Our new scheme
As you may notice, we’ve shaken up our proverbial playbook this spring. Instead of the conventional team-by-team capsules (yawwwwn) we’ve typically published each May, we’re spreading things out , mixing up our coverages and, hopefully, providing a hot read each day. There’s no set formula here, but the objective remains clear: to be as comprehensive and creative as possible. In that vein, we kick off with a few sights, snippets and sound bites from the first day of spring drills:
• The Jayson Roberts era at Tampa Bay Tech commenced with roughly 50 players and full-bore intensity. At one point, the Titans — bedecked in only helmets, shirts and shorts — were running 11-on-11 drills that featured moderate contact.
• King might have the most unheralded receiving corps around. Rising seniors Chris Murray and Taylor Smith-Gonzales are ones to add to your radar.
• The initial vibe from Spoto’s new spread-pistol offense, installed by new offensive coordinator Don Mesick, is favorable. “Perfect for our type of player,” coach Dale Caparaso said. “Don knows the system and the kids love him and the offense.”
• Forty-eight hours after medaling in the 100-meter dash at the Class A state meet, Carrollwood Day rising junior TB Robert Davis was among 23 Patriots who took the field Monday.
A couple of minutes with King rising senior QB Greg Windham (6-1, 208 pounds), a 1,500-yard passer last season who has offers from Cincinnati and Western Kentucky:
For whatever reason, you haven’t received the recognition of some of your local counterparts. How do you feel about that?
This year I’m going to play with a chip on my shoulder because a lot of people don’t really know about me or anything like that. But this year I’m going to … just let them know about me, play to the best of my abilities like I’ve always been playing. I’m starting to get a little notice now, but I’m just playing with that chip.
What’s the best thing about spring football?
Finding out who my dogs are, who the people are that I can go to in the regular season.
What’s the worst thing?
The worst thing? Conditioning. … Nah, I’m just playing.
When did you find out Osama bin Laden had been killed?
(Monday) morning, in school, first period as a matter of fact.
Did a teacher tell you?
I mean, it was crazy, because this man had been on the run for like, six, seven or eight years and they finally caught up to him and killed him. So I think that’s great.
‘No-way’ number of the day
10 College coaches who stopped by Armwood on Monday for the Hawks’ first spring practice. Among the schools represented: Notre Dame, North Carolina and Cincinnati
What they’re saying
Every day, we pose a question to our readers on our Facebook page. They’re keen to offer their two cents … and we’re printing the best response. Tuesday’s question: Which player who did not see significant time last year (injury, reserve, JV, etc.) will surprise us most this spring and fall?
• Brandon Teeling, Armwood, a.k.a. “Drago” (the Russian boxer in Rocky) … He’s recovered from last year’s knee injury and had moved to offensive tackle. He is 6-4, 240 and getting bigger. — Christie Waldrop
Next up: Last play of the game. Your team is on the 50, you trail 26-21. Which quarterback do you want taking the snap, and who is he handing off or throwing the long one to?
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