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Position breakdown: Pinellas' top linebackers

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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

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