As the 2010 prep football season approaches, the St. Petersburg Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at special teams.
Top returning kickers
1. Michael Hill, Tarpon Springs: Considered one of the top kickers in the country, Hill had a stellar junior season, converting 52 PATs and connecting on eight field goals. He enters his senior year ranked No. 12 nationally by prokicker.com.
2. Kevin Krueger, St. Petersburg Catholic: A three-year starter, Krueger competed at the Kohl’s Southeastern Kicking Academy Showcase in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in May and was the only kicker to finish with consecutive field goals from 55, 55 and 60 yards.
3. Blake Myregaard, Clearwater Central Catholic: A soccer standout, Myregaard also has done well handling the kicking and punting chores for the football team. He is ranked 32nd nationally by prokicker.com.
4. Cameron Mitchell, East Lake: Clutch performer had eight field goals last season and has continued to do well in kicking camps this summer.
5. Raeshaun Washington, St. Petersburg: After averaging 40 yards per punt last season, Washington will take on added responsibilities as a place kicker.
6. Charles Howe and Morgan Sever, Largo: The Packers have depth in the kicking game with a pair of dependable legs.
7. Max Thuriere, Lakewood: Most of his workload last year came on PATs, but he also is reliable on field goals.
8. Teddy Aloizakis, Dunedin: Made the most of his limited opportunities in the kicking game last year.
Keep an eye on
1. Ryan Halter, Countryside: Taking over kicking duties from William Griswold, Halter appears to be the next in a long line of great kickers the school has produced.
2. Joshua Davidson, Brian Metcalf and Logan Ruby, Palm Harbor University: All three are good kickers and vying to replace Patrick McDonald, who graduated.
Top kick returners
1. Calvin Robinson, St. Petersburg: The defensive back is one of only two Green Devil returning starters who scored on kick returns last season (Rashad Lewis is the other).
2. DeJuan Wright, Keswick Christian: Explosive playmaker had one return for a score last season, but he needs to gain fifth year of eligibility to play this year.
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