As the 2010 prep football regular season approaches, the St. Petersburg Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at defensive linemen.
1. Gary Myrick, Hudson: Attending his third school in three seasons, Myrick transferred from Land O’Lakes last spring and has made a huge impact with the Cobras. The senior is 6 feet, 5 inches and 230 pounds of muscle and determination. Myrick will make an immediate impact playing on the defensive line and coach Justin Fenton added tight end duties . Myrick has been courted by Division I-A programs, but has yet to receive an official offer. A strong season and a qualifying test score should land him some scholarship offers by national signing day.
2. Spencer Michelson, Land O’Lakes: The Gators’ second-leading tackler in 2009 with 78. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder is the leader of the defense a potent defense. Perhaps his most significant contribution last season was his ability to reach the quarterback. He led the Gators with 10 sacks, and judging by the size of his arms, he looks plenty ready to rip down more QBs this season.
3. Mark Landry, Pasco: The Pirates always put together a tremendous group of defenders, and this season is no different. It begins up front with Landry, second in tackles last season (73). His best game of the year was a 17-3 victory against Mitchell. He had 13 tackles in that critical Class 3A, District 7 game in which Pasco claimed its third district title in as many seasons. Of his 10 sacks last season, 3 1/2 came against the Mustangs.
4. Brandon Cullen, Nature Coast: A bit undersized at 5-9, 290 pounds, but the Sharks have a history of turning out solid linemen. Cullen impressed last year with 69 tackles and four sacks. First-year coach Mark Nash sounds excited when talking about the senior linemen, who reminds him of one of his former Hudson standouts — Travis Tindell. Cullen might not know it, but that’s a huge compliment from Nash, who still holds Tindell in high regard.
5. Malcolm Hudson, Hernando: The 6-foot, 225-pounder finished with 40 tackles and will represent on one of the North Suncoast’s top defensive lines. He possesses all the necessary tools to make a big impact on a defense that limited opponents to an average of 9.5 points in the final four games last season.
Keep an eye on
A.J. Hernandez, Springstead: The Eagles’ 6-4, 280-pounder will be leaned on to help keep opponents out of the end zone.William Alderman, Hernando: The 6-3, 230-pounder finished with 56 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in ’09.
Thomas Bronson, Hernando: The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is making the move from linebacker to defensive end.
Kevin Bertram, Mitchell: The senior (6-0, 240) returns as the Mustangs’ top lineman with 34 tackles and two sacks last season.
Friday Karr, Gulf: Karr (5-11, 215) had 39 tackles and a fumble recovery last season. Coach Jay Fulmer said he has a motor that never stops.
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