This second installment in a series of profiles and preseason honors teams is for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. We'll continue this series for the next two weeks, leading up to all of our preseason rankings of the top football teams in the state.

Sac-Joaquin Section

Preseason Honors Squad


WR -- Austin Collie (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills) 6-1, 185, Sr.

Came on strong at the Stanford Nike Camp with 36.3 vertical and 4.51 in the 40.

WR -- James Harris (Oakmont, Roseville) 6-2, 180, Sr.

Ranked among the state leaders in TD catches last year and should be just as productive this season with K.C. Patterson throwing the the ball for the Vikings.

WR -- Lavelle Hawkins (Edison, Stockton) 5-11, 170, Sr.

Despite QB going down with an injury midway through the season, Hawkins still caught 53 passes for nearly 1,000 yards.

OL -- Josh Casteel (Lincoln, Stockton) 6-2, 260, Sr.

Will join up with QB Brian Korinek and eight starters back on defense to form one of the top teams in Northern California.

OL -- John Gibson (St. Mary's, Stockton) 6-5, 255, Sr.

Has really come on in off-season camps to become one of the top 10 offensive line prospects in the state, according to college scouts.

OL -- Donovan Green (Jesuit, Carmichael) 6-3, 280

One of the reasons Jesuit was so good last year was line play and on the offensive side of the ball it was Green who was one of the team's best.

OL -- Bradis McGriff (Vallejo) 6-5, 300, Sr.

He's already committed to Cal and would have to be considered the section's No. 1 lineman heading into the season.

OL -- Matt Wakeford-Evans (Del Oro, Loomis) 6-2, 250, Sr.

Comes back as a senior after being named second team All-City by the Sacramento Bee as a junior.

QB -- C.J. Bacher (Jesuit, Carmichael) 6-2, 170, Sr.

Cool customer guided the Marauders to a 13-0 record last year. Regarded as one of the top five quarterbacks on West Coast recruiting charts. Named here ahead another top 10 QB, Ben Galbreath of Colfax, who we couldn't fit in anywhere else on this team.

RB -- Steve Johnson (Rodriguez, Cordelia) 6-2, 195, Sr.

Complete package of size and speed has attention of college coaches. Should be first college football player from new school.

RB -- Evan Williams (Vacaville) 5-9, 160, Jr.

Clocked 4.47 in the 40 at the Stanford Nike Camp and rushed for more than 1,200 yards for the Bulldogs.

PK -- Emmanuel Benjamin (Beyer, Modesto) 5-10, 175, Sr.

Booted nine field goals as a junior to set a new school record and was first team All-District by the Modesto Bee.


DL -- Josh Catapano (Jesuit, Carmichael) 6-3, 237, Sr.

Could be "the man" up front on defense for the Marauders the way Louie Stanfill was in 2002.

DL -- Chris Matsuoka (Lincoln, Stockton) 6-1, 255, Sr.

Also a key baseball player for the Trojans, Matsuoka showed what he could do with 11 tackles in the Div. I section title game against Jesuit.

DL -- Desmond McCollins (Franklin, Stockton) 6-4, 280, Sr.

He's got the size and speed to be a real difference maker for the Yellowjackets.

LB -- Alan Darlin (Laguna Creek, Elk Grove) 6-1, 225, Sr.

All-State Underclass pick from last season was in on 125 tackles and also contributed on offense as a running back.

LB -- Tom Grove (Sonora) 6-0, 200, Sr.

Second team All-District pick by the Modesto Bee ran a 4.56 in the 40 at the Stanford Nike Camp and had a 35.8-inch vertical.

LB -- Wes Mauga (Edison, Stockton) 6-1, 230, Sr.

Smacked down 120 tackles last season and was first team All-Area by the Stockton Record.

LB -- Thomas Sims (Napa) 5-11, 200, Sr.

Also being looked at as a strong safety-type for college. Sims tested very well at the Stanford Nike Camp.

LB -- Worrell Williams (Grant, Sacramento) 6-1, 225, Sr.

Had to play QB in a pinch for the Pacers late last season, not bad for a linebacker. One of the top five linebacker prospects in the state.

DB -- Deshon Benton (Downey, Modesto) 6-2, 190, Sr.

MVP of the Central California Conference rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and came up with eight picks as a safety.

DB -- Roberto Rodriguez (Burbank, Sacramento) 6-0, 170, Sr.

Picked off eight passes as a junior and was first team All-City by the Sacramento Bee.

DB -- Syd Thompson (Grant, Sacramento) 5-9, 170, Jr.

With C.J. Wallace starring at tailback, Thompson did his best work for the Pacers as a sophomore as a cover corner and kick returner. He should be one of the section's top RBs this year, too.


ATH/DB -- Lamar Herron (Natomas, Sacramento) 6-0, 185, Sr.

Considered one of the top 100 college prospects in the West, according to the 2003 High School Football annual, produced by Student Sports and The Sporting News.

WR/DB -- Mike McCoy (Colfax) 6-0, 185, Sr.

Snared 72 receptions for more than 1,200 yards and gets it done in many ways for the Falcons. Should team with QB Ben Galbraith for squad expected to win Div. II section title.

RB/LB -- Gerwin Williams (Grant, Sacramento) 5-10, 210, Sr.

He's like a bowling ball running between the tackles. Not as big as brother Worrell (which hurts his recruiting a little), but just as athletic.

WR/ATH -- Sammie Stroughter (Granite Bay) 5-9, 170, Sr.

State track meet long jump qualifier with 23-foot leap to his credit clocked a 4.35 in the 40 at the Stanford Nike Camp.

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