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The Tennessean continues its high school football previews with a look at Division II-AA. The regular season begins Friday for the majority of TSSAA schools across the state.

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► Division II: A

Preseason Division II-AA All-Midstate team

OFFENSE

QB Drew Martin, BGA, Sr.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 190
Why chosen: 2016 Mr. Football semifinalist completed 171 of 291 passes for 2,450 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions for last year’s Division II-A quarterfinalist Wildcats.

RB Jaylen Frierson, BGA, Jr.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 225
Why chosen: 2016 all-district selection ran for 520 yards and eight touchdowns on 90 carries for last year’s pass-heavy Wildcats.

RB Julius Elders, Goodpasture, Jr.
Height: 5-11 Weight: 200
Why chosen: Racked up 519 yards and four touchdowns on 122 carries while serving as the Cougars reserve running back last season.

WR Lance Wilhoite, FRA, Jr.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 180
Why chosen: Four-star prospect was the team’s top receiver a season ago, hauling in five touchdown receptions while adding a rushing score for the Panthers.

WR Ollie Reese, BGA, Sr.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 180
Why chosen: 2016 all-district selection hauled in 37 receptions for 616 yards and eight touchdowns for last year’s Division II-A quarterfinalist Wildcats.

WR Noah Henderson, CPA, Jr.
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190
Why chosen: Henderson made 44 catches for 730 yards and seven touchdowns for last year’s Class 3A semifinalist Lions.

OL Joe More, CPA, Sr.
Height: 6-5 Weight: 270
Why chosen: Navy commitment and 2016 all-region selection helped anchor a Lions offense that averaged 272.4 yards and 21.6 points a season ago.

OL Eli Mayberry, BGA, Jr.
Height: 6-3 Weight: 215
Why chosen: 2016 all-district selection helped lead a Wildcats offense that averaged over 30 points a season ago.

OL Josh Guydon, FRA, Sr.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 280
Why chosen: Physically imposing two-way starter looks to help improve a Panthers offense that eclipsed the 20-point mark just three times last season.

OL Henry Proctor, CPA, Sr.
Height: 6-0 Weight: 235
Why chosen: Returning two-way starter helped lead a balanced Lions attack that ran for 1,981 yards, threw for 1,832 yards and scored 35 offensive touchdowns.

OL Taylor Lazenby, Goodpasture, Jr.
Height: 5-11 Weight: 232
Why chosen: Top returning lineman to a Cougars offense that ran for 2,423 yards and 29 touchdowns a season ago. 

K Sebastian Stubblefield, CPA, Jr.
Height: 5-11 Weight: 165
Why chosen: Stubblefield connected on 6 of 6 extra point attempts while also averaging 30.3 yards on four punts as a backup last season.

ATH Kel Hawkins, BGA, Sr.
Height: 5-11 Weight: 170
Why chosen: In addition to making 36 catches for 526 yards and six scores, the 2016 all-district selection also ran for 303 yards with four touchdowns.

DEFENSE

DL Tymon Mitchell, FRA, Jr.
Height:
6-3 Weight: 287
Why chosen: 2016 all-district selection and two-way starter has received offers from Iowa State, Louisville, Purdue and Vanderbilt.

DL Jacob Stopkotte, CPA, Jr.
Height:
6-4 Weight: 275
Why chosen: First-year starter is expected to follow in a long line of Lions linemen playing at the collegiate level.  

DL Brock Baldwin, BGA, Jr.
Height:
6-3 Weight: 245
Why chosen: 2016 all-district selection recorded 17.5 tackles — 3.5 for loss — and two sacks for last year’s Division II-A quarterfinalist Wildcats.

LB Jake Stafford, Lipscomb, Sr.
Height:
6-0 Weight: 210
Why chosen: 2016 all-region selection made 67 tackles — nine for loss — with 1.5 sacks, an interceptions and a blocked kick.

LB Kane Patterson, CPA, Jr.
Height:
6-2 Weight: 212
Why chosen: Patterson, who has offers from a handful of SEC schools, posted 75 tackles — 18 for loss — with five sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries.

LB Watson Tansil, FRA, Sr.
Height:
6-3 Weight: 215
Why chosen: Three-year starter and 2016 all-district selection was one of the lone bright spots on a Panthers defense that surrendered more than 30 points per game.

LB Caleb Silva, Lipscomb, Jr.
Height:
5-11 Weight: 185
Why chosen: Silva recorded 40 tackles — eight for loss — with a sack, a forced fumble and a recovery last season.

DB Jack Jewell, BGA, Sr.
Height:
6-3 Weight: 175
Why chosen: The 2016 all-district selection had 21 tackles and five interceptions for the Division II-A quarterfinalist Wildcats.

DB Conner Mitchell, BGA, Sr.
Height:
5-10 Weight: 170
Why chosen: 2016 all-district selection recorded 50 tackles — seven for loss — with a sack and an interception for last year’s Division II-A quarterfinalist Wildcats.

DB Sam West, CPA, Jr.
Height:
5-8 Weight: 160
Why chosen: West had 58 tackles and a fumble recovery. for last year’s Class 3A semifinalist Lions.

DB Grant Rathburn, Lipscomb, Sr.
Height:
6-1 Weight: 180
Why chosen: Rathburn recorded 11 tackles and an interception for the Mustangs last season.

P Logan Sakarapanee, Lipscmb, Sr.
Height: 5-10 Weight: 200
Why chosen: Sakarapanee averaged more than 30 yards per attempt as the Mustangs’ backup punter.

ATH Bryce McCormick, CPA, Jr.
Height:
6-2 Weight: 205
Why chosen: McCormick tallied a team-leading 80 tackles — 10 for loss — with a sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery for last year’s Class 3A semifinalist Lions.

Predicted order of finish

Division II-AA Middle 
1. CPA
2. BGA
3. Lipscomb
4. Goodpasture
5. FRA

Reach Michael Murphy at mfmurphy@tennessean.com, 615-259-8026 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports.