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Tue. August 2, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

Wesley Chapel names Tanner starting QB

Wesley Chapel has decided on its new quarterback.

Senior Keegan Tanner has earned the starting job going into fall practice, Wildcats coach Ben Alford said Tuesday.

“I just think he added something to the offense different than the other guys,” Alford said.

Tanner started at quarterback as a sophomore before Alex McGough took the starting job last fall. McGough transferred to Gaither in the offseason.

The 5-foot-11 Tanner beat out Angel LoCicero, among others. LoCicero was a key passer during summer 7-on-7 games, but Alford said he was too valuable at defensive end to lose there.

“As bad as we needed him at quarterback…I just think we needed the presence of him on defense,” Alford said.

Tanner, who also plays baseball, became a vocal leader who gained players’ trust this summer. He’s also one of the Wildcats’ top athletes after playing defensive back and receiver last fall.

“He never left the field for us last year,” Alford said.

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