Where are they now?
Oct 01, 2013 01:48PM
● By tina
Mitchell Osborne, Linebacker — University of Tulsa
A three-year varsity letterman, Mitchell Osborne is arguably one of the best and most productive linebackers to don the green and white. He earned a reputation as a playmaker and hard-hitter as a senior at Carroll, compiling 102 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a senior. As a sophomore for the Hurricanes, Osborne played in 14 games — starting five of them — while continuing to live up to his moniker as a playmaker, compiling 40 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Now a junior, Osborne adds depth to the defense of the reigning Conference USA Champions.
David Piland, Quarterback — University of Houston
As a senior at Carroll in 2009, David Piland put up astronomical numbers, leading the Dragons to an area championship while throwing for 2,668 yards and 20 touchdowns. Now a UH junior, he has had quite a career following in the footsteps of the NCAA’s all-time leader in passing yards, Case Keenum. As a freshman with the Cougars, Piland was named a Sporting News Honorable Mention Freshman All-American. Projected to be the starting quarterback this year, he will be following up on last year’s campaign in which he threw for 2,929 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Ben Perry, Defensive End — University of Minnesota
A late bloomer and one-year starter at Southlake, Ben Perry really came into his own after replacing all-decade team defensive lineman Brayden Burnett. During his senior season, he compiled 46 tackles and seven sacks for the Dragons. Keeping his momentum as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Perry started in all 12 games and was named to the prestigious All Big 10 freshman team. Perry followed his freshman campaign accumulating 10 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble for the Golden Gophers as a sophomore. Now a 6’5”, 253-pound junior, Perry finds himself in a position battle to be a starter and continues to make valuable contributions in the rotation.
Brayden Burnett, Defensive End — University of Missouri
During a stellar two-year career at Southlake where he manned the defensive-end spot across from Texas Tech Red Raider Jackson Richards, Brayden Burnett compiled a staggering 65 tackles, 15 sacks, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns as a senior. Now at the University of Missouri, Burnett played in 12 games last year, primarily on special teams and while rotating in the Tigers’ deep defensive rotation. In his last year of eligibility, he looks to factor significantly into this season’s highly regarded defensive rotation.