Orson Charles, Sr., Plant
Charles arrived as a transfer from Riverview with a spotlight immediately on him. He had just 13 receptions as a junior, but when Murray was injured, Charles helped carry his team to the state semis. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior created a mismatch on every play. He caught a touchdown in 12 of the Panthers' 14 games. He averaged nearly 19 yards per reception and had four 100-yard receiving games and one 200-yard game. His 1,289 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns led the county. Oh, and he had six sacks at defensive end.
Most impressive accomplishment: In the Oct. 16 game against Hillsborough, when Murray was injured, Charles caught seven balls for 217 yards, both season highs, and two touchdowns in a 44-28 win.
College plans: He has nearly 40 offers but plans to take his official visits after the season. His list includes Miami, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Georgia, and he's being recruited as a tight end, receiver and defensive end.
Did you know? Charles, a devout Christian, prays inside his locker stall before every game, then again on the field for the safety of his teammates.
Ryne Giddins, Sr., Armwood
Giddins' numbers were down from his amazing junior season, but he still was the fiercest defender on arguably the best defense in Florida. While fighting off constant double teams and teams running plays away from him — "We tried to free him up all season long, moving him around," defensive coordinator Matt Thompson said. "But everyone was always on him." — the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Giddins is the total package of size and strength. For the season, Giddins had 75 total tackles, 21 quarterback hurries, five sacks and 10 pass breakups, anchoring a defense that pitched six shutouts during the season.
Most impressive accomplishment: In Armwood's region semifinal win over Tampa Bay Tech, Giddins scored two defensive touchdowns, one on an interception return and the other on a fumble recovery.
College plans: Giddins has narrowed his choices to Florida and USF. He's making an official visit to Gainesville this weekend.
Did you know? Giddins' girlfriend, Cierra Harris, a student at Brandon, is an aspiring model.
QB Dontae Aycock, Chamberlain, Sr.: Dual-threat star accounted for 45 touchdowns
OL Darren Baker, Hillsborough, Sr.: Standout left tackle has tremendous upside
OL Justin Cabbagestalk, Armwood, Sr.: Vanderbilt commit anchored line
OL Jarrod Gant, Jefferson, Sr.: Technically sound tackle is likely Division I-A recruit
OL Cole Gilliam, Durant, Sr.: Cougars star was run-blocking bulldozer
OL Conor O'Neal, Newsome, Sr.: Two-way starter keyed running game
RB Lindsey Lamar, Hillsborough, Sr.: Speedy star averaged more than 11 yards per carry
RB Kenny Allen, Chamberlain, Sr.: Reliable back produced 1,351 rushing yards
RB Jarvis Giles, Gaither, Sr.: When healthy, is among nation's elite tailbacks
WR Allen Sampson, Plant, Jr.: Great hands, and even better after the catch
WR Anthony Williams, Chamberlain, Sr.: Big-play threat had 13 TD receptions
UT Mywan Jackson, Armwood, Sr.: QB was terrific run-pass threat
TE John Plasencia, Jesuit, Sr.: Northwestern commit can catch and block
PK Tyler Rhodes, Plant, Sr.: Combined strong leg (10 FGs) with great accuracy
DL Demonte McAllister, Alonso, Sr.: FSU commit had 19 sacks and 97 tackles
DL Theodore Jackson, Armwood, Jr.: Terrorized in first year as starter
DL Alton Bailey, Armwood, Jr.: One of county's top run stoppers
DL Dontavious Pyron, Chamberlain, Sr.: Great speed for his size
LB Petey Smith, Armwood, Sr.: Among nation's top LBs
LB Mike Mirabella, Plant, Jr.: Tallied 12 sacks and 104 tackles
LB James Wilder, Jr., Chamberlain, So.: Son of former Bucs RB has limitless potential
DB Angelo Hadley, Armwood, Sr.: Set school record with 19 career interceptions
DB Jairus Jones, Wharton, Sr.: County's leading tackler averaged 15.8 a game
DB Hunter Baldwin, Plant, Sr.: 122 tackles, two INTs, two fumble recoveries
DB Antonio Wallace, Tampa Bay Tech, Sr.: Speedster anchored one of county's top defenses
UT Erick McGriff, Jesuit, Sr.: Versatile player was Tigers' best athlete
P Matt McLaughlin, Tampa Catholic, Sr.: Pinned 11 punts inside the opponent's 20
KR Colby Walden, Hillsborough, Sr.: Average 18.8 yards per return, including one for 95 yards
Aaron Murray, Sr., Plant
Murray played only six games before a serious left leg injury appeared to end his season, but his return in the Class 4A state semifinal was an amazing one. Despite missing seven games, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Murray is still the only county passer to have 30 touchdown passes this season (vs. just four interceptions). He threw for an average of 275.3 yards a game and completed 60 percent of his passes. After throwing two touchdowns in the state semifinal win over Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Murray goes into this weekend's championship game just three TD passes short of passing Stephen Garcia's Hillsborough County career touchdown mark of 83.
Most impressive accomplishment: He has done so much on the field — an eight-touchdown game and a seven-touchdown game — but his most impressive feat was off it, where he accelerated the rehabilitation on his broken left fibula and dislocated ankle so he could return for the final two playoffs games.
College plans: Murray has finished classes for the fall semester and will graduate early so he can attend the University of Georgia for the spring semester.
Second team Offense
QB: C.J. Bennett, Alonso, Jr.
OL: Luis Polanco, Middleton, Sr.
OL: Hunter Stout, Wharton, Sr.
OL: Andrew Calvano, Alonso, Jr.
OL: Chaz Green, Tampa Catholic, Jr.
OL: Dillard Hurley, Armwood, Sr.
RB: Maurice Hagens, TBT, Jr.
RB: Jeremy Deering, Leto, Jr.
RB: Conner Powers, Newsome, So.
WR: Charles Lovett, Hillsborough, So.
WR: Andre Davis, Jefferson, So.
UT: Christian Green, Tampa Catholic, Jr.
TE: Justin Lattimore, Gaither, Sr.
PK: Evan Colborne, Hillsborough, Sr.
DL: Javon Mention, Plant, Sr.
DL: Austin Clark, Plant, Sr.
DL: Frank Marin, Newsome, Sr.
DL: Coril Joseph, Freedom, Sr.
LB: Rodney Williams, Spoto, So.
LB: Greg Hickman, Middleton, Jr.
LB: Beau Hume, Plant, Sr.
LB: Casey Callahan, Armwood, Sr.
DB: Javonte Martin, Plant, Jr.
DB: Duran Lowe, Plant City, Sr.
DB: Terrence Mitchell, Hillsborough, Jr.
UT: Julian Crockett, Berkeley Prep, Sr.
P: Montrey Pride, Blake, Sr.
KR: Kyle Copack, Newsome, Sr.
Coach of the Year | Robert Weiner, Plant
In his fifth season at the helm, Weiner has led the Panthers to the cusp of their second state title in three years.
Alonso: Jesse Anaya, Justin Davis, Ian Hopkins, Alex Rodriguez, Ed Williams; Armwood: Tavari Grant, Rob Jones, Sherman Jessie, Mario Williams; Berkeley Prep: Keith Bexley, Jordan Crockett; Blake: Micheal McFarland; Bloomingdale: Chris Curran, Derek Johnson, Justin Mann, Solomon Partin; Brandon: Ben Harrison, Ronnie Suggs; Cambridge: Micah Lewis; Carrollwood Day: Billy Embody; Chamberlain: Eric Hammond, Lamond Scott, Brandon Stanley, Rico Valdez; Durant: Austin Devall, Ryan Rice, Je'Twan Smith; East Bay: D.J. Allen, Jake Anaya, Chaz Burrows, Dontavious Fleming, Forrest Meredith; Freedom: Sherrod Cunningham, Josh Grady, Keith Lewis, Carl Saunders; Gaither: Matt Childs, George Daines; Hillsborough: Jerod Brisbon; Jefferson: Terence Doston, Rodney Mills, Fred Overstreet, Mark Winters, Quentin Williams; Jesuit: Tyler Feely, Robbie Garcia, P.J. Hobson; King: Donovan Celerin, Adrian Federick, Travis Simmons, Corey Stulz; Lennard: Andrew Burdick, Blake Kennedy, Brandon Stephens; Leto: Antwoun Howard; Luis Herrera; Middleton: Andrerel Coleman, Andre Gunn; Newsome: Trent Cornwell, Robby Young, Shawn Boone; Plant City: Denzel Drone, Cortez Hargrett, Eddie Rosenbaum; Plant: Marco Cobb, Phillip Ely, David Gamble, Bryant Jones, Josh Varon; Riverview: Ryan Gascon, Devin Ray, Willie Timmons; Robinson: Mike Hawthorne, Mike Newman, Frank Williams; Sickles: Taylor Drane, Scott O'Donoghue, Cullen O'Brien; Jameel Gay; Spoto: Jamario Belton, J.B. Burgess, Alex Byers, Brandon Jenkins; Tampa Bay Tech: Markeil Floyd, D.D. Johnson, Sam Jones, Angel Rodriguez, Jerome Speights; Tampa Catholic: Michael Aguila, Kenny Broadnax, Brandon Green, Henry McCloud; Wharton: Chase Boswell, Andrew Clifford, Brandon Johnson, Trevor Matich, Shane McEwen, Malik Williams