Football: Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy named a national finalist for Anthony Muoz Lineman of the Year award.

Above: Ellis McCarthy (18) putting the hurt on Andy Guerrero.

(WHARTON, N.J.) Dec. 21, 2011–The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee has announced the six finalists for the prestigious Anthony Muoz Lineman of the Year award, given to the top prep lineman in the country. Muoz is regarded by many as the top offensive lineman in professional football history and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame after 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was honored in being named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, as well as to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team. Muoz’ college career was played at the University of Southern California where he was a two-time All-American 1978-79. The winner of the award will be announced at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Dinner on January 6, 2012, in San Antonio.

The 2011 Anthony Muoz Lineman of the Year award recipient was U.S. Army All-American Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga., who is now with the Georgia Bulldogs. The 2010 recipient was Seantrel Henderson from St. Paul, Minn., who is currently the starting right tackle for the Miami Hurricanes.

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Lattimore, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. The 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

Darius Hamilton, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ), DL
DJ Humphries, Mallard Creek High (Charlotte, NC) OL
Kyle Kalis, St. Edward High (Lakewood, OH) OL
Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia High (Monrovia, CA) DL
Kyle Murphy San Clemente High (San Clemente, CA) OL
Adolphus Washington, Taft High (Cincinnati, OH) DL

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  • BigCat

    I wish Ellis McCarthy the best. However, it’s gona be tough. San Clemente has a Calpreps rating of 65.8 and Monrovia has a Calpreps rating of only 30.4. That rating difference will probably be a factor in the final judging.

  • Observantcat

    Congratulations Mr. McCarthy, Ellis will have a very good chance of winning that award based on his overall rankings in his past 2 seasons as a prep and winning back to back CIF championships. In years past this award was given to guys who ranked at the top of their State and tops in the Country Ellis is our guy. Hope you luck, continue making us proud.

  • 6power

    I have no clue on the judging criteria, but the back to back crowns have got to shine a potent light for McCarthy’s chances to win.
    Just being nominated is diamond any kid should be proud of.


  • Kennedy Bryant

    Just remember us when you get to the big dance.. Zeus, Ill take 4 tickets between the 40 and 50 yard line field level. Thanks in advance. Congrats we are all pulling for you and wishing you continued success.


    I hope whomever is making the final pick actually got a chance to see, not just view a video clip or playback or article/writeup, Mr. McCarthy play. It’s a shame that he had to play in this era…we’re only getting a glimpse of what this young man can do or will be.

    Personally, I would have loved to see him play against those teams, pick any school in the valley, between 1977 and 1986…his opponents would have been bigger and faster..that would have been a sight to see.

    Legends, no matter where they go or what they do, will always be legends where they started..McCarthy is a Monrovia legend. I have no reservations about this young man’s athletic ability. None.

    Laurence Todd