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Burney's Bites will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Gridiron Memories - A Passing Fancy

With so many great QB's in the area this year, I thought I'd take some time to look back on some of the best prep field generals I've had the pleasure of seeing play in person
1. Mill Coleman/Drew Stanton  - Farmington Hills Harrison:  Mill "The Thrill" Coleman was one of the most electrifying to ever play the position in the history of Oakland County. The definition of the ultimate dual threat in the late-1980's, Coleman went on to star at wide receiver at Michigan State in the early-1990's. Stanton was a dynamite prepster and today is a back-up for the Detroit Lions. Both Coleman and Stanton took home state championships under legendary Hawks head coach John Herrington
2. Lloyd Abramson and Bill Feldmaier - Birmingham Seaholm: Abramson and Feldmaier were both great signal callers for the Maples in the early-to-mid 1990's. Abramson was a strong-armed gunner who ended up on scholarship at Northwestern. Feldmaier, who cut his teeth in the pit of the fire as a sophomore replacing an injured Abramson in Seaholm's epic run through the 1993 playoffs, played at Buffalo in the late-1990's. Under Feldmaier's keen leadership and great game-management style, the Maples pulled off the upset of the decade, knocking off nationally-ranked Birmingham Brother Rice in the District Final.
3. Diallo Johnson/Jermaine Gonzales/Justin Siller - Orchard Lake St. Mary's: Johnson, Gonzales, Siller, and even today's Eaglet star QB Robert Bolden (Penn State), seem to be all cut from the same cloth - stellar athletes, with great arms and equally-dangerous speed. Johnson and Gonzales - both state champions with their respective teams -both wound up being receivers at Michigan. Siller is currently calling plays under center at Purdue.
4. Daunte Robinson - Pontiac Central: Latter-day prep version of current Lions' QB Daunte Culpepper in his prime, Back in the 1990's Robinson was the complete package for the Chiefs. A prodigious stat-monger, he was big, physical, and gutsy. Sadly, Robinson was killed in a drive by shooting several years back.
5. Devin Gardner - Inkster: Best High School QB I've seen in quite some time. His game is smooth as they come. And the kid loves the pressure cooker. Watch your back, Tate Forcier, DG';s coming to the A-squared next year.
Honorable Mention
Mike Clinton/Kyle Rance - Troy
Mark Morgan - Lahser
Matt Baker/Derek Canine/Steve Merchant - Brother Rice
Paul Van Damn - Rochester
Jacob Ball/Andrew Waszak - Rochester Hills Adams
Kevin Deighton - Berkley
Matt Kives - DCD
Dave Watkins - Walled Lake Western
Jason Whalen - Walled Lake Central


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