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Spring football capsule: Tampa Catholic

QB Christian Green is getting attention from recruiters.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

QB Christian Green is getting attention from recruiters.

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

Tampa Catholic

Coach: Bob Henriquez (fifth season back at Tampa Catholic, 35-15; 14th overall, 100-55)

Last season: 9-4 (lost 19-17 to Miami Gulliver Prep in Class 2A state semifinals)

District: Class 2B, District 5 (Avon Park, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Mulberry)

Key losses: DL Brandon Green, WR Kenny Broadnax, TE A.J. Mulkey, DB Ralph Grover, LB K.C. Schweiberger, LB Colin Carter, DB Esteban Estrella, OL Ronnie Barcena, DL Michael Aguila, WR Joe Joiner, FB Daniel Sanabria, K/P Matt McLaughlin

Who's back: QB Christian Green, RB Henry McCloud, QB D.J. Williams, WR/DB Conner Louis, OL/DL Chaz Green, OL Austin Rossmiller, OL Matt Gibbons, OL/DL Kevin White, LB Brandon Mendoza, DB Jeremi Wilkes, DB Chris Lundy, WR Jordan Jones, WR Austin Akins, TE Joseph Ogle, OL Mike Graziano

What's new: Much of the hoopla around Tampa Catholic this spring focused on who was there to see highly recruited rising seniors Christian Green and Chaz Green. Henriquez estimated about 70 Division I coaches came through to watch practice. But Henriquez is more satisfied with the way Tampa Catholic was able to clog some holes on its defensive front seven. "Our offense has drawn a lot of headlines, but a lot of our recent success has been because of our consistency on defense," Henriquez said. The Crusaders return four of their five starting offensive linemen. Lewis stepped up at receiver, and Ogle did the same at tight end. With Jones and Akins also returning, Christian Green should have plenty of weapons come the fall, especially with McCloud in the backfield.

Audible: "The last time we had this kind of attention, back in the '90s, it was a disaster. Guys were more worried about who was on the sideline watching. But I think this group has done a good job of blocking all that out. Even though you have a football team with two national Division I recruits and a few other kids who can play at the Division I level, it's not going to win you a state championship. We still have a lot of work to do between now and then. It's going to take more than six or seven guys. It's going to take 22 or 24. This is going to be no picnic. Not a team on our schedule is going to care whether we bring a headline from Rivals.com or a combine statistic. In fact, that will motivate them more. The game isn't won on the Internet." — Henriquez

Did you know? Christian Green was one of the first players to be chosen to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Chaz Green could join him, but has already received an invitation for the Under Armour All-American Game.

Spring result: Defeated Mulberry 17-14

2009 schedule

Sept. 4at Groveland South Lake

Sept. 11vs. Berkeley Prep

Sept. 18vs. Ocala Trinity Catholic

Sept. 25at Orlando Lake Highland Prep

Oct. 9at Hallandale South Florida Prep

Oct. 16vs. Clearwater Central Catholic

Oct. 23at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Oct. 30vs. Mulberry

Nov. 6vs. Avon Park

Nov. 13at Jesuit

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Tampa Catholic 06/02/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 10:37pm]
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