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Developing solid components around their Division I-caliber quarterback and trying to shore up a depleted secondary


What they're saying about the Tigers

Coach Joe Ross "The past two weeks the matchup has been the Tigers vs. the Tigers. So how good are we? I don't know. We won't know until it's Tigers vs. somebody else."

Coach Joe Ross "We graduated a couple of really, really exceptional corners last year, so it's going to change our philosophy of pass coverage."

Coach Joe Ross "(Quarterback Bobby Eveld) is a poster boy for what you want in a high school athlete. He is first at practice, last one to leave. Just an unbelievable work ethic."

Quarterback Bobby Eveld "Obviously (Erick) McGriff is going to hurt us a little bit, losing him. But I'm confident in these four (new receivers) stepping up."

Quarterback Bobby Eveld "I'll give (the offensive line) two thumbs up."

Friday Night Rewind Tweet District realignment was highly favorable to the Tigers, whom we project to make their first playoff appearance since 2006.

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A few Tigers we'll be following on Fridays

QB Bobby Eveld Cerebral, strong-armed and 6 feet 6. Coach says he's getting "a boatload" of college letters

RB Robby Garcia Led Tigers in rushing (97 carries, 508 yards) in 2008

LT Charles Winship This 6-foot-3, 290-pound veteran will protect Eveld's blind side

K/P Tyler Feely If his name's Feely, you know he must have a leg. He does

WR Ben Gutowski Rising senior opened eyes in spring and preseason

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Tweet and sour

Why the Tigers will make the playoffs


Because their seven-team district includes two first-year programs and another entering only its third season

Why the Tigers may not make the playoffs


Their glaring concerns (backfield depth, secondary) are exposed against the district's established teams

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

Last season: 6-4

Class: 2A, District 5

Colors: Blue and white

Stadium: Corral Memorial Stadium, 4701 N. Himes Ave., Tampa

Playoff history: 1967, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006

Last appearance: Lost 28-11 to Wauchula Hardee

State titles: 1968