Football: Offensive players to watch
Catonsville senior running back DeAndre' Lane is one of the area's offensive players to watch this fall. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group / August 29, 2012)
Mount St. Joseph, tight end, senior
A second-team All-Metro pick last season, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Alston caught 41 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns. He had 11 receptions for 102 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Gaels' upset win over McDonogh.
Aberdeen, athlete, senior
On a team with a standout running back and wide receiver, Bonsall, 5-9 and 175 pounds, played a lot of roles last season. With a quick first step and elusive moves, he started at tailback and slot receiver and also returned kicks.
South River, running back, senior
Chaney, 5-8, 180 pounds and committed to Monmouth, won't leave the field much, also catching passes, returning kicks and playing defensive back for the Seahawks. He had about 2,500 all-purpose yards and 26 total touchdowns last fall.
Gilman, quarterback, senior
With the versatile 6-2, 205-pound Maryland commitment, the Greyhounds will still live by the run but might look to pass a little more this season. Last fall, Cockerill ran 132 times for 1,053 yards and completed 63 of 115 passes for 1,112 yards.
South River, quarterback, senior
Cox, 6-1 and 185 pounds, led Maryland in passing last season with 2,856 yards. He was 195-for-341 with 32 touchdowns, the most in Anne Arundel County. His arm -- and 58 percent completion rate -- will be the key to the Seahawks' county title run.
Franklin, wide receiver, senior
A speedster with great hands, the 6- 3, 190-pound Ellis is looking for a breakout season after catching 19 passes for 259 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. He will be the Indians' go-to receiver and is also a standout safety.
Broadneck, kicker, senior
The All-Metro first-team selection set an Anne Arundel County record with a 55-yard field goal last season and converted a 60-yard attempt in practice this year. He was 6-for-9 on field-goal tries and 29-for-29 on extra points.
River Hill, running back, senior
With 1,000-yard rusher Aaron Wells having graduated, the Hawks look to Griffin to carry on their hallmark running game. The 5-10, 160-pound speedster, who doubles as a defensive back, ran for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall.
Catonsville, running back, senior
The 5-8, 170-pound Lane's slippery moves and 4.4-second 40-yard-dash speed led the Comets to the state semifinals last fall for the first time in school history. Headed for Maryland, the All-Metro second-team pick ran for more than 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Wilde Lake, lineman, senior
A transfer from Meade, the 6-foot-6, 287-pound All-Metro second-team offensive tackle should make an immediate impact in Howard County with his all-around skills, including his impressive pass blocking. Larose has committed to Rutgers.
Marc Badger, Fallston
Payton Beachum, Western Tech
Nicholas Bonaparte, Dunbar
David Brookhart, Glenelg
Luke Casey, Atholton
Jake Clise, Loyola
William Crest, Dunbar
Luke Depasquale, Patterson Mill
Alex Dowling, Maryland Christian
Reggie Ellis, Franklin
Andrew Fisher, Hereford
Dale Harris, St. Paul's
Sherrod Hawkes, Patterson
Dariz Hill, Dunbar
Hakeem Holland, Edmondson
Ronche Kaskins, Annapolis
Donnie Knox, Century
Eric Latham, Perry Hall
Kyle Levere, Calvert Hall
Francis Massally, Eastern Tech
Dylan McDermott, South Carroll
J.P. McManus, Calvert Hall
David Owens, City
De'Quan Pettway, Overlea
Zach Plotkin, Atholton
Alex Schultz, Boys' Latin
Juwan Singletary, Bel Air
Derrick Souder, Meade
Kenny Thomas, Archbishop Curley
Dillon Tighe, Arundel
Jabari Weems, McDonogh
Eric White, Poly
Dominic Williams, Long Reach
Tyler Young, Arundel