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WHAT ARE THE YELLOW JACKETS DOING?

Breaking in a new coach. Harry Hubbard knows Blake well though, as he coached at rival Middleton for seven years.

Networking

What they're saying about the Yellow Jackets

Coach Harry Hubbard "It will all come down to how well we play together. A lot of our guys are going to have to grow up mighty quick."

Coach Harry Hubbard "Every coach, no matter where you go, is going to have to make adjustments. The goal is the same, get to the playoffs and win a championship."

Leto offensive coordinator Frank Rose "As long as they stay healthy, Blake might be one of the biggest surprises in the county."

TE Michael McFarland We always had the type of mind-set where when someone scores on us, our heads go down."

TE Michael McFarland "Coach keeps trying to instill that if we stay positive good things will happen. You've just got to rebound when you fall down."

TE Michael McFarland "This coaching staff, they don't play. If you do something wrong, they're going to let you know. That's the game, you have to keep your composure."

Friday Night Rewind Blake only has four seniors, so younger players will have to step up on and off the field. This project is still a few years away.

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Additional characters

A few Yellow Jackets we'll be following on Fridays

TE Michael McFarland The UF commit has the size (6-6, 230 pounds) to be a big-time player at any level. As Blake's top weapon, he'll be used in a variety of roles.

WR Phillip Davis The fastest Jackets player has the ability to stretch the field and make some big plays.

QB Eugene Davenport A second-year starter, Hubbard said he is growing into his role as a offensive leader entering his junior year.

RB Daniel Padron As a quick-study sophomore, coaches already have high hopes for him.

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Tweet and sour

Why the Yellow Jackets will make the playoffs

WillWinIf

Suddenly break their history - and mentality - of losing with a memorable run through an unforgiving district

Why the Yellow Jackets may not make the playoffs

WillLoseIf

Fail on fundamentals, making for some long games against district foes like Jefferson, Lakewood and Spoto.

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

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Coach: Harry Hubbard (first season; 35-33 in seven years at Middleton)

Last season: 1-9

District: Class 3A, District 8

Colors: Black and gold

Stadium: James "Big Jim" Williams Stadium, 1701 N Blvd., Tampa

Playoff history: 1969, 2000

Last appearance: Lost 31-0 to Crystal River

State titles: 1969

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