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Offensive player of the year
ATH Rayshawn Jenkins, Sr., Admiral Farragut
Why we picked him: Jenkins did not have much of a regular season. He fractured a rib in a Week 3 practice and missed the next six games. His teammates carried the Blue Jackets through the toughest part of the district schedule to earn a playoff spot as the Class 2A, District 5 runnerup. But once the postseason began, Jenkins came through with the most impressive performance of any playoff-bound team in the county. Of his 994 yards rushing, 714 came in four playoff games, including a school and county playoff single-game record of 356 in an opening-round victory over Fort Myers Evangelical Christian. He also scored nine of his 21 touchdowns in the playoffs as he led Admiral Farragut to the Class 2A state championship game. It was the first time a county team had advanced to the final in 16 years.
Most impressive accomplishment: In the state semifinals, Jenkins faced Belle Glade Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor, the state’s career leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. Yet Jenkins had the better results, rushing for 130 yards and scoring three touchdowns to help the Blue Jackets knock off the two-time defending state champion Gators to advance to the title game.
Did you know? Jenkins wears socks bearing different cartoon characters each week for good luck. Some of the characters include Bugs Bunny, Cinderella and Superman.
What’s next: Jenkins, who has won state titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, will focus on track before heading off to play football next season for the University of Miami.
Defensive player of the year
DL Mike Love, Jr., Countryside
Why we picked him: A terror as a pass rusher, Love spent most of his time in opposing backfields. He registered 15.5 sacks to go along with 56 tackles (50 solo) and three caused fumbles. But his impact was not felt merely in putting quarterbacks on the ground. He became the leader of a defense that was hit hard by graduation. Terry Johnson, the Times’ 2010 defensive player of the year, was gone from the linebacking unit. So too were the cornerbacks and nearly everyone else on the line. Facing constant double teams, Love still knifed through the line to make plays and helped the Cougars go undefeated in the regular season a second straight year.
Most impressive accomplishment: According to Love, simply staying on the field was an accomplishment. He was academically ineligible in the spring and spent the semester working on his grades. He has been on the honor roll the past two semesters and improved his overall GPA to 2.5.
Did you know? Love did not start playing football until middle school and did not become a defensive lineman until his freshman season.
What’s next: Besides academics, Love will focus on camps and combines. He already has offers from Alabama-Birmingham, Florida A&M and Ohio and should receive more interest in the spring.
Coach of the year
Chris Miller, Admiral Farragut
A favorite to win the district this season, the Blue Jackets were upset early by Canterbury and went into a tough stretch of district games without two of their top players, who were out with injuries. Miller guided his team to victories in its final seven regular-season games, then three straight in the postseason, culminating with an upset of two-time defending state champion Glades Day in the state semifinal to earn AFA’s first trip to the state final in Orlando and the county’s first appearance since Dixie Hollins in 1995.
QB Pete DiNovo, Jr., East Lake: Threw for 2,426 yards and 19 touchdowns for region finalist Eagles.
RB Ryan Green, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Ran for more than 1,000 yards despite a line that struggled.
RB Tyler Lane, Sr., East Lake: Ran for 1,518 yards and 22 touchdowns, and had seven straight 100-yard games.
RB Brent O’Neal, Sr., Canterbury: Had more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 34 touchdowns.
RB Diomi Roberts, Sr., Countryside: Finished with 1,294 yards and 21 touchdowns.
OL Jeff Albert, Sr., Countryside: Took over the left tackle spot from current Nebraska freshman Tyler Moore and flourished.
OL Shawn Barker, Sr., Largo: Bulldozed a path for the Packers’ strong run game this season.
OL Mason Cole, So., East Lake: Young tackle developed into one of the best in the running game.
OL Jonathan Jun, Sr., Admiral Farragut: Quick lineman switched to guard and had an impact in the postseason.
OL Ian Koch, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Came on strong this season and was selected to two all-star games.
TE Sean Culkin, Sr., Indian Rocks Christian: Finished with 55 receptions for 981 yards and 18 touchdowns.
WR Artavis Scott, So., East Lake: Had 54 receptions for 1,158 yards and 12 touchdowns.
WR Rodney Adams, Jr., Lakewood: Finished with more than 900 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
ATH Billy Pavlock, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Quarterback threw for 1,300 yards and ran for 610 more; tallied 24 total touchdowns.
KR David Jones, Sr., St. Petersburg: Returned two kicks for scores with three others called back.
PK Sean Covington, Jr., St. Petersburg: Hit seven field goals and had 27 touchbacks.
QB Louis Pappas, Sr., Tarpon Springs
RB Justin Goodloe, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic
RB Toddrick Macon, Jr., Admiral Farragut
RB Ryan Myers, Sr., Palm Harbor University
RB Marquis Samuel, Sr., Pinellas Park
OL Keaton Cole, Sr., East Lake
OL Corey Francisco, Sr., Dunedin
OL Nate Letzring, Sr., St. Petersburg
OL Zach Rosinski, Jr., Countryside
OL Patrick Tomlin, Sr., Northside Christian
WR Branden Leston, Sr., Clearwater
WR Kenyatta Merriex, Jr., Tarpon Springs
TE Stephen Buric, Sr., East Lake
ATH Dondre Daley, Sr., Tarpon Springs
K Sebastian Gonzalez, Sr., East Lake
DL Dante Fowler Jr., Sr., Lakewood: Despite missing four games, finished the season with double digits in sacks.
DL Auggie Sanchez, Jr., Northeast: Edge rusher had 78 tackles and 18.5 sacks.
DL Chris Skukalek, Sr., Largo: Versatile lineman led team with eight sacks.
LB Frankie Hernandez, So., Largo: Led team with 78 tackles and had three sacks.
LB Jeremi Powell, Sr., Pinellas Park: Finished with 85 tackles (27 for loss) and 19 sacks.
LB Iman Smith, Sr., Pinellas Park: Inside force was dominant in stopping the run.
LB Adam Vinson, Sr., Countryside: Recorded 55 tackles, a sack and interception.
DB Devin Abraham, So., East Lake: Finished with 90 tackles and five interceptions.
DB Jevaris Little, Sr., Lakewood: Division I-A recruit made the big plays in the secondary for Spartans.
DB Tyler Serpo, Jr., Countryside: Leader of secondary had 47 tackles and two interceptions.
DB Gary Simon, Sr., Gibbs: Did everything for the Gladiators, including grabbing seven interceptions.
UTIL Derrick Doss, Jr., Largo: Had 58 tackles and returned five kickoffs for scores.
P Morgan Sever, Sr., Largo: Averaged more than 40 yards per punt and had five inside the 5.
DL Albert McCoy, Sr., Gibbs
DL Johnny Murphy, Sr., Boca Ciega
DL Devin Porter, Sr., Largo
LB Antoine Benjamin, Sr., Boca Ciega
LB Harry Brown, Jr., Largo
LB Brendan Goettel, So., East Lake
LB Elijah McClendon, Sr., Boca Ciega
DB Lakeif Daniels, Sr., Largo
DB Mike Johnson, So., Countryside
DB Doug Forman, Jr., Dunedin
DB Michael Stevenson, Jr., Clearwater Central Catholic
UTIL Hunter Beam, Sr., Palm Harbor University
P Ryan Pandy, Jr., Countryside
Admiral Farragut: Diego Harris, Demetrius Lewis, Napoleon Maxwell; Boca Ciega: Diquez Henderson, Omar Tovar, Antwan Walker; Calvary Christian: Matt Ankrom, Derek Barnes, Stephen Rice; Canterbury: Jake Holsinger, Sammy Faucette, DaSean Thomas; Clearwater: Kaine Johnson, Robert Yarbrough; Clearwater Central Catholic: Jordan Adderly, Devon Garnett, Ethan Thompson, Blair Vaughn; Countryside: Cody Chmelik, Gray Crow, Shyzzam Shackleford, Ryan Yates; Dixie Hollins: Dana Harrington, Melvin Love, De’Vonte Marion; William Tomkus; Dunedin: Chris Askew, Tramaine Batten; East Lake: Tyler Carbonelli, Dillon DeBoer, Jordan Kidder; Gibbs: Marlin Scott, Devontay Williams, Jeremy Williams; Indian Rocks Christian: Casey Woods, Devonte’ West, Kendall Brandenburg; Keswick Christian: Taylor Angell, Jayln Coleman, Kristian Craig, Derek Sanson; Lakewood: Martez Anderson, Denard Gainer, Tracy Johnson, Chris Walker, Isaiah Wynn; Largo: Juwan Brown, Raheem Harvey, Cellen Phillips, Jarvis Stewart; Northeast: Demis Cordova, Keith Harrington, Adam Kerr, Austin May, Eli Pedigo, Sanel Plavotic; Osceola: Daviel Clarke, Nate Stearns, Jordan Ramsey; Palm Harbor University: Quentin Cummings, Dan Szyszka; Pinellas Park: Kha’zorey Blackshear, Tyree Graves, Brandon Hames; St. Petersburg: Elliott Hayes, Maurice Hemingway, Trevor Williams, Vincent Vitrano, Thomas Bennett; St. Petersburg Catholic: Jimmy Briggs, Toddren Macon; Seminole: Brett Phillips, Jacob Ryan, Brandon Trezza, Jon Zanga; Shorecrest: Alex Drexler, Ian Johnson-Schmidt; Tarpon Springs: Kenny Blanch, Henry Coburn, Alex Muchnok, Nik Kessel