season, considering, its top three prospects all committed to major college programs during their junior year in high school. Smith and Gardner verbaled to Texas A&M and Redwine opted for rival Texas.
Tyler Lee returns six on offense and five on defense from a 10-win team.
The team is deep in receivers, but to make a strong state showing must replace graduated starters along the offensive line and at quarterback.
Tyler Lee will find its place in the state rankings quite early with a league schedule that includes Fab 50 No. 3 Lufkin, Longview and John Tyler.
47. Mullen (Denver, Colo.)
QB Conor Rauschelback (6-3, 210)
Analysis: Mullen and Logan — this could be the perfect match.
For years, plenty of preseason hype was bestowed on the program because of its talent. However, once each season got going, some other program emerged as the state's best.
Quite often, the "other" program was coached by Dave Logan, whether it was during his seven-year stint at Arvada West or more recently at Chatfield. Over the past 10 years, Logan, a former NFL standout with the Cleveland Browns, has guided six teams to the Colorado state semifinals and twice came away champions.
Logan and his entire staff left Chatfield following the 2002 season and moved to Mullen, which first had offered him the position a few years ago. With a strong showing this year, Logan should collect his 100th coaching victory.
Mullen returns only five starters from last year's state playoff team, and Logan did not get a first look at his new squad until a mid-May mini-camp. Although the program lacks quanity of returners, it does have quality in the form of Rauschelback.
46. Summerville (S.C.)
OT Terence Brown (6-3, 280)
NG Jerry Barker (6-3, 290)
OT Bryan Baker (6-3, 270)
C Kyle Caldwell (6-1, 270)
RB Corey Smalls (6-0, 215)
RB Tim Glover (5-10, 180)
OG Josh Reynolds (6-2, 275)
Analysis: The nation's all-time winningest coach, John McKissick,
needs only two wins in his 52nd year at the Greenwave helm to become the first
to win 500 games. And he has one of his most experienced teams returning from an
11-3 record club which advanced to last year's state Big 16 semifinals. Included
are eight offensive and seven defensive starter. The offense is anchored by five
three-year regulars up front to block for a stable of veteran running backs
headed by Corey Smalls, Tim Glover and Alex Haynes.