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June 15, 2012Class D-1 has three returning offensive Huskerland All-State Selections from last season. Tyler Schnitzler would have been four, but Kenesaw dropped to Class D-2 for this upcoming season.
Dylan Lauenstein, Bruning-Davenport-Shickley, senior offensive lineman
"I love football, and I love hitting people."
Those are the words of Dylan Lauenstein, a senior lineman for Bruning-Davenport-Shickley. After being the only underclass all-state selection on the offensive line last year for Huskerland Preps, you know he hits people, and does it well.
Lauenstein is 6-2, 275 pounds which usually makes him the biggest, or one of the biggest, kids on the field. This doesn't make him slow. He has really impressive lateral quickness for a guy of his size. Sometimes even the best lineman can get lost in the shuffle to the common eye. Lauenstein's co-head coach Mark Rotter says not to worry.
"To the casual observer it would be easy to overlook. The coaches notice him, that 93 is really something," says Rotter about Lauenstein.
There is a good chance that when Lauenstein takes the field this fall he will usually be the biggest and strongest guy on the field. Unfortunately for the opposition this won't make him take it easy on them.
Nate Hass, Guardian Angels Central
Catholic, senior running back
Nate Hass was a boss last season. He led Guardian Angels Central Catholic (GACC) with 1937 yards rushing, which were almost two-thirds of the team's entire rushing total. He averaged 149 yards a game and 7.63 yards a carry.
Hass stands at a very solid 5-10, 170 pounds for Bluejays. Last season he was the workhorse for the team and led them all the way to the D-1 state title game where they were defeated by Elgin-Pope John 44-14.
As good as he is on offense; he is also the key to the defense success of the team where he led the team in tackles with 112 total tackles (including 78 unassisted).
In other words, Hass almost never leaves the field. This makes his production from a position like running back even more impressive. He is taking shots play-after-play and continues to get up and churn out another eight yard run, or break off a 50 yarder.
Jac Bailey, McCool Junction, senior
There is one common theme when Jac Bailey has the football; he usually will find his way to the end zone several times a game, often running, sometimes passing.
Bailey found the end zone 28 times last year (five passing). Eight other times he was counted on for a two-point conversion.
Bailey rushed for 1352 yards last season and averaged 193.1 yards a game. He ran for 7.42 yards a carry for the Mustangs who finished the season 7-2.
When he wasn't rushing the football, Bailey could be found passing it. He accounted for 600 yards through the air. Overall, Bailey was a factor in 60 percent of the total offensive yardage for the Mustangs.
Bailey is a big kid, 6-1, 200 pounds, and this allows him to run through people or around them. He is a stellar athlete that is the engine that drives the car for McCool Junction.