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Vote now: Who is the best player in the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference?

Who will prove himself this season as the best player in the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference?

By René Ferrán and Bob Lundeberg

We’ve spent the past four weeks highlighting more than 100 teams and more than 1,000 players in Oregon high school football.

Now we want to hear from you: Who will prove himself this season as the best player in the 5A Mid-Willamette Conference? Cast your vote below and let us know who you think will be the Mid-Willamette’s top star in the fall of 2021.

We will send a free SBLive T-shirt to the winner of this poll! (Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, and we’ll announce the winner the following week.)

Chase Nelson (Central) photo by Leon Neuschwander

QB Chase Nelson, Jr., Central: Nelson received valuable experience as a sophomore starting quarterback. The well-built 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior also is an outstanding basketball player for the Panthers. (Central season preview)

OL/LB Brayden Foreman, Sr., Central: A returning two-way starter, Foreman will be a key piece for the Panthers on and off the field, manning the critical positions of left tackle and middle linebacker. (Central season preview)

QB Carter Steeves, Sr., Corvallis: Steeves completed more than 70 percent of his passes during the spring season and improved his all-around play during the offseason. Coach Chris McGowan praised Steeves for his understanding of Corvallis’ offense. (Corvallis season preview)

OL/DL Weston Tucker, Sr., Corvallis: A returning multiyear starter on the line, Tucker is one of the leaders in the Spartans’ deep lineman room. (Corvallis season preview)

QB Rocco McClave, So., Crescent Valley: McClave earned the starting quarterback spot midway through the spring season as a freshman. He is the son of new head coach Andrew McClave. (Crescent Valley season preview)

WR/DB/K/P Landen Parker, Sr., Crescent Valley: A college kicking and punting prospect, Parker began the spring season at quarterback before moving to receiver. First-year coach Andrew McClave called him “probably the best overall athlete on the team.” (Crescent Valley season preview)

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OL/DL Eli Cummins, Jr., Crescent Valley: A transfer from Class 3A Santiam Christian, Cummins projects to be an immediate starter at center. (Crescent Valley season preview)

RB/DB Logan Person, Sr., Dallas: A tremendous all-around football player, Person is one of the top returning talents in Class 5A. He will play running back and receiver on offense, start at safety on defense, and handle kicking, punting and return duties. (Dallas season preview)

QB/LB Ashton Foster, Sr., Dallas: Foster completed 75 percent of his passes as a junior and attended the Northwest 9 Showcase in Washington over the summer. The 6-foot-1 senior had just two turnovers in six games last season while accounting for 13 touchdowns. (Dallas season preview)

OL/DL Justin Parnell, Sr., Dallas: At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Parnell is one of the top linemen in the state regardless of classification. He also is a college-level thrower in track and field. (Dallas season preview)

TE/LB Waylon Wolfe, Sr., Lebanon: At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Wolfe is a critical two-way player for the Warriors. He was an honorable mention all-state tight end as a sophomore and will be a key player on the team’s defensive front. (Lebanon season preview)

QB/DB Jordan McCarty, Sr., Silverton: One of the state’s top quarterbacks, McCarty is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports. McCarty, also a star basketball player for the Foxes, worked on his throwing mechanics during the offseason, and the improvement has been noticeable. (Silverton season preview)

WR/DB Austin Ratliff, Sr., Silverton: Ratliff was limited to one game last season because of an ankle injury, but the explosive two-way standout is primed for a big senior season. The 6-foot-2 Ratliff checks in as 247Sports’ 44th-best recruit in Oregon for the class of 2022. (Silverton season preview)

WR/DB Vandon Fessler, Sr., Silverton: Fessler is a returning starter who will help the Foxes on both sides of the ball. (Silverton season preview)

OL/DL Orie Schaffers, Sr., Silverton: The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Schaffers has started at right tackle since his sophomore season. Coach Josh Craig said Schaffers also will be a key piece of the defensive line rotation. “He has really good foot speed for his size; he’s very light on his feet,” Craig said. “His pad level has also improved a lot.” (Silverton season preview)

RB/LB Tyler Seiber, Sr., South Albany: A varsity starter at running back since his freshman season, Seiber has the experience and ability to make the all-conference team. (South Albany season preview)

QB Michael Cale, Sr., West Albany: Cale shined as a first-year starting quarterback during the spring season. Coach Brian Mehl said he expects Cale to elevate his game as a senior. (West Albany season preview)

WR/DB DeMarcus Houston, Jr., West Albany: Houston, rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, received an offer from Oregon State after a solid sophomore season. He will play corner on defense and a to-be-determined offensive role. (West Albany season preview)