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In late May, Zephyrhills rising senior Tyler Guy found himself removed from the quarterback depth chart, banished to the offensive line, and told by new Bulldogs coach Jerrell Cogmon he likely wouldn't be recruited as a QB.
Three months later, Cogmon's local prep coaching career has flatlined, and Guy has found new life at Freedom.
In one game as Patriots quarterback, Guy threw for a career-best 215 yards and four touchdowns -- to four different players -- in the Patriots' 49-19 rout of Riverview two Fridays ago. His most productive effort in two seasons as a Bulldogs starter: 196 yards in a 21-6 win against Wiregrass Ranch in 2008.
"I did some things in terms of the blocking pattern, gave him a certain level of comfort and told him if it's not there, don't force it," first-year Patriots coach James Harrell said.
"I told him, 'If you don't force it, good things will happen for you. ... Trust your decisions, know that we trust you and go out there and have fun.'"
A 6-foot-5 pocket passer with clear physical upside, Guy appears to have more athleticism surrounding him than he did in his tenure at Zephyrhills. Fleet Division I prospect T.J. Mutcherson had four catches for 119 yards and a TD, and tailback Amonty Delisca (14 carries, 99 yards) complemented the passing attack.
He needed all of one game