Earlier this week DeMatha wide receiver Cam Phillips was named the Maryland State Player of the Year. The Virginia Tech bound Phillips joins an elite group of former Stags to take the top honor in the state. Phillips accomplished his best season with a unique blend of size and speed.
In 2007, former Stag Kenny Tate took Maryland’s top honor as a hard hitting safety. Tate could deliver bone-crushing hits while he also had a knack for the ball, grabbing interceptions and forcing fumbles from the defensive backfield. Tate would play at the University of Maryland before injuries unfortunately derailed his career.
Before Tate came another bruising DeMatha defender to take Maryland’s top honor in Ian Thomas. Thomas played linebacker in the mold of the greats, and played four seasons at the University of Illinios, earning All-Big Ten honors in his senior season. While at Illinois Thomas registered more than 250 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one interception in his Illini career.
Another DeMatha receiver took the top honor in 2003. Derek McPhearson was a speedster with great shift and breakaway ability. McPhearson starred at DeMatha before heading to play college football in the Big Ten, also at University of Illinois before transferring to Hampton to finish his college career.
Now going all the way back to the last millenium, Cameron Wake showed that he was the best defensive player in Maryland in 1999. Wake is still showing his skill at rushing the passer, only now he is doing it for the Miami Dolphins. Wake is in the middle of a career year for the Dolphins, but his story also shows the value of hard work and perseverance.
After starring at DeMatha, Wake played college ball at Penn State University. After college Wake went undrafted, then signed with the New York Giants. From New York, Wake ended up in the Canadian Football League, and impressed scouts. He later received offers to get back into the NFL and picked Miami. Now Wake is on the verge of a Pro Bowl berth!
Congrats to all of our former Players of the Year, and our current one!! Go Stags!