Football breakdown: Pinellas special teams

As the 2009 prep football season approaches, the Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at special teams.

Top returning kickers

1. Devon Papandrew, St. Petersburg: The rising senior was 33 of 35 on extra points and 14 of 17 on field goals last season. He also had 21 touchbacks on kickoffs.

2. William Griswold, Countryside: A three-year starter, Griswold is ranked the No. 1 kicker in the state by prokicker.com after a strong performance during Ray Guy Academy kicking camps this summer.

3. Michael Hill, Tarpon Springs: Ranked the No. 3 kicker in the state by prokicker.com, he had an average kickoff distance of 72 yards at Ray Guy Academy kicking camps.

4. Charles Howe, Largo: He turned into a prolific scorer for the Packers with 49 extra points and 10 field goals last season.

5. Kevin Krueger, St. Petersburg Catholic: As a punter, he averaged more than 40 yards per kick last season. He is expected to score more as a kicker this year.

Top returning kick returners

1. Jarvis West, Gibbs: The elusive, all-purpose player scored on a combined five kickoff and punt returns last season and had three others called back on penalties.

2. Bernard Reedy Jr., Lakewood: The big-play receiver was just as valuable on special teams with four returns for scores.

3. Dondre Davis, St. Petersburg: The defensive back knows what to do when he gets his hands on the ball, with three returns for scores last season.

4. Chris Culbreth, Northside Christian: He scored three times on kick returns in 2008 and had numerous others that set up scores for the Mustangs.

5. Mike Kendricks, Gibbs: He returned two kickoffs for scores last season and combines with West to give the Gladiators the most dangerous kick return tandem in the county.

Football breakdown: Pinellas special teams 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 11:20pm]

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