Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PrepNation 101 Preseason Countdown: No. 85 Oakland continues the most comprehensive package of preseason high school football rankings ever published. We are counting down the PrepNation 101 Preseason High School Football Rankings, from No. 101 to No. 26, leading up to the release of the official preseason National Prep Poll on August 3.

85. Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Last season: 14-1, Class 5A state champion
Coach: Thomas McDaniel
Key players: DT-OT Tim McAdoo (6-2, 320, Sr.), CB-RB Zack Barnes (6-0, 185, Sr.), OG-DT Darius Coffey (6-1, 225, Sr.), TE-LB Joell Keeling (6-0, 210, Sr.), DE Austin Murray (6-3, 245, Sr.), QB Christian Adams (5-11, 165, Jr.)
Outlook: With seven starters returning on each side of the ball, the Patriots are poised to win back-to-back state titles. Interior line player will be one of the team’s strengths. That’s where you will find returning all-state performer McAdoo. Returning defenders Barnes (10 passes broken up) and Murray (65 tackles) were all-region selections. Returning to lead the offense is Adams, who started half of Oakland’s games as a sophomore.

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