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Spring football capsule: Jesuit

Confidence is high regarding Bobby Eveld, who threw four TDs in the jamboree win.

BRIAN BLANCO | Special to the Times

Confidence is high regarding Bobby Eveld, who threw four TDs in the jamboree win.

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Jesuit

Coach: Joe Ross (fifth season, 25-16)

Last season: 6-4

District: Class 2A-5 (Lennard, Middleton, Robinson, Steinbrenner, St. Petersburg Catholic, Strawberry Crest)

Key losses: TE/DE John Plasencia, WR Erick McGriff, RB Greg Dupell, OL Sean Desmond, DB Michael Miller, CB Mike McEnany

Who's back: QB Bobby Eveld, WR Ben Gutowski, OLB Michael Lamoureux, WR Bryce Walker, WR Will Schaefer, OL Randy Ramos, OL Charles Winship

What's new: The Tigers lose a pair of Division I football players in Plasencia (Northwestern) and McGriff (Kansas), so the concentration this spring was on seeing which players can step in and contribute. On defense the Tigers are depleted up the middle. They've lost both inside linebackers, two defensive tackles and three of four starters in the secondary. "It doesn't look as bad as it seems," Ross said. "We have some kids who can step in." One place where there is no question mark is at quarterback. Six-foot-5½ rising senior Bobby Eveld will be the starter, and his four touchdown passes in the Tigers' comeback jamboree win over Alonso (yes, it was just one half) showed he can move the ball down the field quickly. Ross said he has shown great leadership after earning the starting position last season. "He's our No. 1, hands down," Ross said. "He's the first one to show up to practice and he's the last one to leave." Last year's success was dependent on the Tigers' offense. In their six wins, they averaged 35 points, while averaging only 7.75 points in four losses.

Audible: "We finished strong last year. We won our first four, lost four straight, then we won our last home game, we beat Tampa Catholic in our last game, and then we came from behind in our spring game to beat Alonso. I don't know if we developed an attitude, but we realized we were never going to quit." — Ross

Did you know? Jesuit moves down a classification and will play in a district that features two first-year programs in Steinbrenner and Strawberry Crest. Its other district opponents were a combined 10-30 last year.

Spring game: Defeated Alonso 27-25

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at Kathleen

Sept. 11 at Sarasota

Sept. 17 vs. Durant

Sept. 25 vs. Steinbrenner

Oct. 2 at Robinson

Oct. 9 at Lennard

Oct. 16 vs. Strawberry Crest

Oct. 30 at Middleton

Nov. 6 vs. St. Petersburg Catholic

Nov. 13 vs. Tampa Catholic

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Jesuit 05/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:53pm]
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