Ian Gorken, QB, Crystal Lake South
After splitting time at quarterback as a sophomore, Gorken moved into the role full time as a junior last fall.
The 5-foot-11 Gorken was still learning on the job in South's spread offense, but the dual-threat QB helped the Gators to their first playoff appearance since 2015. Gorken completed 67.2% (80 of 119) of his pass attempts for 1,306 yards with 14 touchdowns against just four interceptions, and he ran for 571 yards and eight scores.
Gorken is likely to take on an even more significant role this season after the Gators graduated their top running back (Zach Borgert) and wide receivers (Jacob Rana and Mike Helm).
Jake Shipla, OL/DL, MInooka
The two-way lineman contributed a lot for the Indians last season, but as a largely as a part of a young Indian team that didn't really click until later in the season, Shipla's accomplishments may not have been as well noticed as they might have been in other circumstances.
Shipla (6-foot-3, 250) really flexed his muscles on the defensive side of the ball where he racked up 21 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback sacks.
Minooka's defensive unit will expect Shipla to shoulder a lot of the load, especially early, and it appears they are more than broad enough to live up to that.