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Nassau football players to watch

JOHNNIE AKINS Roosevelt It’s no secret who the

JOHNNIE AKINS
Roosevelt
It’s no secret who the Rough Riders’ primary back is -- this 5-10, 195-pound senior. Akins also plays linebacker. | Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Nassau football players to watch. Players listed in alphabetical order by conference, starting with Conference I.

BILLY ANDRLE East Meadow Andrle, a 5-11, 230
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BILLY ANDRLE
East Meadow
Andrle, a 5-11, 230 senior fullback, was the Thorp Award winner last season with 1,307 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. He made 49 tackles at linebacker. |

NICK BALZANO Massapequa An All-County linebacker and wide
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NICK BALZANO
Massapequa
An All-County linebacker and wide receiver, Balzano had 90 tackles with 4 sacks last season as a junior. The 6-foot, 190-pound also caught two TD passes. |

CRAIG BERGE Massapequa A Georgetown-bound lacrosse star, the
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CRAIG BERGE
Massapequa
A Georgetown-bound lacrosse star, the 6-1, 175-pound wide receiver/defensive back caught six TD passes. |

CHIKA EWULU East Meadow At 6-3, 220 pounds,
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CHIKA EWULU
East Meadow
At 6-3, 220 pounds, this senior tight end is a big target with excellent hands. As a defensive end, Ewulu had four sacks and 35 tackles. |

CURTIS JENKINS Farmingdale A 6-1, 185-pound game-breaker, Jenkins
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CURTIS JENKINS
Farmingdale
A 6-1, 185-pound game-breaker, Jenkins ran for 1,230 yards and 12 TDs last season as a junior. Jenkins is a dangerous returner and also plays safety. |

CONNOR JOHNSON Oceanside Johnson, a free safety and
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CONNOR JOHNSON
Oceanside
Johnson, a free safety and running back, was active in the secondary with 82 tackles and 2 interceptions last year as a junior. He's 5-11, 170 pounds. |

JACK KORBER Massapequa An All-County running back and
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JACK KORBER
Massapequa
An All-County running back and defensive back, the 5-7, 165-pound Korber accumulated 1,500 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. |

JAMES KRETKOWSKI Oceanside At 6-6, 290 pounds, Kretkowski
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JAMES KRETKOWSKI
Oceanside
At 6-6, 290 pounds, Kretkowski is a senior two-way lineman and big-time Division I college prospect. Also proud of his big-time beard. |

KEVIN VANDERMARK Farmingdale This 6-foot, 290-pound senior lineman
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KEVIN VANDERMARK
Farmingdale
This 6-foot, 290-pound senior lineman anchors both sides of the ball for the No. 2 seed in Nassau Conference I. |

TYLER WARNER Baldwin Warner, a 5-10, 175-pound senior,
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TYLER WARNER
Baldwin
Warner, a 5-10, 175-pound senior, expects to improve on his 640 yards passing and 7 TD passes from a year ago. |

PETER BRASILE Wantagh A menace at linebacker, a
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PETER BRASILE
Wantagh
A menace at linebacker, a known run-stuffer who also is skilled in pass coverage (two interceptions last season), Brasile helped lead the Warriors to the final. At 5-11, 200 pounds, he is also a capable runner and pass-catcher out of the backfield. |

MATT BRUTUS Elmont The rangy, hard-hitting linebacker had
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MATT BRUTUS
Elmont
The rangy, hard-hitting linebacker had 65 tackles and two interceptions last season. Brutus' speed, pass-rushing skills and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage have earned him several college suitors. The 6-2, 185-pound senior also plays wide receiver. |

RAY CATAPANO Carey He completed 63 percent of
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RAY CATAPANO
Carey
He completed 63 percent of his passes and threw for 1,381 yards and 17 touchdowns last season after becoming the Seahawks' signal-caller in Week 3, leading them to the Nassau Class II semifinal. Catapano, a 6-2, 175-pound senior, holds the school single-game record with 361 passing yards. |

TARIQ COLE Long Beach An imposing and dominating
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TARIQ COLE
Long Beach
An imposing and dominating left tackle at 6-8, 360 pounds, Cole was an All-Long Island selection last year who has received Division I college interest. He has solid technique and instincts in pass protection and is an overpowering run-blocker. |

TYLER DAVIS Mepham As a sophomore, Davis threw
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TYLER DAVIS
Mepham
As a sophomore, Davis threw for 1,205 yards and eight touchdowns, averaged 6.5 yards per carry and added three rushing scores last season. At 6-4, 200 pounds, with a strong arm, Davis can excel in the Pirates' spread offense and explode this season. |

NICK ENGLISH Wantagh With a wrestling background and
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NICK ENGLISH
Wantagh
With a wrestling background and strong leverage, English has emerged as a dominant lineman on both sides of the ball. The 5-9, 225-pound senior is among the best playmakers at defensive tackle. |

CHRIS PARLER Long Beach Parler is a ballhawk
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CHRIS PARLER
Long Beach
Parler is a ballhawk as a defensive back and his explosiveness has made him a threat as a runner and receiver on offense. This year, out of necessity, the 5-9, 180-pound junior could also become the Marines’ quarterback. |

MATT ROBISON Carey Robison is a game-breaking receiver
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MATT ROBISON
Carey
Robison is a game-breaking receiver who can stretch the field. Robison had 48 receptions and a school-record eight receiving touchdowns last season, and he is capable of surpassing both totals. The 5-11, 170-pound senior also plays in the defensive secondary. |

BRETT STEWART Garden City The dual-threat quarterback set
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BRETT STEWART
Garden City
The dual-threat quarterback set school records passing for 1,676 yards and 23 touchdowns as junior, and ran for 919 yards and nine TDs. The 6-foot, 190-pounder led the Trojans to a Class II Long Island title last season. |

BRIAN BURKE Lynbrook Burke was part of an
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BRIAN BURKE
Lynbrook
Burke was part of an Owls offensive line that rushed for over 2,400 yards last season. The 6-foot, 220-pounder also plays linebacker. |

JOE CAPOBIANCO Lawrence The 5-11, 205-pound senior quarterback
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JOE CAPOBIANCO
Lawrence
The 5-11, 205-pound senior quarterback threw for more than 2,000 yards and a Long Island record 38 touchdowns last season. |

CHRISTIAN FERRUZZA Bethpage A 6-1, 177-pound quarterback, Ferruzza
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CHRISTIAN FERRUZZA
Bethpage
A 6-1, 177-pound quarterback, Ferruzza rushed for four touchdowns and threw for three last season. The senior also plays linebacker. |

JORDAN FREDERICKS Lawrence As a running back and
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JORDAN FREDERICKS
Lawrence
As a running back and wide receiver, Fredericks amassed over 2,000 all-purpose yards as junior and scored 21 touchdowns. The 5-11, 190-pounder also plays defensive back. |

NICK FRENGER Plainedge A 5-10, 190-pound senior, this
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NICK FRENGER
Plainedge
A 5-10, 190-pound senior, this four-year starter passed for more than 1,000 yards last year. |

RENATO GAMBOA Division He had 40 tackles last
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RENATO GAMBOA
Division
He had 40 tackles last year and never missed a snap on either side of the ball. The 6-4, 250-pound Gamboa plays defensive end and offensive tackle. |

ELIJAH JONES Lawrence This 6-2, 220-pound senior linebacker
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ELIJAH JONES
Lawrence
This 6-2, 220-pound senior linebacker made 44 tackles, including three sacks, in eight games last year. Jones is also a wide receiver. |

SIMON JONES Lawrence Jones had 103 tackles last
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SIMON JONES
Lawrence
Jones had 103 tackles last season, including nine sacks, at linebacker. The 6-1, 245-pounder also plays running back. |

ROBERT OLIVER Plainedge A two-way lineman, the 6-foot,
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ROBERT OLIVER
Plainedge
A two-way lineman, the 6-foot, 200-pound Oliver made 35 tackles, including five sacks last season as a junior. |

RYAN PERKINS Glen Cove Perkins ran for 630
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RYAN PERKINS
Glen Cove
Perkins ran for 630 yards on 91 carries and scored 10 touchdowns last season. The 5-11, 185-pounder also plays safety. |

JOHNNIE AKINS Roosevelt It’s no secret who the
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

JOHNNIE AKINS
Roosevelt
It’s no secret who the Rough Riders’ primary back is -- this 5-10, 195-pound senior. Akins also plays linebacker. |

VIN BIENEK Mineola Bienik's versatility is the X-factor
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VIN BIENEK
Mineola
Bienik's versatility is the X-factor in the Mustangs’ offense. The 6-2, 190-pound senior plays quarterback, defensive back and safety. |

ROBERT HANSEN Roosevelt Hansen, a 6-1, 240-pound senior,
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ROBERT HANSEN
Roosevelt
Hansen, a 6-1, 240-pound senior, leads an experienced O-Line that is strong up front. He also plays defensive tackle. |

JAMAL AARON HILL Malverne Malverne's senior quarterback creates
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JAMAL AARON HILL
Malverne
Malverne's senior quarterback creates a nice 1-2 punch in the spread with Maxon Jean. The 5-9, 175-pound senior also plays free safety. |

LOUIE JOKINSKYLocust Valley This 6-foot, 185-pound returning honorable
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LOUIE JOKINSKY
Locust Valley
This 6-foot, 185-pound returning honorable mention All-County running back looks to improve on his 975 yards rushing, five touchdowns and 27 tackles made at defensive back. |

RAYMOND JONES Roosevelt A stellar blocking tight end
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RAYMOND JONES
Roosevelt
A stellar blocking tight end and linebacker, Jones finished with 11 sacks and 68 tackles -- 12 for a loss. Jones is a 6-3, 210 pound senior. |

KYLE KOLODINSKY Seaford
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KYLE KOLODINSKY
Seaford

ENRIQUE MCFARLANE West Hempstead One of the main
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ENRIQUE MCFARLANE
West Hempstead
One of the main components in the double-wing offense who rushed for 770 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The 6-1, 210 pound senior linebacker also made 70 tackles as a junior. |

JAMES O'HAGAN Seaford At 6-3, 290 pounds, this
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JAMES O'HAGAN
Seaford
At 6-3, 290 pounds, this senior lineman is the lead blocker. He also plays defensive tackle. |

DONOVAN STEELE West Hempstead With his 6-5, 240-pound
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DONOVAN STEELE
West Hempstead
With his 6-5, 240-pound frame, Steele provides stability in the Rams’ 4-3 defense. This senior defensive end also plays tight end on offense. |

EITAN AGAGI Great Neck South The 5-8, 165-pound
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EITAN AGAGI
Great Neck South
The 5-8, 165-pound wide receiver caught six touchdowns last season as a junior. |

STEVE BENZ Long Island Lutheran This junior center,
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STEVE BENZ
Long Island Lutheran
This junior center, at 6-foot, 215 pounds, started as a sophomore last season. |

JUSTIN NASIMI Great Neck North Nasimi had 800
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JUSTIN NASIMI
Great Neck North
Nasimi had 800 all-purpose yards and scored six touchdowns last year. The 5-8, 175-pound senior also plays defensive back. |

TYRONE PERKINS Friends Academy He ran for 550
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TYRONE PERKINS
Friends Academy
He ran for 550 yards and finished with 13 total touchdown last season. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior also plays linebacker. |

ELIJAH WALTERS Long Island Lutheran Walters, a 6-foot,
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ELIJAH WALTERS
Long Island Lutheran
Walters, a 6-foot, 235-pounder, is the leading returning tackler with 41.The senior also plays fullback. |

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