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American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arizona preseason football team 2017

Mountain Pointe wide receiver Kenny Churchwell makes a one-handed catch.  (Photo: Arizona Republic)

Kenny Churchwell, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, 6-2, 185, Sr.

5 interceptions, 11 deflections in 2016.

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arizona preseason football team 2017

, azcentral sportsPublished 5:09 p.m. MT Aug. 15, 2017 | Updated 4:53 p.m. MT Aug. 17, 2017

 

This is the 2017 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arizona preseason football team.

Offense

Quarterback

Brock Purdy, Gilbert Perry, 6-1, 197, Sr.

All-Arizona last season, despite missing the first three games, and putting up 3,333 yards and 42 TDs passing and running for 842 yards and six scores.

Running back

Zidane Thomas, Peoria Centennial, 5-10, 205, Sr.

A 2,000-yard rusher last year, turned loose this week after having hardship approved by AIA.

Running back

Draycen Hall, Gilbert Higley, 5-8, 165, Sr.

Scored 40 TDs and had 3,908 all-purpose yards in 2016.

Center

Max Wilhite, Goodyear Desert Edge, 6-3, 300, Sr.

Fourth-year varsity starter.

Lineman

Matteo Mele, Tucson Salpointe Catholic, 6-6, 275, Sr.

Washington commit added 20 pounds since last season.

Lineman

David Watson, Tucson Amphitheater, 6-6, 300, Sr.

Committed to Arizona, where both of his parents played sport.

Lineman

Ralph Frias, Safford, 6-7, 320, Sr.

Started at left tackle since freshman year.

Lineman

Joey Ramos, Glendale Deer Valley, 6-4, 290, Sr.

Rated No. 1 offensive lineman in Arizona for 2017 season by azcentral sports.

Tight end

James Stagg, Phoenix Desert Vista, 6-4, 241, Sr.

Will remind people of former Desert Vista standout Zach Miller.

Wide receiver

Solomon Enis, Phoenix North Canyon, 6-4, 190, Sr.

Has ASU, UA in his final seven. 

Wide receiver

Gunner Romney, Chandler, 6-3, 200, Sr.

BYU commit had 70 catches for 1,309 yards, nine TDs last season.

All purpose

Lance Lawson, Mesa Red Mountain, 5-9, 185, Sr.

All-Arizona last year, he is a game changer on both sides of the ball, will be go-to guy on offense.

Defense

Tackle

Chris Manoa, Chandler, 6-0, 300, Sr.

41 tackles, 4 sacks, 8 QB hurries on 6A title team

Tackle

Kai Golden, Marana Mountain View, 6-2, 295, Sr.

40 tackles, 9 for losses in 2016

End

Aaron Romero, Mesa Skyline, 6-3, 245, Sr.

Ready to emerge on the scene as a pass rusher

End

Ty Robinson, Gilbert Higley, 6-5, 255, Jr.

With Jason Harris out, watch for this guy to blow it up in the backfield.

Linebacker

Calib McRae, Marana Mountain View, 6-1, 227, Jr.

39 tackles, 2 sacks in 4 games before injury last season.

Linebacker

Brayden Flynn, Chandler, 6-3, 220, Sr.

Transfer from Hamilton, had 14.5 sacks last year.

Linebacker

Giovanni Miranda, Scottsdale Saguaro, 6-4, 205, Sr.

Game changer on both sides of ball.

Back

Dom Hampton, Peoria Centennial, 6-2, 185, Sr.

30 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles last year.

Back

Kenny Churchwell, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, 6-2, 185, Sr.

5 interceptions, 11 deflections in 2016.

Back

Josiah Bradley, Saguaro, 6-1, 194

Fast, athletic safety had 3 interceptions, 8 deflections during 4A title season.

Back

Donjae Logan, Mesa Desert Ridge, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Stanford commit had 33 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 deflections in 2016.

Special teams

Kicker

Brayden Narveson, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 6-0, 190, Sr.

Watch to emerge as team’s full-time kicker after he made a 51-yard field goal last season.

Punter

Carlos Ritchie, Laveen Cesar Chavez, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Good all-around athlete who averaged 43 yards a punt last season with seven inside the 20-yard line.

Long snapper

Slater Zellers, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, 6-1, 220, Sr.

The No.1-ranked long snapper in the nation by Kohl’s, he has committed to California.

Kick returner

Aiden Diggs, Goodyear Millennium, 6-0, 170, Sr.

He was second in the nation in average kickoff return yardage last season with 44.7 in 15 attempts.

Punt returner

Keishaud White, Phoenix Desert Vista, 5-6, 160, Sr.

Two years ago, the only two punts he returned went for touchdowns.

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