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Spring football capsule: Gibbs

Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county


Coach: TBD

Last season: 5-5

District: Class 5A-9 (Northeast, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Seminole)

Key losses: DL Daymond Brinson, RB Marcus Edwards, OL William Latu, OL Jared Walker, DB/WR David Washington

Who's back: WR/DB Mac Brown, WR/LB Jcoauime Butler, DL Brandon Clemons, LB Gary Gainer, TE/DL Tim Jackson, RB/DB Maurice Kendricks, RB/DB Mike Kendricks, LB Corzell Lee, DL Roman Mathis, QB Josh Rembert, OL Maress Scott, RB Jarvis West

What's new: Yusuf Shakir left to take the head coaching job at Tallahassee Lincoln in March and the coaching staff has been in limbo since. Tony Jones is the interim coach through the spring and has applied for the position, which wasn't posted until May 8. A permanent coach will likely be named once the school hires a new principal. …The Gladiators are loaded at the skill positions. Rembert returns after a full year as the starting quarterback. Maurice and Mike Kendricks will see time at running back and Mac Brown will be the go-to guy at receiver. Jackson, who is being heavily recruited as a defensive lineman, also will play more as a tight end. West, an elusive athlete, will line up in different spots on offense. But he will not play in the spring game because of an undisclosed injury he suffered during track season. The big question is the offensive line, with Scott the only returning starter. The defense will not change much. Jackson, Mathis, Clemons and Butler are all back on the line. Gainer and Lee also return at linebacker. Brown is the leader of secondary that has considerable depth.

Audible: "We've got everything in place as a staff. It's just a matter of waiting to find out if we'll continue on past the spring." — Gibbs assistant coach Mitch Abrams

Did you know? West scored on a combined five kickoff and punt returns and had three others called back on penalties last season.

Spring game: vs. East Lake, 7:30 May 29

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Lakewood

Sept. 11 at Countryside

Sept. 17 vs. Largo

Sept. 25 vs. Palm Harbor University

Oct. 2 at Dunedin

Oct. 9 vs. St. Petersburg

Oct. 23 at Northeast

Oct. 30 at Pinellas Park

Nov. 6 vs. Seminole

Nov. 13 vs. Boca Ciega

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Gibbs 05/18/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 18, 2009 11:41pm]
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