Kansas Pregame has partnered with the Kansas Football Coaches Association to provide capsules for their Top 11 and Coach of the Year picks. The team consists of 11 players and an overall Coach of the Year which were nominated from each classification's KFBCA All-State teams and voted on by coaches at the annual KFBCA All-State meeting December 9th in Wichita.
Note, the teams are composed of seniors only and only players from dues paying members of the association are considered. The KFBCA is composed of only 11-Man coaches. The 8-Man coaches operate a separate Kansas Eight-Man Football Coaches Association.
Joe Michalski, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-5, 275, OL
The best player on arguably the state’s best offensive line Michalski helped lead Randy Dreiling’s Aquinas squad to the program’s first state championship and recently signed on the dotted line to play at Oklahoma State next fall.
Dreiling called Michalski one of the two best linemen he’s ever coached in a storied career at both Aquinas and Hutchinson.
Michalski is an excellent student, a beast in the weight room and has spent the last two seasons racking up honors. He’s a two-time Top 11 pick for both the Capital-Journal and the Eagle, a three-time first team All-Eastern Kansas League pick and was picked to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl next summer in Dodge City.
Aquinas coach Randy Dreiling on Michalski: “Joe has been a three-year starter and has been the anchor of the line that every year has set and broke the Aquinas total offensive yards and scoring record. Joe is a total team player and one of the best kids from a respect and work ethic standpoint you could ever coach. His teammates obviously felt the same way electing him captain this year.”
Miege coach Jon Holmes on Michalski: “Michalski was a dominant offensive lineman that played hard every snap. He never took a play off. He was able to get to the next level and seal off linebackers.”