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A football thought or two before the fall

Cary White’s effort in the jamboree offers a glimpse of a strong Sickles ground game.

EDWARD LINSMIER | Times

Cary White’s effort in the jamboree offers a glimpse of a strong Sickles ground game.

Now that May has segued into June and all jamborees/spring games are in the books, we thought this short break between football seasons — spring and seven-on-seven — would be an ideal time to tweak our outlook for the 2010 season. The following are some thoughts on what we saw last month, and a more educated guess of what the fall will bring:

Top five offensive efforts of spring

1. Cary White, FB, Sickles. Ran for 230 yards in one half against a James Harrell-coached defense.

2. Quentin Williams, QB, Jefferson. Size, schmize. The dude had poise, pocket presence and 243 passing yards against Plant.

3. Nelson Agholor, RB, Berkeley Prep. Accounted for 176 total yards against Orlando Lake Highland. Now, major Division I offers are starting to roll in.

4. Conner Louis, QB, Tampa Catholic. Christian Green's successor threw for 246 yards on 9-for-14 passing and accounted for three TDs in win over Nature Coast.

5. Chris Moore, WR, Jefferson. With more than a dozen scouts watching, this 6-foot-2 target shined (three catches, 88 yards, two TDs) against Plant.

Top five defensive efforts of spring

1. Eric Patterson, CB, Plant. Appeared to break up at least three passes against Jefferson's rangy receivers.

2. Emmanuel Simon, DL, Wharton. Two-way lineman had a sack and blocked PAT in jamboree.

3. Will Watson, CB, Jefferson. This rising junior's pick of Phillip Ely locked up the jamboree win against Plant.

4. Hunter Joyer, LB, Tampa Catholic. Exceptional speed and agility for a big guy, as Nature Coast found out.

5. Anthony Chickillo, DE, Alonso. Was an absolute beast — as expected — in jamboree against Leto.

Who was that (face)masked man?

(Guys who had a breakthrough spring)

• Will Worth, QB, Newsome. Converted linebacker shined in jamboree romp of Durant.

• Brandon Holloway, RB, Alonso. Speedster ran for 99 yards in one half against Leto.

• Lamarlin Wiggins, WR, Plant City. Tallied 103 receiving yards against Armwood.

• Shawn Hibbert, RB, King. Had runs of 89 and 37 yards against Wharton.

• Lonzel Davis, LB, Armwood. Ineligible last season, Davis just might have won a starting job with his spring effort.

• Wesley Bullock, RB/WR, Plant. Coach Bob Weiner says he'll be "one of the great skill players in Tampa."

• Joel Paredes, RB, Gaither. Averaged more than 6 yards a carry in jamboree win vs. Chamberlain.

• Jonathon Williams, QB, Tampa Bay Tech. Ready to join upper echelon of county QBs?

Random observations

1. After a winter in the weight room, Phillip Ely now looks like a Division I quarterback.

2. If one half of spring football is any sign, the Robinson Knights' greatest enemy in 2010 may be themselves.

3. After watching Jon Gruden at work for an hour, we want to suit up for Carrollwood Day.

4. Chamberlain and Leto have nice-looking athletes, just not enough.

5. Is any one player more valuable to his team than Spoto's Nick Addison?

Our pre-emptive, prone-to-change preseason top 10

1. Armwood

2. Jefferson

3. Plant

4. Robinson

5. Newsome

6. Sickles

7. Tampa Bay Tech

8. Jesuit

9. Plant City

10. Tampa Catholic

A football thought or two before the fall 06/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:41pm]
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