Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county.
Coach: Joe Ross (fourth season, 19-12)
Last season: 5-5 (2-2 in district)
District: Class 3A-11 (Sarasota Booker, Palmetto, Robinson, Spoto)
Key losses: QB Mitch Pfeiffer, WR/K Ryan Mitchell, C Andy Ratchford, OL Phil Smith
Who's back: WR/KR Erick McGriff, Sr.; TE/DE John Plasencia, Sr.; RB Greg Dupell, Sr.; OL Sean Desmond, Sr.; LB P.J. Hobson, Sr.
What's new: This spring, the Tigers moved away from their power-I offense to install the spread, which Ross feels is better suited for his personnel. "We had 17 days to install it," Ross said. "It went pretty smoothly. There were a few rough edges." Jesuit is also adopting a new defense, going to a 4-2-5. McGriff, the son of former major-leaguer Fred McGriff, was the team's leading receiver from last season (29 catches, 438 yards, 2 TDs). Dupell will likely get the most carries in the backfield. The Tigers should be good on defense with their top two tacklers, Plasencia and Hobson, returning.
Audible: "I think we have a good group of kids. The chemistry is really good, and I think we'll be competitive and show we're up for the challenge, which is something that's always important playing in our district." — Ross
Did you know?: Defensive back Michael Miller, a rising senior and second-year starter, was once the team's water boy.
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer
Spring game result: Jesuit 14, Leto 6
Aug. 29: vs. Chamberlain (preseason)
Sept. 5: vs. Blake
Sept. 12: vs. Newsome
Sept. 19: at St. Petersburg Catholic
Sept. 26: vs. Robinson
Oct. 3: at Gaither
Oct. 10: at Booker
Oct. 24: vs. Palmetto
Oct. 31: at Spoto
Nov. 7: vs. Kathleen
Nov. 14: at Tampa