Feeling nostalgic for the dog days of summer and preseason football talk? The smell of freshly cut grass and the stench of shoulder pads?
All right, maybe you're not looking back fondly at the stink of the gear. But here's a look back at the 2010 Ledger-Enquirer Dandy Dozen preseason all-star team, which should take you back to that time of year when it feels like every team has shot at a state title. It was such an optimistic time that Bi-City coaches actually voted 13 players on to the Dandy Dozen by way of a tie.
Each of these kids had a remarkable season, and some (ahem, Isaiah Crowell, cough cough, Gabe Wright) even had their share of moments in the national spotlight. So let's catch up on how each selection fared and where they're headed on national signing day.
Isaiah Crowell, Carver, RB (6-0, 210)2010 stats: 1,700 rushing yards, 18 TDs; repeated as All-Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year.What's next: Crowell will announce his college decision - either Georgia or Alabama - today live on ESPNU.
Brewton McCluskey, Brookstone, FB/LB2010 stats: Led team with 74 tackles (52 solo); first-team All-Bi-City running back.What's next: McCluskey is headed to Georgia Southern on an academic scholarship.
Oscar Horne, Shaw, LB (6-1, 210)2010 stats: 112 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles; first-team All-Bi-City linebacker.What's next: Horne has interest from Georgia Southern, Savannah State, West Georgia and Miles.
Walter Jackson, Hardaway, LB (5-11, 190)2010 stats: 123 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, 5 pass break-ups; All-Region 1-AAAA selection; first-team All-Bi-City selection.What's next: Jackson has interest from Huntingdon, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, West Georgia and West Alabama.
Marquez Cohen, Jordan, RB (5-10, 185)2010 stats: 750 rushing yards, 230 receiving yards, 5 TDs; All-Bi-City honorable mention.What's next: Cohen has interest from Georgia Southern, Savannah State and UT-Chattanooga.
Gabe Wright, Caver, DL (6-3, 275)2010 stats: 41 tackles (22 solo, 19 assisted), 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks; Parade All-American honorable mention; All-Bi-City Defensive Player of the Year.What's next: Wright is expected to chose between Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama live on ESPNU today.
Detavis Buggs, Harris County, QB/ATH (6-0, 165)2010 stats: 700 yards rushing, 400 yards passing, 5 TDs; second-team All-Bi-City selection as an athlete.What's next: Buggs has an offer from Eastern Kentucky and interest from Navy and Middle Tennessee State.
LaMichael Fanning, Harris County, DL (6-6, 285)2010 stats: None availableWhat's next: Fanning will sign with Alabama today.
Joseph Reese, Pacelli, QB/ATH (6-0, 190)2010 stats: 1,300 yards passing, 831 yards rushing, 18 TDs; All-Bi-City honorable mention as an athlete.What's next: Reese has interest from Savannah State, UT-Chattanooga, The Citadel and LaGrange.
David Cochran, Chattahoochee County, QB (6-2, 215)2010 stats: 54-for-109 passing for 736 yards (13.6 avg.) and 6 TDs; All-Bi-City honorable mention.What's next: No recruiting information available.
Shaquille Tolbert, Russell County, CB (5-10, 180)2010 stats: None available.What's next: Tolbert will sign with Army today.
Austin Scott, Hardaway, ATH (5-7, 169)2010 stats: 2,013 all-purpose yards and 14 TDs; first-team All-Bi-City selection and Region 1-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year.What's next: Scott will sign with Valdosta State today.
Tori Bennett, Central-Phenix City, OL (5-10, 280)2010 stats: Graded out at 89 percent.What's next: Bennett will sign with Stillman today.
Don't forget to keep checking back here and at ledger-enquirer.com and on our Twitter feeds (@le_chriswhite and @lesports) throughout the day for updates from all of the Bi-City signing ceremonies, and you can even watch a live stream of the Carver ceremony beginning at about 1:20 p.m., also at ledger-enquirer.com.