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Wed. August 4, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

As the 2010 prep football season approaches, the Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at receivers.

Top returners
1. Tyree Green, Boca Ciega:
Explosive receiver was a second-team, all-county selection last season and is one of quarterback Shaquille Bradford’s favorite targets. In the spring game, he stood out with two touchdown receptions.
2. Tyler Higbee, East Lake: Sure-handed receiver is getting attention from colleges, particularly after a stellar spring game in which he had seven catches for 98 yards.
3. Gary Simon, Gibbs: Projected more as a defensive back in college, Simon also is a pretty darn good receiver. He becomes the top option in the passing game after graduation took away some threats, and he had two scores in the spring.
4. Marquel Davis, St. Petersburg: Despite playing in a run-heavy offense, Davis made the most of his opportunities with four of his 21 catches last year resulting in touchdowns.
5. Sharrod Harriel, Dunedin: This tall receiver (6-4) is a county champion in the high jump, can leap over defenders and is a big target in the red zone. He played well in 7-on-7 tournaments this summer.
6. Sean Culkin, Indian Rocks Christian: Another tall receiver (6-6), Culkin posted good numbers last season with more than 400 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
7. Tim McKay, St. Petersburg Catholic: A two-sport star, McKay becomes the go-to guy in the passing game with the graduation of Julian Smith. 
8. Sermetrius Dennis, Lakewood: The senior is the top veteran in a receiving corps that could include as many as three freshmen. 
9. Joel Hardy, Tarpon Springs: The top two receivers have graduated, so the majority of throws should come Hardy’s way.
10. Lakeif Daniels, Largo: Used more as a third option in the passing game last year, Daniels needs to step up as a playmaker.

Top tight ends
1. John Hogan, Clearwater:
The basketball standout is playing football for the first time and made an immediate impact in the spring with four receptions for 86 yards and three scores against Largo.
2. Auggie Sanchez, Northeast: The younger brother of former Viking and current USF star Armando Sanchez made a name for himself with three catches for 65 yards in the spring.

Keep an eye on
1. Robert Goddard, Admiral Farragut:
One of the fastest players on the team, Goddard will be counted on to stretch the field.
2. Phadrae White and Kendryk Boyd, Boca Ciega: Along with Green, form the best receiving trio in the county.
3. Marrieo Taylor, Countryside: The Cougars need someone to step up as a leading target and Taylor could be the guy.
4. Hunter Beam, Palm Harbor University: Out of the Hurricanes’ four-receiver set, Beam appears to be the best.
5. Heath Anderson, Clearwater: Dependable hands make him a sure bet to get passes thrown his way.
6. Teddy Willis, Seminole: A versatile weapon, Willis will be counted on to give the passing game a spark.
7. Jeremi Powell, Pinellas Park:  The Patriots plan on being more balanced, which will make Powell a key contributor.
8. Devon Garnett, Clearwater Central Catholic: The transfer from Dunedin has become one of the Marauders’ best receivers this summer. 

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Quarterbacks

Running backs

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