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Football 2001: The Fabulous 22

Thursday, November 22, 2001

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Western Pennsylvania is known as the cradle of quarterbacks, and this year's Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 has a crib full of QBs. Eight quarterbacks were selected to this year's team, which is picked by the PG scholastic sports staff, with help from high school and college coaches.

This is the 21st year of the Fabulous 22. Judging from past history, some of these players will go on to successful college careers. A few might also make it to the NFL. Five years ago, the Fabulous 22 included four players who are either rookies or second-year players in the NFL. They are North Hills' LaVar Arrington (Washington Redskins), Peabody's Kevan Barlow (San Francisco 49ers), Laurel Highlands' William Peterson (New York Giants) and North Allegheny's Mike McMahon (Detroit Lions).

Tyler PALKO
West Allegheny/QB-DB
6-2 1/2, 212/Senior

Some scouting services rank him among the top five quarterbacks in the country. Has completed 101 of 177 passes (57 percent) for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. Has rushed for 556 yards on 122 attempts and scored seven touchdowns. Plays free safety and is one of the team's leading tacklers with 75. Has three interceptions and has helped the Indians to the WPIAL Class AAA title game. This is his third year on the Fabulous 22 and West Allegheny will try to win the WPIAL for the third year in a row. Has a 45-7 record in four seasons as a starter, including an 11-1 mark in the WPIAL playoffs. Has 6,667 career yards -- 5,058 passing and 1,609 running. Had scholarship offers from colleges across the country, but made a verbal commitment to Pitt in June.

Steve BREASTON
Woodland Hills/QB-DB
6-2, 170/Senior

One of the most exciting players to play in the WPIAL, leading his team into its second straight WPIAL AAAA championship game. This season, he has been involved in 28 touchdowns either running, passing or on punt returns. The average length of those touchdowns is 44.8 yards. Has 18 rushing touchdowns, nine of 50 yards or more. Has thrown for eight touchdowns, four of 40 yards or more. Has two punt returns for touchdowns of 62 and 93 yards. For the season, he has rushed for 1,335 yards on 104 carries (12.8 average). Has completed 25 of 64 passes for 458 yards. In two seasons, he has 2,251 yards rushing on 199 carries (11.3 average). Has scholarship offers from numerous Division I schools, including Pitt, Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Northwestern. Most want him as a receiver or defensive back.

Mark FARRIS
North Hills/OG-DT
6-6, 280/Senior

Four-year starter who is ranked among top 20 offensive linemen in the country. Made Fabulous 22 as a junior. Will visit Miami. Also considering Pitt, Penn State, Michigan, Boston College and Georgia Tech, among others.

Brian BORGOYN
Woodland Hills/OT
6-5, 295/Senior

Scouting services rank him among top 25 offensive linemen in the country. Moves well for a big player. Three-year starter. Is considering Florida, Boston College, Notre Dame, Michigan, Pitt and Penn State, among others.

Luke GETSY
Steel Valley/QB
6-3, 205/Senior

Seventh in the WPIAL in passing yardage during regular season. Finished 99 of 172 for 1,639 yards. One of top passers in league history. A four-year starter who finished 388 of 752 for 6,010 yards. Has committed to Pitt.

Brian YOUNG
Mt. Lebanon/RB
6-1, 185/Senior

Was the WPIAL's leading rusher during the regular season. Rushed for more than 200 yards in four games in a row. Finished with 2,214 yards on 333 carries and scored 27 touchdowns. Will attend Georgetown University and play lacrosse.

Steve BUCHES
Central Catholic/TE
6-4, 220/Senior

Considered one of the best tight ends in the state. Has 28 catches for 644 yards and six touchdowns. A good leaper with excellent hands. Has narrowed his college list to Purdue, Boston College, Maryland and, possibly, Wisconsin.

Dan MOZES
Washington/OT-DT
6-3, 290/Senior

Standout two-way lineman for the No. 1-ranked Class AA team in the state. A powerful blocker on offense, Mozes also has 71 tackles, including 37 unassisted, and seven sacks. Made verbal commitment to West Virginia in August.

Bob TUDI
Central Catholic/QB
5-9, 170/Senior

Tudi might be small, but he's been gigantic for Central Catholic. Has completed 103 of 189 passes for 1,669 yards for WPIAL Class AAAA finalist. Has rushed for 351 yards. In his career, has completed 298 of 586 for 4,571 yards.

Bob WHITAKER
Mt. Lebanon/OT
6-5, 305/Senior

A big offensive lineman who helped open holes for Brian Young, the WPIAL's leading rusher in the regular season. Whitaker's five college finalists are North Carolina State, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Oklahoma.

Kareem DUTRIEUILLE
Woodland Hills/RB
5-9, 195/Senior

Quick and powerful runner who has rushed for more than 2,000 yards in two seasons. This year, has 1,295 on 183 carries and has scored 15 touchdowns. Some Mid-American Conference schools have offered scholarships.

Kevin McLEE
Uniontown/RB-LB
6-1, 231/Senior

One of the main reasons Uniontown finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time since '65. Rushed for 1,637 yards on 247 attempts. Ran for 1,122 as a junior. West Virginia has offered him a scholarship.

Greg DAPPER
Keystone Oaks/QB
6-3, 202/Senior

Led Keystone Oaks to a WPIAL playoff berth for the first time since 1983. Completed 131 of 218 passes for 1,920 yards. In two seasons, was 257 of 448 for 3,298 yards. Has made verbal commitment to Temple.

Todd HARRIS
Duquesne/RB-DB
5-9, 193/Senior

Finished career as seventh-leading rusher in WPIAL history with 5,224 yards. This season, rushed for 1,713 yards on 244 attempts and scored 15 touchdowns. Has scholarship offers from a few Division I colleges.

Daine WILLIAMS
Beaver Falls/RB-DB
5-10, 180/Senior

The great Daine has helped Beaver Falls to the WPIAL Class AA championship game. Went over 4,000 career yards in a semifinal game. This season, has rushed for 2,145 yards on 260 carries and scored 23 touchdowns.

Brandon ANDERSON
Penn Hills/RB
5-10, 185/Senior

One of the best running backs in WPIAL Class AAAA. Rushed for 1,525 yards on 251 carries and scored 24 touchdowns in helping team to WPIAL quarterfinals. Had 2,851 yards and 33 touchdowns in two seasons.

Ryan KWIECINSKI
McKeesport/FB-DB
6-2, 210/Senior

Moved from fullback to quarterback and had splendid senior season. He mastered running the option play and helped McKeesport to the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals. Rushed for 1,652 yards on 245 carries and scored 23 touchdowns.

Tom PARKS
North Allegheny/LB-OT
6-3, 230/Senior

One of the few players during Jim Rankin's 15 years as coach to start three seasons. Had 12 quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for losses this year. A few Division I colleges interested. Also one of the WPIAL's best wrestlers.

Matt BONISLAWSKI
Highlands/QB-DB
6-5, 185/Senior

Was team's second-leading receiver last year, but moved to quarterback this year and led team to WPIAL semifinals for only the second time in school history. Completed 105 of 203 pases for 1,557 yards. Also a talented basketball player.

Kevin McCABE
Pine-Richland/QB
6-3, 215/Junior

The only nonsenior on the Fabulous 22. Considered one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state. Missed a few games with injuries, but still completed 79 of 131 passes (60 percent) for 1,053 yards. Division I colleges are interested.

Bradd BARTOS
North Allegheny/RB
5-11, 200/Senior

Bartos put the charge in North Allegheny's offense and helped the Tigers to the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals. Rushed for 1,376 yards on 230 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. Gained 2,394 yards the past two seasons.

Drew GARCIA
Central Catholic/WR
6-2, 180/Senior

Developed into one of the WPIAL's best receivers this season. Has caught 51 passes for 738 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Doesn't have blazing speed, but has excellent hands. Caught 80 passes the past two seasons.

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