Position breakdown: Pinellas' top linebackers

Search

Twitter



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video

HomeTeam Hot Shots
Vote for the top male and female athletes from the bay area
Angel Deng, East Lake tennis
Alexis Franco and Laurel Wanger, Largo tennis
Alexis Kilfoyl, Academy at the Lakes softball
Paige Leavy, Tampa Prep tennis
Desiree' Nathe, Bishop McLaughlin track
Erica Oosterhout, Plant tennis
Evan Holvoet, Canterbury tennis
Devonte Luis, Anclote track
Kevin Merrell, Steinbrenner track
Agie Moreno, Wiregrass Ranch tennis
Samson Moore, Gaither track
Dan Stefan, Boca Ciega tennis
 

Facebook

 
 

Wed. August 11, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

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 linebackers.

Top returners
1. Terry Johnson, Countryside:
After switching from running back to linebacker last season, Johnson quickly adapted to his new position with 120 tackles, nine sacks and four caused fumbles.
2. Jamone Myrick, St. Petersburg: Became an emerging force last season, registering registered 86 tackles (five for loss), two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
3. Cody Pogorelc, St. Petersburg: Hard hitter had 93 tackles, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries last year and stood out at IMG camp a few weeks ago.
4. Danny Clark, Lakewood: Smart player is the veteran of a linebacking unit that lost some starters to graduation.
5. Derrick Doss, Largo: Made an immediate impact as a freshman last season with 43 tackles and a sack, and is already a leader on the defense.
6. Dylan Rubino, Clearwater: The transfer from Largo has a nose for the ball after recording 48 tackles and recovering three fumbles last season.
7. Kyle Kunnen, Dunedin: A two-sport athlete, Kunnen is the signal caller on a young, improving defense.
8. Trez Jones, Northeast: A versatile athlete, Jones can play defensive end but will mostly rush passers as a linebacker.
9. Chris Myrick, Admiral Farragut: The middle linebacker is a tackling machine and a top player at any level.
10. Rocco Roefaro, East Lake: The Eagles’ only returning linebacker is small but tough.

Keep an eye on
1. Nick Butler, St. Petersburg:
At 6-1, 190 pounds, Butler has the best size among the Green Devils’ linebacker corps with had 55 tackles last season.
2. Harry Brown, Largo: Though he didn’t have a lot of tackles, Brown will team with Doss to form the best, young linebacking duo in the county.
3. Damond Rucker, Gibbs: The Gladiators lost every starting linebacker to graduation and need Rucker to become a playmaker.
4. Henry Coburn, Tarpon Springs: Another unit hit hard by graduation; the Spongers will rely on Coburn, who had 30 tackles last season. 
5. Elijah McClendon, Boca Ciega: Part of a young, athletic defense that has something to prove.
6. Grant Lipshaw, Palm Harbor University: A workout warrior who has been moved from the defensive line to linebacker.
7. Jacob Zinge, St. Petersburg Catholic: Barons coach Tod Creneti raves about one of his smartest leaders.

Other stories in this series:

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Offensive line

Special teams

Defensive line

Comments

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours
Loading...