Posted On: 06/22/22 8:22 PM

Tons of defensive standouts flood the state with potential to bring home the DPOY award. Take a look at 10 of the top preseason candidates to bring it home:

A’Mauri Washington A’Mauri Washington 6'5" | DL Chandler | 2023 State AZ , DL, Chandler ’23: One of the most highly recruited players in the state has continued to blossom and prove that the hype is for real. He’ll be touted with a key role on a national contender team with a massive ceiling to blow up the state in 2022.


Mykeil Gardner Mykeil Gardner 6'3" | DL Liberty | 2023 State AZ , DL, Liberty ’23: Gardner emerged last year as a big problem along that D-line as he was a frequent menace against anyone he lined up against. Very explosive off the ball with tremendous play strength, and is prone for a lights out season.


Elijah Rushing Elijah Rushing 6'5" | DL Salpointe Catholic | 2024 State AZ , DE, Salpointe Catholic ’24: Rushing comes off a strong sophomore season with 7.5 sacks and 75 tackles. The combination of his length, speed, bend, and overall athleticism makes him a constant mismatch on the edges and has proven to be a game changer on the defensive side of the ball. A highly recruited kid that is intriguing

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