Trent Mahler

SCHOOL: Concord

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/195

THE STAT LINE: There might not have been a more complete defensive lineman in Bay Area, as Mahler recorded an astounding 168 tackles and 22 sacks. He did that playing nearly every snap of every game on both the offensive and defensive line.

Austin Hooper

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Junior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4/233

THE STAT LINE: Hooper burst onto the scene as a sack artist for the Spartans, recording 101/2 sacks to go with 46 tackles. He'll return next year to help anchor what should be another talented De La Salle defense.

T.J. Daniel

SCHOOL: Bishop O'Dowd

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-7/230

THE STAT LINE: The Oregon-bound Daniel was a beast off the edge, racking up 63 tackles and 71/2 sacks for an O'Dowd team that won the Hayward Area Athletic League title.

Mitch Frentescu

SCHOOL: Las Lomas

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/260

THE STAT LINE: A two-way mauler that commanded double and triple teams, Frentescu was one of the big men up front that helped the Knights reach the NCS Division II playoffs.

Michael Barton

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/211

THE STAT LINE: Barton was the unquestioned leader of one of De La Salle's all-time best defenses, stepping into a key role as a leader and primary playmaker. He recorded 103 tackles and three sacks, and will play at Cal next season.

Hardy Nickerson Jr.

SCHOOL: Bishop O'Dowd

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/220

THE STAT LINE: Nickerson, who will play at Cal -- the alma mater of his dad, Hardy Nickerson -- was a hard-hitting force who led the Dragons defense with 153 tackles.

Vince Graziano

SCHOOL: Campolindo

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10/220

THE STAT LINE: Graziano led the Cougars' front seven that proved capable of shutting down strong offenses, particularly in their run to the NCS Division III championship.

D'hari Curtis-Webster

SCHOOL: Pittsburg

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9/220

THE STAT LINE: Curtis-Webster recorded 64 tackles in the regular season and was named the defensive MVP of the BVAL, leading the Pirates as they reached the NCS Division I semifinals.

Griffin Piatt

SCHOOL: Campolindo

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/180

THE STAT LINE: Piatt tied for the team lead with 12 interceptions as a key member of one of the top secondaries in the area for the NCS Division III champions.

Bo Banks

SCHOOL: Encinal

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/165

THE STAT LINE: Banks was the Bay Shore Athletic League Offensive and Defensive MVP and had nine interceptions for the BSAL champions and NCS semifinalists.

Josh Jenkins

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/184

THE STAT LINE: One of the biggest reasons teams struggled to pass against the Spartans was Jenkins' ability to take away an entire side of the field. He recorded two interceptions, recovered three fumbles and also contributed at receiver.

Karl Thornton

SCHOOL: Campolindo

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-11/185

THE STAT LINE: Thornton matched Griffin Piatt with 12 interceptions for a team that had 45 on the season, a key reason the Cougars made a run to the CIF Division III state championship game.

Anthony Williams

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Utility

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/187

THE STAT LINE: Whether it was as a receiver, safety or returner, Williams was De La Salle's most electrifying playmaker with the ball in his hands. He scored 11 total touchdowns, and his diving interception in the CIF Open Division bowl game was one of the season's best plays.