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Tue. January 4, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Two of the three recently-chosen St. Petersburg Times all-Suncoast football Players of the Year have been selected All-Americans.

Jefferson quarterback Quentin Williams and Plant running back/defensive end James Wilder Jr. have been named to the MaxPreps/U.S. Air Force All-American Team.

Williams, who led the Dragons to the Class 3A state championship, was named to the first-team offense, while Wilder, who guided Plant to the Class 5A state title game, was named to the second-team defense.

Williams was named this season's Florida Mr. Football, given annually to the top high school player in the state, after breaking  every single-season and career touchdown pass and passing yardage state record. A Bethune-Cookman commit, Williams threw for 4,451 yards and 56 touchdown passes this season and ran for another 10 scores. 

Wilder, a Florida State commit and one of the top two-way players in the nation, ran for 1,597 yards and 22 touchdowns, and tallied 75 tackles and eight sacks.

Wilder, along with Plant teammate and Alabama QB commit Phillip Ely, is practicing for this weekend's U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio. In the days leading up to his departure, he was concerned about a lingering rib injury from the state title game, but he's been practicing on both sides of the ball, including lining up in the "Wilder Cat" (wildcat) formation on offense. Plant coach Robert Weiner is also a co-offensive coordinator for the East Team.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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