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Nassau football players to watch in 2015

Find out which Nassau high school football players you should watch this season.

Chris Bacotti

Massapequa, senior Running back/defensive back Chris Bacotti, an
Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Massapequa, senior
Running back/defensive back
Chris Bacotti, an honorable mention All-County player, is a key to the Chiefs' offense.

Tyreek Bromley

Long Beach, junior Running back/linebacker A power runner
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Long Beach, junior
Running back/linebacker
A power runner with speed who ran for 500 yards and four touchdowns, Tyreek Bromley provides versatility in the backfield with his ability to catch the ball and block.

Aston Brown

Elmont, senior Wide receiver/defensive back With speed, strength,
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Elmont, senior
Wide receiver/defensive back
With speed, strength, and good hands, Aston Brown is a difficult cover in the passing game. He totaled 435 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season. Brown also is a shutdown cornerback.

Tom Cannisi

West Hempstead, senior Running back/linebacker Tom Cannisi is
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West Hempstead, senior
Running back/linebacker
Tom Cannisi is a good tackler with strong fundamentals.

Alexander Cappellino

Chaminade, senior Defensive lineman Alexander Cappellino is the

Chaminade, senior
Defensive lineman
Alexander Cappellino is the strongest member of the defensive line.

Anthony Catapano

Carey, senior Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Stony Brook-bound run-blocking
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Carey, senior
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman
Stony Brook-bound run-blocking specialist Anthony Catapano is looking to lead Carey to a third straight Long Island title. He anchors both sides of the line.

Michael Catanese

Carey, senior Quarterback Mike Catanese is an athletic
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Carey, senior
Quarterback
Mike Catanese is an athletic and mobile quarterback who threw for 1,516 yards and 21 touchdowns, ran for 807 yards and nine touchdowns and guided the Long Island Class II champs to an unbeaten season as a junior.

Frank Castiglione, North Shore

5-8, 145 pounds, Senior Wide receiver/defensive back Castiglione
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5-8, 145 pounds, Senior
Wide receiver/defensive back
Castiglione used his quick burst off the line to help grab 33 receptions for 576 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.

Josh Corbett, Floral Park

6-1, 195, Senior Quarterback/free safety A great football
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6-1, 195, Senior
Quarterback/free safety
A great football IQ and impeccable pocket presence separate Corbett from the rest.

Mike Curiel, Hewlett

6-3, 285, Senior Guard / defensive tackle Size,
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6-3, 285, Senior
Guard / defensive tackle
Size, strength and athleticism make Curiel a force on Hewlett's line. He had 48 tackles and four sacks as a junior.

Aaron Dawson

Clarke, senior Running back/defensive back Aaron Dawson scored
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Clarke, senior
Running back/defensive back
Aaron Dawson scored 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,200 yards as a junior.

Mike Del Gais

East Rockaway, senior Quarterback/defensive back Mike Del Gais
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East Rockaway, senior
Quarterback/defensive back
Mike Del Gais is a two-way threat with seven touchdowns and 24 tackles.

Mike Elardo

Syosset, senior Wide receiver/defensive back Mike Elardo set
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Syosset, senior
Wide receiver/defensive back
Mike Elardo set Long Island records for yards receiving (1,421) and touchdowns (19).

Tristan Etienne

Long Island Lutheran, junior Running back Tristan Etienne

Long Island Lutheran, junior
Running back
Tristan Etienne had seven touchdowns and 666 rushing yards as a sophomore.

Kieran Fitzgerald

Kellenberg, senior Wide receiver Crafty and speedy, Kieran
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Kellenberg, senior
Wide receiver
Crafty and speedy, Kieran Fitzgerald had six receiving touchdowns as a junior.

Mike Garcia

Freeport, senior Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Mike Garcia, Freeport's
Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Freeport, senior
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman
Mike Garcia, Freeport's strongest player, anchors an experienced offensive line.

Vincent Guarino

Oceanside, senior Quarterback The All-County Vinny Guarino threw
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Oceanside, senior
Quarterback
The All-County Vinny Guarino threw for 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Brian Haeffner

Garden City, senior Running back/defensive back A speedy
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Garden City, senior
Running back/defensive back
A speedy and physical runner with great field vision, Brian Haeffner ran for 1,202 yards and 16 touchdowns while helping Garden City advance to the county championship game.

Corey Hill, Plainedge

6-2, 230, Junior Running back / linebacker A
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6-2, 230, Junior
Running back / linebacker
A bruiser of a running back, Hill ran for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, he had 30 tackles and seven sacks.

Will Hogan

Syosset, senior Quarterback Will Hogan, a returning Newsday
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Syosset, senior
Quarterback
Will Hogan, a returning Newsday All-Long Island player, threw for 2,025 yards and led the Braves to their first Long Island Championship.

Jude Innocent, Roosevelt

5-10, 175, Senior Running back / safety A
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5-10, 175, Senior
Running back / safety
A transfer from Brentwood, Innocent brings craftiness and speed to the Roosevelt ground attack and backfield.

Dan Isaacs

St. Dominic, senior Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Dan Isaacs
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St. Dominic, senior
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman
Dan Isaacs is a two-way starter and a leader on both lines.

Alex Kaley

Cold Spring Harbor, senior Running back/linebacker Alex Kaley
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Cold Spring Harbor, senior
Running back/linebacker
Alex Kaley is a beastly all-around player with 10 TDs and 70 tackles.

Phil Kandel

Clarke, senior Offensive lineman/linebacker Phil Kandel, a four-year
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Clarke, senior
Offensive lineman/linebacker
Phil Kandel, a four-year varsity starter, brings experience.

Jimmy Kelleher

MacArthur, senior Quarterback Jimmy Kelleher has a strong
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MacArthur, senior
Quarterback
Jimmy Kelleher has a strong arm, even when rolling to his left, and threw for 1,175 yards and 6 touchdowns last season. He?s tough to tackle on the tuck and run, and he rushed for 12 touchdowns.

Davien Kuinlan, Plainedge

6-1, 215, Senior Quarterback / linebacker There was
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6-1, 215, Senior
Quarterback / linebacker There was no stopping Davien Kuinlan last year. The versatile quarterback ran for 2,304 yards and 31 touchdowns, and threw for more than 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Jack Lasher

Seaford, senior Center/linebacker Small but strong center Jack
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Seaford, senior
Center/linebacker
Small but strong center Jack Lasher helps anchor an experienced offensive line.

Frank Luaretti

Seaford, senior Fullback/linebacker Frank Lauretti is an overpowering
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Seaford, senior
Fullback/linebacker
Frank Lauretti is an overpowering fullback and team cornerstone.

Zach Locicero, Lynbrook

6-0, 185, Senior Quarterback Zach LoCicero completed 71
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6-0, 185, Senior
Quarterback
Zach LoCicero completed 71 of 122 passes for 1,222 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, becoming the first 1,000-yard quarterback in school history. He also rushed for 635 yards.

Matt Mascia

East Meadow, senior Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Matt Mascia
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East Meadow, senior
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman
Matt Mascia made 59 pancake blocks and 30 tackles. He was a second-team Newsday All-Long Island selection last season.

Spencer Matthaei

Locust Valley, senior Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Spencer Matthaei
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Locust Valley, senior
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman
Spencer Matthaei has verbally committed to play football for Yale.

Miguel McKenzie

Baldwin, senior Offensive lineman/defensive lineman A big-time lineman,
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Baldwin, senior
Offensive lineman/defensive lineman
A big-time lineman, Miguel McKenzie excelled on a 10-1 Baldwin team that reached the Nassau County final.

Tom McPartland

Farmingdale, senior Wide receiver/safety Tom McPartland is a
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Farmingdale, senior
Wide receiver/safety
Tom McPartland is a heady defender who had 38 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Shalike Merchant

Westbury, senior Running back/linebacker An aggressive and athletic
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Westbury, senior
Running back/linebacker
An aggressive and athletic runner with breakaway speed, Shalike Merchant can make cuts on a dime and is difficult to bring down. He ran for 10 touchdowns and just over 1,100 yards last season.

Victor Mintz, Lawrence

6-3, 220, Senior Linebacker / wide receiver Mintz's
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6-3, 220, Senior
Linebacker / wide receiver
Mintz's size makes him a nightmare to defend. He had 572 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last year, and also made 55 tackles as a linebacker.

Colin Moran

Holy Trinity, senior Linebacker Colin Moran is a
Photo Credit: Newsday / Peter Cappiello

Holy Trinity, senior
Linebacker
Colin Moran is a defensive captain who had 52 tackles as a junior.

Andrew Morgan

Malverne, senior Running back/linebacker Andrew Morgan started eight

Malverne, senior
Running back/linebacker
Andrew Morgan started eight games at linebacker and had 52 tackles.

Nico Mueller

Plainview JFK, senior Running back/linebacker Nico Mueller scored
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Plainview JFK, senior
Running back/linebacker
Nico Mueller scored six touchdowns last season, but he will have a much bigger role on offense this year. He also made 31 tackles.

Kenneth Mulkeen

Kellenberg, senior Offensive lineman Kenneth Mulkeen is a
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Kellenberg, senior
Offensive lineman
Kenneth Mulkeen is a great run blocker and will play center for the first time.

John Pedranghelu

Locust Valley, senior Running back/safety John Pedranghelu should
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Locust Valley, senior
Running back/safety
John Pedranghelu should stand out on a senior-laden team.

Corey Sachs

Wantagh, senior Tight end/linebacker A tight end who
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Wantagh, senior
Tight end/linebacker
A tight end who catches everything, Corey Sachs led the Warriors with 387 receiving yards last season. He has great instincts on both sides of the ball. Sachs had four interceptions and 58 tackles at linebacker.

Charlie Tomassetti

Farmingdale, senior Tight end/defensive lineman An impact edge
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Farmingdale, senior
Tight end/defensive lineman
An impact edge rusher, Charlie Tomassetti should improve on his 42 tackles and five sacks.

Elijah Tracey

Sewanhaka, senior Quarterback/defensive back Fast and elusive, Elijah
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Sewanhaka, senior
Quarterback/defensive back
Fast and elusive, Elijah Tracey can break free on the option. He had over 1,400 all-purpose yards, 13 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns. Tracey is a strong man-to-man defender in the secondary.

Stephen Vailes, Roosevelt

5-9, 165, Junior Quarterback On the biggest stage,
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5-9, 165, Junior
Quarterback
On the biggest stage, Vailes proved his ability. He threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns in helping to lead Roosevelt to a Nassau Conference IV crown last year.

Marquan Williams, Lawrence

6-1, 180, Senior Running back / safety A
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6-1, 180, Senior
Running back / safety
A dynamic offensive weapon, Marquan Williams had 540 rushing yards, 520 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last year.

Jared Wolfe

MacArthur, senior Wide receiver/linebacker Jared Wolfe is a
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

MacArthur, senior
Wide receiver/linebacker
Jared Wolfe is a deep threat who runs solid routes and has great hands. He had 36 receptions for 381 yards and four touchdowns last season.

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