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Fri. October 15, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

TAMPA -- A new county passing king might be crowned next week.

Jefferson's prolific passing quarterback Quentin Williams could break the county's career passing yardage record owned by former Dragons standout and current South Carolina starter Stephen Garcia as early as next week at Spoto.

According to Jefferson's records, Williams will head into next Friday's pivotal district game 147 passing yards away from Garcia's career mark of 8,081 yards.

A third-year starter, Williams has 7,934 career passing yards -- 2,530 as a sophomore, 3,495 as a junior and 1,909 so far this season.

Williams is currently third on the county list, just 15 yards behind former Tampa Catholic star Kenny Kelly (7,949) in second place. 

Williams is also on pace to break former Plant quarterback and current Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray's county career touchdown pass mark of 84. He currently has 78.

He also has a chance to break Murray's single-season touchdown pass record (51) and the single-season yardage mark (4,380) owned by former Plant quarterback Robert Marve, now at Purdue.

The 6-foot Williams, last year's Times All-Suncoast Offensive Player of the Year, has 25 touchdown passes and just one interception this season, leading Jefferson to a 6-0 record. He threw for 407 yards and 4 touchdowns on 16 for 27 passing in the Dragons' 50-14 district win over Lakewood last week.

Over the weekend, Williams verbally committed to Division I-AA Bethune-Cookman University. He said Thursday afternoon that he's firm in his commitment there and is hoping to talk other Tampa players into coming with him. He said players like Spoto QB/CB Nick Addison, King WR Reese Sturgis, Hillsborough LB Rodney Williams and Hillsborough DB Quinton Brown are all being recruited by B-CU.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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