The Bee's Joe Davidson takes a closer look at 25 senior players who can make a difference for their teams.
Ponderosa, LB, 6-4, 235: Nicknamed "the Viking" for his thick beard, the three-year starter had 126 tackles in 2011.
Folsom, WR/DB, 6-0, 185: Carter could lead Bulldogs in receiving and returns. He's also a top cover man.
Laguna Creek, LB/TE, 6-0, 205: Quick and aggressive, Castex averaged 12.5 tackles for the Cardinals in 2011.
Nevada Union, QB, 6-0, 175: The wing-T specialist passed for 1,768 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. His father, Chris Cota, was a Miners QB 30 years ago.
Placer, QB, 6-1, 185: Denham can run or pass out of the wing-T. A rising recruit, he passed for 811 yards in 2011.
Yuba City, QB/DE, 6-0, 185: He passed for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 491 yards and five TDs.
Elk Grove, RB/DB, 5-10, 175: Frazier rushed for 1,494 yards and 21 scores in shared duty last season. He also leads a fast defense.
Grant, WR/S, 6-2, 195: The rising recruit had 141 tackles and made plays as a receiver last year. He also punts.
Granite Bay, LB, 6-3, 225: A scholar with Ivy League interest, the weight-room buff scored on a 95-yard interception return in 2011.
Sacramento, QB, 6-0, 180: Elusive and quick, Johnson passed for 2,146 yards and 22 TDs. He also plays DB.
Casa Roble, RB, 5-11, 185: After rushing for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011, Jones is poised to set career rushing marks for the Rams.
Franklin, WR, 6-0, 170: A playmaker in the Wildcats' spread, Lampley can also play QB, DB and return specialist.
El Camino, QB/DB, 6-0, 175: Entering his third year as starter, Lessard passed for 1,339 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011.
McClatchy, QB, 6-2, 190: Instinctive player kept the Lions competitive last season with his arm and legs. Passed for 1,344 yards and 16 TDs.
Del Oro, RB, 6-1, 195: San Jose State commit ran for 1,662 yards and 22 touchdowns. He's also a threat as a receiver and on returns.
Whitney, RB/DB, 5-10, 180: The three-year starter ran for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He was also team's top DB and plays on returns.
Monterey Trail, LB/FB, 6-0, 185: Three-year starter averaged 10.8 tackles in 2011. He's fast and physical as a runner or blocker in the veer offense.
Oak Ridge, QB, 6-2, 185: The next top Trojans passer threw for 927 yards and 11 touchdowns in six games before injuries.
Pleasant Grove, RB/DB, 5-10, 210: Next top runner for Eagles? Rushed for 625 yards and 13 TDs, and superb in secondary.
Mira Loma, LB, 5-11, 195: Averaged 13.5 tackles last season for a Matadors program desperate to be relevant again.
Jesuit, QB, 6-1, 175: Hard to stop as spread QB a year ago, he threw for 1,311 yards. Now, he'll run the veer.
Nevada Union, LB, 6-3, 225: Third-year starter will set school career tackling record. The Boise State commit had 158 stops in 2011.
Christian Brothers, WR/DB, 6-1, 185: Can catch short passes, go deep (five TDs), block and make plays on defense. He looks to improve on team's 1-9 season.
Burbank, RB, 5-11, 175: Ran for 1,496 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. He's also a top defensive back for Metro League champions.
Antelope, WR/DB, 6-0, 170: A deep threat with UCLA among schools offering a scholarship. He had six interceptions in 2011.