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Tue. September 15, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

As a member of the 2008-09 Gulf basketball team, David Ramirez was good enough to be an all-North Suncoast honorable mention pick.

Now, he’s making his mark in football, too.

A senior WR/DB, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Ramirez had the best game of his career in last week’s 43-22 win over River Ridge. He not only caught five passes for 82 yards and a TD, but intercepted a pass and made a bone-jarring tackle on a punt return.

“That’s his breakout game,” Bucs coach Jay Fulmer said. “We knew he had that kind of ability. He does that in practice every day. He has great speed and great hands. He brings those basketball skills to the football field.”

A guard for the basketball team, Ramirez missed most of the 2008 football season with a broken arm. Now healthy, he is poised to be a top target for standout Gulf QB Madison Burr and a key contributor on defense.

“The biggest question I had about him was his physicality,” Fulmer said. “Would he come up and hit people on screens? He did. And against Hudson (in week 1), he had nine tackles and four pass breakups. That was really the most impressive thing he’s done.”

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