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Who's going to make the 2008 All-WNY football team?

Who will be All-Western New York?

As always, The News will pick a 25-man first team. Generally, the first team consists of a QB, three RBs, two WRs, five OLs, a K and Utility (basically a wild-card) on offense and four DBs, either three DLs or four LBs (or vice versa) and a P on defense.

When I say "generally," that means that rare exceptions are made (for instance, if there was a standout TE, there could be one on the team). There will also be a second and third team as well as honorable mentions.

We are looking for a first team that consists of -- as best as we can do it -- the best 25 football players in WNY. That means if there's a player who's gotten a lot of headlines as a RB but who has also made an stellar impact at LB or DB, he might make the team on defense. When it comes to the specialty positions, often times the punter or kicker (or both) will be a great all-around player who also excelled in those special-teams positions. Just something to think about.   

It's an excruciating but enjoyable process. The News selects the team with high school football guru Dick Gallagher after consultation with coaches, officials, pollsters, and the Trench Trophy committee, among others.

The team will be announced -- along with the final polls, The News Player of the Year award and all the league all-star teams -- in our All-WNY edition in early December.

VERY IMPORTANT: We are certainly looking forward to you making great points about who should be selected All-WNY. Some players will be picked over others, so comparing and contrasting is a natural part of this process. We want to hear why players should make the team. If you feel it absolutely necessary to discuss why certain players shouldn't make it, be respectful and polite, as almost all of you have been in all of your posts. Thanks very much for your feedback and enthusiasm for high school football.

A separate post on who should win the Connolly Cup and Player of the Year awards is coming soon.

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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