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Football: Bloomingdale practices without top receivers

New Tampa Catholic receiver Nate Craig, who transferred from Pasco, has offers from Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

Photo by Chris Price (2013)

New Tampa Catholic receiver Nate Craig, who transferred from Pasco, has offers from Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

As juniors last season, Doug Sandberg and Logan Crouse, Bloomingdale's leading receivers, combined for 1,207 yards and 10 touchdowns. But this month, they have been absent during spring workouts.

They're too busy putting in time at the next field over.

Crouse, a Florida State baseball commit, and Sandberg also are key starters for the Bloomingdale baseball team that has made an unexpected run to its first state semifinal berth in a decade. Backup quarterback Tommy McLaughlin, who started a few games in place of Isaiah McIntyre last season, also is on the squad.

Football coach John Booth knows his standouts are working hard but admits he has missed their presence.

"We don't have that leadership from them at that position group," Booth said. "But hopefully after they come back and win a state championship, we'll have that."

In the meantime, Booth said his new players have had a chance to show what they can do. McIntyre and two linemen are the only returning offensive players he has had for practices. Booth said the Bulls will feature two new running backs and several new linemen in the fall.

"You leave practice thinking, 'We're not where we should be,' " Booth said. "But then you have to remind yourself, 'Well, Logan will be back. Doug will be back.' So that kind of opens up our pass game a little bit more. The nice thing is it gives the younger guys a little bit of a chance to get some reps."

Audibles

"We're fast, and we play faster."

Chamberlain coach Cam Jones, whose team expects to spread the offense and play with a faster tempo instead of focusing on the single wing. Receiver/safety DJ Daniel will be a key component after totaling only 55 receiving yards as a sophomore last fall.

"He's bigger. He's stronger. He's faster; all those things that you hope for in the offseason. But the maturity of how he carries himself in school and then his poise in offense (has improved)."

Bloomingdale coach John Booth on quarterback Isaiah McIntyre, who missed games last season for an in-school suspension.

"It's a whole new atmosphere with Coach Thomas taking over. There's a lot more hard work, a lot more discipline. There's a lot more energy here now."

King starting quarterback Paul Arfaras on new coach Trey Thomas, who was promoted from offensive coordinator in the offseason after Alvin Davis retired.

"The culture has absolutely changed around here. Being in it, you don't see it quite as much. But when older players come back … 'Man, the progress you guys have made in a few years is tremendous.' It definitely is very nice for me to hear."

East Bay coach Frank LaRosa, who guided the Indians to their first district title in 40 years last fall.

By the numbers

Berkeley Prep:

13.7 Yards per completion for Brad Mayes as a junior last season

11.9 Percent of rushing yards lost to graduation; Berkeley could return its top four rushers led by Gordon Stetson

265 Receiving yards for then-freshman Cade Weldon (son of former Florida State and Bucs quarterback Casey Weldon), who also saw time as a backup quarterback

3 Bucs with major college offers: Mayes, defensive tackle Bo Peek and receiver Jacob Mathis; Peek and Mathis got one from UCF on Wednesday

7 Consecutive years Berkeley has finished .500 or better after a five-win 2013 season

Recruiting updates

• USF has offered a pair of Tampa prospects: Hillsborough Class of 2016 linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair and Robinson Class of 2015 receiver/defensive back Jahrvis Davenport.

• Tampa Catholic Class of 2016 receiver Nate Craig recently received offers from Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

• Miami gave the first offer for Jefferson 2017 recruit Jean Marcellus, a 6-foot-4, 284-pound offensive lineman.

• Tampa Catholic Class of 2016 lineman Malik Barrow picked up an offer from Ohio State, giving him 10 since the start of spring.

Football: Bloomingdale practices without top receivers 05/14/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:42pm]
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