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Szczyrbak: One of state's finest

Ezra Szczyrbak sang at his high school choir concert Monday evening, but it's the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Moose Lake senior's voice that's best heard from the football field.

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Ezra Szczyrbak sang at his high school choir concert Monday evening, but it's the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Moose Lake senior's voice that's best heard from the football field.

Szczyrbak is in the field of 10 Mr. Football finalists to be honored Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park, Minn., where Minnesota's top award will be given.

Given his four-year career, Szczyrbak is well deserving.

The two-way everyday player at right offensive guard and defensive lineman totaled the fourth-most career sacks in school history, according to Moose Lake-Willow River Coach Dave Louzek, while Szczyrbak suited up for two Prep Bowls in helping the Rebels to 47 wins in just four seasons.

"It's really humbling," said Szczyrbak, who will attend the award with his entire family. "I'm just thankful to Coach Louzek, this program and all of the Rebel alumni for this."

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Szczyrbak, a Division I prospect, is just the second Rebel player to ever be nominated for the prestigious accolade.

"He's a coach's dream," Louzek said. "If you had to pick five or six top Rebel players of all time, he is one of them."

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