Newsome QB/LB Will Worth, No. 21 in our HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 21-30 here), plays multiple positions because he knows he can handle them.
2011 stats: 66-for-132, 925 yards, nine TDs; 1020 yards rushing; 74 tackles
The breakdown: Will Worth is, simply put and in the purest sense, a football player.
He can throw, he can run, he can tackle. He never leaves the field, whether as the starting quarterback or as a linebacker.
“It’s the only way I know how to play the game,’’ the 6-1, 195-pound senior throwback said. “Put it like this, I just love football.’’
You would have to go back a long way to find a player who in one season, against the top two finishers in his district, threw for 200 yards (vs. Durant), ran for 300 yards (vs. Plant City) and had 18 tackles in a game (Durant, again).
“I believe I can do both (offense and defense),’’ Worth said. “I go to all these combines; I can run a complex offense. I love running the football, and I can throw it. I just love having it in my hands and making plays.’’
The worth of Worth is his versatility, but he doesn’t just do a little of everything. He does a lot of everything.
All this doesn’t make him a hot recruit, choosing between dozens of college offers. Not yet.
It does, however, make him the kind of the football player we looked for to fill the HomeTeam 100.