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HomeTeam 100: Spotlight on Rohan Blackwood

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Thu. August 9, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

HomeTeam 100: Spotlight on Rohan Blackwood

Nature Coast expects bg things from DE Rohan Blackwood, who comes in at No. 78 in the HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 71-80 here).

2011 stats: 37 tackles, five sacks; three catches, 82 yards

The breakdown: When it comes to pure possibilities, Rohan Blackwood — the rawest of our HomeTeam 100 — leads all of Tampa Bay.

Is the 6-5, 200-pound junior ready to make the jump? Will he learn to be disruptive in the passing and running game of opponents? Will he be an unstoppable weapon on offense? Is he destined to be a sack master, or a touchdown maker?

Or both?

“I think this year will tell the story,’’ coach Charles Liggett said. “I think he’ll either explode on the scene, or he’ll get (a little better) and we’ll say, ‘Okay, all right, he’s good but he’s got a bigger climb to make.’ ”

When it comes to football, Blackwood is no longer a neophyte, but is considered a prospect with question marks. A highly regarded basketball player, he made enough big plays in last year’s first full season of football to attract interest from schools like Florida and Michigan, while picking up an offer from Massachusetts.

Liggett said Blackwood has already made a leap, maturity-wise. He is hitting the weight room, which he never had to do as a hoopster.

He is learning.

“For Nature Coast to have a big season, the kind of season we want to have, people are going to have to be saying, ‘Wow, look what Blackwood is doing at defensive end. …Wow, look at him at wide receiver.’ ”

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