2009 Prep Football All-Metro Defense

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  • Jacob Brusehaver, LB (Hutchinson)
  • Mitch Hallstrom, LB (Eden Prairie)
  • Daryl Brown, DB (Wayzata)
  • Gabe Mezzenga, LB (Totino-Grace)
  • Leo Leighton, DB (St. Thomas Academy)
  • Carlton Littlejohn, LB (Minneapolis North)
  • Zach Zenner, LB (Eagan)
  • Jeremy Gillard, LB (Stillwater)
  • Di-Jon Starr, DL (Blane)
  • Tobi Okuyemi, DL (Wayzata)
  • Beau Allen, DL (Minnetonka)
  • A.J. Tarpley, LB (Wayzata)
  • Trevor Lueders, DL (Glencoe-Silver Lake)
  • Grant Olson, LB (Wayzata)
  • Frank Veldman, P (Eastview)
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Di-Jon Starr - Blaine


Blaine defensive end Di-Jon Starr was voted the Most Valuable Defensive player in the Northwest Suburban Conference. Starr is 6-foot-2, 270 pounds with tremendous quickness and strength. He finished with 75 tackles this season, nine for losses. Starr finished the season with five sacks. The senior was a three year starter at Blaine.

Tobi Okuyemi - Wayzata


Wayzata defensive end Tobi Okuyemi is 6-3, 250 pounds and extremely tough to block. He finished the season with 50 tackles, five sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Okuyemi was a two year starter and a member of a Wayzata defense which in the past two years has given up just 11 touchdowns in 260 possessions.

Beau Allen - Minnetonka


Minnetonka nose guard Beau Allen is a big man at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. The division-one college recruit was almost always double-teamed yet finished with six sacks and 85 tackles, 55 unassisted. Allen was four year starter at Minnetonka which says a lot. Coach Dave Nelson calls him a complete player with great size and quickness.

Trevor Lueders - Glencoe-Silver Lake


Glencoe-Silver Lake junior Trevor Lueders is having a monster season at defensive end. He has 18.5 sacks in 12 games this season for the undefeated Panthers. Lueders is the catalyst of a Panther defense which has seven shutouts in 12 games and just 36 points given up.


Grant Olson - Wayzata


Wayzata linebacker Grant Olson is 6-foot-2, 225-pounds. The senior led Wayzata's defense in tackles with 134, 24 of those for losses. The two-year starter has great field awareness and is tenacious. He had four sacks on the season plus 14 pressures on the quarterback. He also finished with three interceptions.

A.J. Tarpley - Wayzata


Wayzata senior A.J. Tarpley stands at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds. The senior had three sacks on the season for Wayzata plus 15 tackles for loss. He's a big physical force with a motor that never quits. He's a division-one recruit and has already verbally committed to Stanford.

Jeremy Gillard - Stillwater


Stillwater linebacker Jeremy Gillard was voted the Suburban East Conference Defensive player of the year. At times, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder was a one-man wrecking crew. He finished with 84 solo tackles and seven sacks. Ponies Head Coach Scott Hoffman says Gillard is one of the best linebackers ever to play at Stillwater. He finished with seven tackles for loss and two defensive touchdowns.

Gabe Mezzenga - Totino-Grace


Totino-Grace senior linebacker Gabe Mezzenga is big and fast at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds. He leads the Eagles with 116 tackles, nine for losses. He was voted the North Suburban Conference Defensive player of the Year. He's started 36 straight games at inside linebacker and the Eagles have won 33 of those games.

Jacob Brusehaver - Hutchinson


Hutchinson linebacker Jacob Brusehaver is considered by many the best football player in the Missota Conference. Brusehaver is 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. The three year starter finished with 133 tackles, 21 for losses, including 11 sacks this season. In three years, he recorded 363 tackles. But, Jacob was a tremendous two way player. He had 1264 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns.


Mitch Hallstrom - Eden Prairie


Eden Prairie senior safety Mitch Hallstrom is an impact player for the top-ranked Eagles. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has 10 picks on the season which is one shy of a school single season record. He has a great nose for the football. He is the catalyst of an Eagles defense which has given up just 86 points in 11 games.

Daryl Brown - Wayzata


Wayzata defensive back Daryl Brown is considered by many the best shutdown corner in Minnesota. Brown finished with four interceptions on the season. At 5-foot-9, 160-pounds, the senior isn't very big, but extremely tough and smart. Brown broke up16 passes as some teams challenged him and failed. He did not give up a touchdown pass all fall.

Leo Leighton - St. Thomas Academy


St. Thomas Academy safety Leo Leighton was voted the Classic Suburban Conference Defensive player of the year. At 6-foot-1, 170 the senior always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Leighton has 66 tackles and eight interceptions. He's also a special teams star with two punt returns for touchdowns.

Carlton Littlejohn - Minneapolis North


Minneapolis North senior Carlton Littlejohn was a three-year starter for the Polars and considered by some the best player in the Minneapolis City Conference. The senior finished with five interceptions this fall and 11 in his career. Not only is Carlton a ball hawk, but also a solid tackler. He's 6-2 200 pounds and finished with 75 tackles this fall. But he played both ways, and on offense the North quarterback amassed over 1880 yards and scored 29 touchdowns in leading the Polars to a 9-3 record and a berth in the State 3A quarterfinals.


Zach Zenner - Eagan


Eagan's Zach Zenner is this year's All-Metro specialist. He was the unselfish leader of the Wildcat football team. The senior rushed for 1181 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging a school record 8.9 yards per carry. He played quarterback when the starter got hurt and did a great job. He caught two touchdown passes, and returned kicks and punts, one of those kicks for a touchdown.


Frank Veldman - Eastview


Our All-Metro punter is Eastview junior Frank Veldman. He had 34 punts for a net average of 37 yards, with his longest covering 60 yards. Veldman landed five punts inside the 20-yard line. But the 6-foot-4, 190 pounder is an all-around player. As a safety, he intercepted two passes this season and had 82 tackles for the Lightning.



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