All-Central Florida Defense
Player of the Year
RAY RAY ARMSTRONG
Seminole, 6-4/218, Sr.
Buzz: Ironman two-way star for state champs. Led the 'Noles in tackles in state final and finished with 15 solos, 45 assists and two interceptions. As a quarterback, he carried 187 times for 1,044 yards and 19 TDs, completed 95 of 174 passes for 1,297 yards and 13 TDs, and had three catches for 29 yards and a TD.
College plans: Orally committed to Miami.
DL DYRON DYE
Seminole, 6-5/224, Sr.
Buzz: Slow start due to health scare but finished with 31 solo tackles, 69 assists, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles. Dominant off the edge.
College plans: Orally committed to Miami.
DL JOHN "J.T." LANG
Boone, 6-3/240, Sr.
Buzz: Coaches' dream in carrying out assignments had 69 tackles, 35 assists, six sacks, 12 hurries, two forced fumbles as end for dominant defense.
College plans: Honor student getting looks from Ivy League and academies. Visits set to Cornell and Lafayette.
DL FRANKIE DAVIS
Clermont East Ridge, 6-4/280, Sr.
Buzz: Physical force at defensive tackle had 59 tackles, 12 for loss, and caused four fumbles.
College plans: Visited Purdue, but more likely destinations could be UCF, Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas State.
DL ANDREW MATTOX
Port Orange Spruce Creek, 6-2/250, Sr.
Buzz: Weightlifting state placer was too strong for most foes to block. Had 70 tackles, 38 for loss, and caused five fumbles.
College plans: Lack of height scares off major-college recruiters but has plenty of smaller schools looking, including Georgia Southern.
DL AUSTEN JACKS
Winter Park, 6-3/220, Sr.
Buzz: Drew high praise from opposing coaches while collecting 75 tackles, 10 sacks. Also averaged 40 yards per punt.
College plans: Orally committed to Tulane.
DL VICTOR GRAY
Dr. Phillips, 6-4/235, Sr.
Buzz: Tenacious rush end had 91 tackles, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries and also played tight end.
College plans: Liked visit to Ole Miss. Also went to Colorado State and is considering Boston College and UCF.
LB PHILLIP BAILEY
Port Orange Spruce Creek, 6-1/214, Sr.
Buzz: Difference-maker with ability to cover like a defensive back and deliver big hits. Racked up 138 tackles, 20 for loss, with six sacks, nine caused fumbles.
College plans: Must nudge up SAT, but conditional offer list includes Louisville, FAU, FIU and Middle Tennessee State.
LB CHRISTIAN JONES
Lake Howell, 6-3 1/2 /215, Jr.
Buzz: Son of former FSU and NFL player Willie Jones had 113 tackles, 43 assists, four sacks, two forced fumbles. Older brother also played for FSU.
College plans: Elite prospect already has offers from FSU, Miami, USF and FAU.
LB LARVEZ "POOH BEAR" MARS
Apopka, 5-11/210, Sr.
Buzz: Four-year starter set Blue Darters career tackles record with over 500. Had 154 as junior, 143 this year. Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
College plans: Leaders are UAB, FAU, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee State.
DB JANSEN WATSON
Kissimmee Osceola, 5-10/170, Sr.
Buzz: One of area's fastest players and a physical tackler (42 solos, 41 assists). Also carried 51 times for 491 yards (9.6 avg.), had six catches for 106 yards and scored six TDs.
College plans: Orally committed to Colorado State.
DB DERRICK STROZIER
Edgewater, 5-8/165, Sr.
Buzz: Speedster had 25 tackles, four assists, six interceptions. Also returned punts (7.3) and kicks (29.7), and carried 38 times for 128 yards and a TD.
College plans: Orally committed to Tulane, but with other big schools making a push, that may not stick.
DB DE`ANDRE MITCHELL
Wildwood, Sr., 6-2, 180
Buzz: Two-way standout for 10-2 district-title team had 62 tackles, three interceptions. Also played QB, passing for 508 yards and running for 494.
College plans: Wants to stay in-state, and if he can nail a college-entrance test score, USF and FAU are the front-runners.
P TYSON PRYOR
Olympia, 6-2/220, Sr.
Buzz: Legit fullback (seven TDs) averaged 44 yards on punts, kicked deep and booted 10 field goals, including 48-, 47- and 45-yarders.
College plans: Still wide-open, with FAU and a number of smaller schools offering.
DL B.J. Butler, Kissimmee Osceola, 6-2/230, Jr.
DL Maurice Couch, Edgewater, 6-3/265, Sr.
DL Willie Scott, Jones, 6-3/215, Sr.
DL Curtis Wilson, Timber Creek, 6-4/235, Sr.
LB Mark Deas, Kissimmee Osceola, 6-0/180, Sr.
LB Jarkevis Fields, Seminole, 5-10/220, Sr.
LB Darius Lightfoot, Leesburg, 5-11/205, Sr.
DB Mike Jones, Edgewater, 6-3/200, Sr.
DB Emanuel McGowan, Dr. Phillips, 6-0/180, Sr.
DB Danny Williams, Boone, 6-3/180, Sr.
DB Lo Wood, Apopka, 5-11/175, Jr.
UT Micha Howard, Mount Dora, 5-10/170, Sr.
UT Dee Hart, Dr. Phillips, 5-10/175, Soph.
UT-P Caleb Nelson, Apopka, 6-0/180, Sr.
2009 All Central Florida Football (Defense)
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