Star-Telegram football Super Team offense and defense

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First-team offense

QB Kenny Hill, (Southlake Carroll, senior) After leading Carroll to an undefeated state title in 2011, Hill returned for his senior season with a whole new receiving corps. Hill, who has committed to Texas A&M, put up even better regular-season numbers this year with 2,291 yards, 20 touchdowns passing and 905 yards and 22 scores on the ground en route to another undefeated district title.

RB Kyle Hicks, (Arlington Martin, senior) It was a trying season for Hicks, who began the season with a foot injury and finished with a torn ACL. In between, the TCU recruit rushed for 1,113 yards and 22 touchdowns and threw for 476 yards and six scores playing at a running back/quarterback hybrid position.

RB Larry Cheeks, (Crowley, senior) The diminutive running back has been a consistent performer since his sophomore season but failed to garner a lot of media attention because it didn't translate into wins. That all changed this season as Cheeks led Crowley to the District 8-4A title with 1,971 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns.

WR Aaron Dixon, (Hurst L.D. Bell, senior) Dixon burst onto the scene this year with a monster season. He finished with 61 catches, 980 yards and 15 touchdowns after rededicating himself following his junior year. He was unstoppable at times and made several clutch plays for the Blue Raiders.

WR Robbie Rhodes, (Fort Worth Southwest, senior) A great athlete for whom defenses had to account at all times. The Baylor recruit was still able to haul in 26 passes for 870 yards and 15 touchdowns and added another five scores on the ground. He probably would have put up bigger numbers if the Raiders' top two quarterbacks hadn't gone down with injuries.

TE Charlie Reid, (Fort Worth All Saints, senior) The TCU recruit caught 40 passes for 1,002 yards and 13 touchdowns and was a valuable blocker in the run game, helping the Saints rush for more than 200 yards per contest. A three-year starter, Reid's production rose steadily every season.

OL Joas Aguilar, (Birdville, senior) The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Under Armour All-American helped lead Birdville to its first undefeated regular season in school history. The Texas A&M commit plowed the road for the Hawks to gain 440 yards and put up 50 points a game.

OL Salesi Uhatafe, (Euless Trinity, senior) At 6-5, 290 pounds, Uhatafe kept alive Trinity's tradition of mashers up front. He finished with zero sacks allowed, 42 pancakes and 117 knockdowns for the District 6-5A champs.

OL Cam Manning, (Southlake Carroll, senior) At 6-3, 260 pounds, Manning isn't the biggest lineman on this list but he shrugged off injuries to lead the way for Hill and Co. to put up over 500 yards a game. The first-team all-state selection has committed to Louisiana Tech.

OL Demetrius Knox, (Fort Worth All-Saints, junior) Knox is an athletic marvel at 6-5, 300 pounds and is one of the top college prospects of the 2014 class. On a roster full of FBS talent, the Texas commit stood out for the undefeated Saints.

OL Daireck Hicks, (Arlington, senior) After replacing several skill position players from the 2011 squad, the Colts leaned on their defense and power running game early. When they needed a short yardage conversion or big play they ran behind Hicks, who tallied 81 knockdowns and 53 pancakes.

K Ben Grogan, (Arlington Martin, senior) A two-time all-state selection, Grogan built an impressive résumé at Martin. The Oklahoma State commit made 9 of 11 field goals (56 long), 39 of 39 PATs and set a state record for most field goals in a single game with six against North Crowley on Oct. 21.

Second-team offense

QB Cody Thomas, (Colleyville Heritage, senior) 3,407 yards, 38 TDs, 5 INT passing, 2 rushing TDs, Oklahoma commit

RB Aaron Stevenson, (Fort Worth Western Hills, senior) 1,880 rushing yards, 17 TDs

RB Tylor Blake, (Trophy Club Nelson, junior) 1,449 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns

WR Eric Rivers, (Arlington Bowie, senior) 45 catches, 678 yards, 389 rushing yards, 13 total TDs

WR Kaelin Deboskie, (Colleyville Heritage, junior) 54 catches, 964 yards, 8 TDs, 1,351 all-purpose yards

WR Marchie Murdock, (Mansfield Legacy, senior) 49 catches, 799 yards, 13 TDs, Illinois commit

TE Jason Reese, (Euless Trinity, senior) 15 catches, 340 yards, 4 TDs, 20 pancakes, 42 knockdowns

OL Andreu Kirby, (Euless Trinity, senior) 6-3, 330, 32 pancakes, 98 knockdowns

OL Zach Crabtree, (Mansfield, senior) 6-7, 275, Oklahoma State commit

OL Austin Davis, (Mansfield, senior) 6-5, 295, 60 pancakes, graded at 90 percent in all 12 games, Duke commit

OL Cody Hayes, (Fort Worth Eastern Hills, senior) 6-6, 260, offense averaged 438 yards per game

OL Cory Stitle, (Aledo, junior) 6-1, 270, 45 pancakes, 70 knockdowns, 95 percent grade

First-team defense

DL Gaius Vaenuku, (Euless Trinity, senior) A complete player who's big, strong, fast, instinctive and with a strong motor. The 6-5, 260-pound Trojan tallied 72 tackles, 7 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback pressures. Some lucky college is getting a great player.

DL Myles Garrett, (Arlington Martin, junior) Garrett racked up 65 tackles, eight sacks, 16 tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. He played bigger than his 6-3, 230-pound stature and his stats. Garrett will be one of the most heavily recruited players in the area next season.

DL Vili Leveni, (Hurst L.D. Bell, senior) Leveni had a knack for the big play this season as one cog of a special Blue Raiders group up front. The 6-4, 220-pound Utah commit amassed 53 tackles, six sacks, nine tackles for loss, 12 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.

DL A'Shawn Robinson, (Fort Worth Arlington Heights, senior) Considered by many to be the top recruit in the state. The 6-5, 300-pound U.S. Army All-American actually had a relatively quiet season because the Yellow Jackets struggled as a team.

LB Sammy Douglas, (Arlington, senior) Douglas was a tackling machine who flew from sideline to sideline with better speed than many of the opposing skill position players. The 6-3, 195-pound TCU recruit finished with 168 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups.

LB Chad Whitener, (Mansfield, senior) Mansfield replaced most of its defensive line from 2011 but that didn't stop the 6-1, 235-pound Whitener from running around making plays all over the field. The Cal commit tallied 125 tackles and 17 tackles for loss.

LB Brett Wade, (Kennedale, senior) When Kennedale's defense needed a huge play Wade was usually the one who made it. The Texas A&M commit finished with a stat-stuffing line of 52 solo tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

DB Ed Paris, (Mansfield Timberview, junior) Quarterbacks threw his way at their own risk. Paris, who holds offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and Texas A&M, picked off seven passes (two for touchdowns), forced three fumbles, recovered two, broke up eight passes and had 37 tackles.

DB Kamari Syrie, (Hurst L.D. Bell, senior) Prototypical safety who was as comfortable playing up at the line of scrimmage as he was in coverage this season. The Iowa State commit finished with 71 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, two quarterback pressures, two sacks, two interceptions and eight forced fumbles.

DB Tanner Jacobson, (Southlake Carroll, senior) An underrated safety whose leadership played a big role in the Dragons' defense, which was forced to replace nine starters from 2011. Jacobson tallied 75 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, three pass breakups and was Carroll's primary kick returner.

DB Steve Wesley, (Arlington Bowie, senior) One of several good athletes for the Volunteers' defense, which improved drastically over the course of the season. The TCU commit didn't get many interception opportunities because most quarterbacks wisely chose not to challenge him.

P Ben Grogan, (Arlington Martin, senior) Not a misprint. Grogan is the first-team kicker and punter after kicking 30 punts for a 40-yard average with a long of 63. Oklahoma State is getting a versatile special teams weapon.

Second-team defense

DL Sam Tevi, (Euless Trinity, senior) 6-5, 270, 56 tackles,

3 sacks, 8 TFL, 17 QBP, Utah commit

DL Chase Varnado, (Stephenville, senior) 81 tackles,

9 sacks, 30 TFL, 2 FF, INT

DL Xavier Phillips, (Fort Worth All Saints, senior) 6-2, 220, 50 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 FF, 2 INTs, Baylor commit

LB Tupe Saunoa, (Euless Trinity, senior) 115 tackles,

3 sacks, 9 TFL, 2 PBU

LB Jordan Mittie, (Aledo, junior) 105 tackles, 10 TFL,

3 sacks, 3 FR, TD

LB Jordan Moore, (Azle, senior) 82 tackles, 6 TFL, 5 FF,

2 FR, 2 INTs

LB Miles Murray, (Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, junior) 100 tackles, seven sacks, INT, FF

DB Preston Brown, (Stephenville, senior) 43 tackles,

15 PBU, 4 kickoff return TDs

DB Shea Wood, (Aledo, senior) 51 tackles, 5 INTs, 10 PBU, FG block

DB Matt Waller, (Arlington Martin, senior) 64 tackles,

2 INT, 4 PBU

DB Myles Crosby, (Colleyville Heritage, senior) 108

tackles, 2 TFL, INT, 4 FF, 3 FR

-- Jarret Johnson

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