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Tue. June 25, 2013 | John C. Cotey | Email

His phone isn’t ringing, yet.

For Seminole running back Ra’quanne Dickens, though, it may just be a matter of time and exposure.
 
After exploding for 240 yards in the Warhawks' spring game, prompting dozens of “Who is this guy?” inquries, Dickens is looking forward to capitalizing on this new curiousity under a new coach, Chris Miller, who plans to feature and promote him.
 
“I got a big reaction to that game,’’ Dickens said. “I don’t think people thought I could do something like that.”
 
“He’s the real deal,’’ said Miller, entering his first year at Seminole after leading Admiral Farragut to the 2012 state championship game.
 
Miller watched Dickens carve up Dunedin’s defense and hopes more of the same is coming in the fall.
 
Dickens is a 5-9, 180-pound back with good speed, good change of direction and a strong, physical running style. His highlight film from last year shows a back able to stop and go, burst through the line and take on potential tacklers.
 
“I try to run like Adrian Peterson,’’ the rising senior said. “I’ll either run you over, or shake and bake you. I don’t shy away from contact.”
 
Dickens is a Largo transfer that grew up playing in the same group that includes Packer standouts like Raheem Harvey and Jarvis Stewart. He didn’t see much action in the early going last year at Seminole. He missed the season opener with an injury, averaged about 3-4 carries in the next three games, but a strong performance against Countryside earned him the the top job in the backfield.
 
He finished the season with 612 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 7.8 yards a carry.
 
“I think we have one of the best offensive lines this season, they were great in the spring,’’ Dickens said, citing senior guards Mike McCabe and Connor Whitcombe and senior tackle Vincenzo LoSasso.
 
“And we have great chemistry.”
 
Dickens, who has a twin brother, Jaquan, that plays wide receiver, said the mood around Seminole has already changed since Miller’s arrival. And he hopes his exposure does as well.
 
The Warhawk said the team has signed up for the USF Sling 'N' Shoot 7-on-7 tournament for July 20, and as the featured back this fall he plans on following up on his big spring showing.
 
“It’s a good change,’’ Dickens said. “It was frustrating last year, but I’ve put my mind to it that I have to make a name for myself. I wasn’t getting as much attention as I thought I would.  But now I’m expecting big things for myself. I feel like I want to be to top rusher in the county, and hopefully colleges will start to notice.”

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