Spring football capsule: Gibbs



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Fri. May 14, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

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Coach: Donnie Abraham (second season, 6-5)

Last season: 6-5 (lost 52-15 to Bradenton Manatee in region quarterfinals)

District: Class 5A, District 9

Key losses: WR/DB Mac Brown, WR/LB Jarquine Butler, DL Brandon Clemons, LB Gary Gainer, TE/DL Tim Jackson, RB/DB Maurice Kendricks, RB/DB Mike Kendricks, LB Corzell Lee, DL Roman Mathis, QB Josh Rembert, OL Maress Scott, RB Jarvis West

Who’s back: WR/DB Brejone Baker, DB Shaquille Lumpkin, LB Nicholas Nesbitt, OL/DL Javon Pringley, OL/DL Julian Sanderlin, WR/DB Gary Simon, RB Emmanuel Stewart

What’s new: Abraham had a successful first season as coach, guiding the Gladiators to their first district title. But Gibbs has to say goodbye to 18 graduating seniors, many of whom were starters. The biggest losses are at the skill positions, where Gibbs lost its starting quarterback (Rembert) and its top three receivers (West, Butler and Mike Kendricks).  Devontae White and Devontey Williams are battling it out at quarterback. Simon, a rising junior, came on last season and is the top target. The running game should be strong with Stewart, a sophomore, the most experienced tailback among a group that includes plenty of junior varsity players who are moving up. Depth is a concern on the offensive and defensive lines with 8-10 players rotating on both sides. Pringley and Sanderlin are the remaining starters on both lines. Nesbitt leads a linebacking unit that got a boost with the addition of Damond Rucker, who was ineligible last season. The secondary has the most experience with Simon, Baker and Lumpkin all returning.

Audible: “We lost of lot of guys, but we’re still in pretty good shape. We have a lot of young players at running back and can keep fresh legs there. The only concern is finding more players on the offensive and defensive line.” — Abraham

Did you know? Besides replacing a lot of starters, Abraham also has to find new offensive and defensive coordinators after both left this offseason. Abraham will be in charge of the defense through the spring, and Anthony Givins will call the offense.

Spring game: at East Lake, 7:30 p.m. May 28

2010 schedule
Sept. 3    at Lakewood
Sept. 10    vs. Countryside
Sept. 16    at. Largo
Sept. 24    at Palm Harbor University
Oct. 1    vs. Dunedin
Oct. 8    at St. Petersburg
Oct. 22    vs. Northeast
Oct. 29    vs. Pinellas Park
Nov. 5    at Seminole
Nov. 12    at Boca Ciega

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