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Norton Sailors' do-everything man

Newport Harbor senior hardly sat during a game, excelling as a receiver and defensive back, and contributing on special teams.

December 24, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com

Norton is now hoping to can catch on with a college football program. Norton, a two-time Dream Team selection, said two schools have shown interest, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

"That's my top choice," Norton said of SMU, a member of Conference USA, which is part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, compared to Lindenwood, a NAIA school. "I had an unofficial visit at SMU [on Nov. 20] and went to [its] home game against Marshall. I really liked the environment and the football program, especially the spread offense [the Mustangs run]. They're a high-scoring offense and I think I'd fit in as a slot receiver. I have good hands and I'm good at getting open.

"I'm going back in January on an official visit. I would be fine with being a walk-on player with a shot to earn a scholarship later. I just want to keep playing football."

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Here are the rest of the players on this year's Dream Team.

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Offensive Player of the Year

Taylor Ross

Sage Hill | RB

The senior running back produced one of the best offensive seasons in the area's history. Ross rushed for 1,869 yards and 26 touchdowns, both totals are Sage Hill single-season records and ranked him third and second, respectively, in Orange County. Ross, the Academy League Offensive MVP, topped at least 100 yards on the ground in each of the 11 games on the Sage Hill (8-3, 2-1 in league) schedule. He recorded a school-record 250 yards in a 20-13 victory against Fairmont Prep. Ross also converted five of six field-goal attempts, including a 45-yarder in the first round of the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs, and made 37 extra-point kicks. Ross finished with 216 points, third best in the county. Ross is a two-time Dream Team selection.

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Defensive Player of the Year

Preston Risser

Corona del Mar | LB

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