KARE 11 announces 2012 All-Metro defensive team

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Edina Defensive tackle Deon Dorvil leads our All-Metro Team. He's 5-10 287 pounds. The senior made 53 tackles including nine for losses, but Deon usually required a double-team block up front which freed up linebackers to make tackles. He certainly earned the respect of opposing players and coaches who raved about his motor and his ability to disrupt a play.

Monticello senior defensive end Birk Olson, at 6-3 235 pounds, was voted the Mississippi Eight Conference Most Valuable player.

Olson finished with 67 tackles including 7 1/2 sacks. He was a disruptive force on the defensive line in leading a very good Magic defense. More importantly, his leadership changed Magic football. He put Monticello on the map with his play. Birk was offered a scholarship by the Air Force Academy. Monticello finished 7-2.

Lakeville North defensive end Karl Finkel, at 6-0 200 pounds, is a repeat All-Metro performer. Finkel has 64 tackles, nine sacks, and 13 tackles for losses through the State 6A Quarterfinals. He uses his speed and athleticism to make the big play. Finkel is a three year starter and a true impact player from his defensive end position. He's one reason the Panthers are in the 6A State Championship game.

Hutchinson senior Shaun Schindler was the Wright County Conference defensive player of the year. Schindler, at 6-3 213 pounds, has 97 tackles, 21 for losses this season. He has seven sacks this season with a career total of 21 sacks and 53 tackles for loss.

Totino-Grace nose guard Joey Schiller, at 6-1 215 pounds, is a state wrestling champion who knows how to use his hands. Schiller has an amazing 80 tackles from his nose-guard position, including four sacks in leading one of the best defenses in the metro.

Our All-Metro linebackers are led by Eden Prairie senior Jack Cottrell at 6-4 225 pounds. Cottrell is heading to Boston College on scholarship, and looks Big East ready right now. He's big, strong, smart and has great instincts. He's a two year starter with a great motor and a big reason why the Eagles are in the State semifinals in 6A.

Wayzata linebacker Chris Wipson is headed to the Gophers on scholarship. He's 6-2 217 pounds. Wipson finished his season with 62 tackles, five for losses. He suffered a knee injury in the playoffs and will miss the State 6A semifinals. But, the two-year starter made a big impact for the Trojans all season.

Totino-Grace linebacker Kurt Mattox is a big time hitter at 6-1 195 pounds. The senior was voted the Northwest Suburban Conference West Division Defensive player of the year. The linebacker has made 125 tackles this season including four for losses and three sacks. He's one of the hardest hitters in Eagle history.

Alex Wood was voted the South Suburban Conference Defensive player of the year. Wood has over 69 tackles, six for losses, including three sacks. He was a three year starter on one of the best defenses in the Metro. Lakeville North is in the State 6A title game.

South St Paul senior Jack Pietruszewski was a three-year starter and the catalyst of a very good Packer defense. The 215 pound senior was an impact player finishing with 83 tackles, nine for losses and over 225 tackles in his three year career. Pietruszewski finished with three interceptions and recovered three fumbles and scored 6 offensive touchdowns. Coach Chad Sexauer says he's the best linebacker he's ever coached.

Our All-Metro secondary is led by St Thomas Academy senior safety Danny McManus was named the Classic Suburban Conference Defensive Player of the Year. McManus isn't very big at 5-9 175 pounds, but he's a big time hitter from his strong safety position making 85 tackles, 14 for losses. His coach says McManus has great instincts you can't teach. He has three interceptions. The two year starter is an all around great player.  He has scored six offensive touchdowns. The Cadets are 9-1 and in the State 5A Semifinals.

Totino-Grace senior Charlie Miller is a versatile player who does it all for the Eagles. Miller has 33 tackles and is an outstanding shutdown corner. On offense, he averaged 22 yards per reception with five touchdowns. Miller just knows how to make plays and help his team win.

Glencoe-Silver Lake safety Ethan Maass is a three year starter and the Wright County Conference Defensive back of the year. He led Glencoe-Silver Lake in tackles the past three seasons. This year, 108 tackles, one forced fumble and three interceptions. In his career, 300 total tackles.

DeLaSalle cornerback Oscar Opara battled through injuries to have an All-Metro season. He was the Islanders shutdown corner making five interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. The senior has blazing speed and a real nose for the ball and the end zone. He's one reason why DeLaSalle's defense was so good all season.

Our All-Metro specialist is Stillwater's Nate Ricci, the Suburban East Conference Offensive Player of the season. He returned three punts for scores this season, and had a kickoff return for a touchdown. He averaged over 26 yards a punt & kick return. He also played quarterback and led Stillwater to the SEC championship and an overall 8-2 record.

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