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Nassau IV football players to watch for 2017

John DeRidder #11 of Carle Place-Wheatley, left, rushes

John DeRidder #11 of Carle Place-Wheatley, left, rushes for a gain before being tackled by Nick Calandra #19 of Seaford in the first half on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Photo Credit: James Escher

TZIAH ALBERT, Carle Place/Wheatley, RB/CB

Speedy back who is explosive in the open field

COLIN BARNES, East Rockaway, RB/LB

Averaged 6.5 yards per rush and ran for nine touchdowns last season.

NICKY CALANDRA, Seaford, LB/FB

Physical leader of one of the top defenses in Nassau

AUSTIN CARMAN-LYONS, RB/OLB, Clarke

Scored 12 touchdowns and gained 1,200 all-purpose yards in 2016.

CONNOR CASSIDY, Cold Spring Harbor, RB/DB, Sr.

Patient runner is the focal point of the Seahawks offense.

ANDREW CHIRICO, Seaford, DE, Sr.

Impact pass rusher and run-stopper.

JOHN DERIDDER, Carle Place/Wheatley, FB/LB, Sr.

Key cog in the option offense and one of the leaders on defense.

JOVANI DURAN, Malverne, TE/LB, Jr.

Athletic defender is a constant threat to make plays in opposing backfields.

KYLE KANDEL, Clarke, DL/TE, Sr.

6-4, 260-pound lineman that made 42 tackles last year.

THOMAS O’BRIEN, Locust Valley, RB/LB, Sr.

Lead back in the Falcons’ power-running attack

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