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Continued: 2013 All-Metro football team: Defense

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EJODAMEN EJIYA

Spring Lake Park • LB

6-3, 186. North Suburban Defensive MVP. Had 153 tackles (101 solo) in 10 games. Coach Jeff Schlieff said he’s “the best football player to come out of Spring Lake Park”. Headed to North Dakota State.

BLAKE WEBER

Prior Lake • LB

6-2, 212. Every-down player on both sides of the ball, yet never wears down. At his best in big games, as evidenced by a three-TD, 14-tackle effort against Eden Prairie. Minnesota, Northern Illinois, South Dakota are interested.

CONNER YEPSEN

Rosemount • DB

5-10, 150. Shutdown corner who can run with receivers. Great ball skills led to seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. Will play lacrosse at Division I Robert Morris.

BEN MEZZENGA

Totino-Grace • DB • Jr.

5-11, 175. Physical enough to handle big backs in run support, fast enough to run with receivers. A playmaker with a nose for the ball. Dangerous as a return man.

JAKE ENGELKEN

Maple Grove • DB

6-2, 180. Safety who plays like a linebacker. Excels in run support. Tackles are heard as well as seen. Had 94 tackles (58 solo), five tackles for loss. Returned two fumbles for TDs.

REID TAUBENHEIM

Farmington • K

6-1, 185. Huge leg leads to touchbacks on kickoffs. Accurate on field goals to 45-plus yards. Also punts with exceptional hang time. A Division I-level recruit.

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