Over the next two weeks, we’ll pose and answer a question a day about the upcoming football season.
Who will be the North Suncoast’s breakout players?
One of the beauties of high school football is the revolving door of talent. When someone graduates, someone else gets playing time. A few go from the bench to stardom. Who are some of the most likely candidates to have a breakout season in 2011?
What they’re saying
Wesley Chapel coach Ben Alford: “(Junior athlete) DeQuane Anderson. He’s gonna be a breakout player. He didn’t play for us last fall. He came here from Georgia and has been bouncing around from school to school. He came on in the spring. …
“Whatever you ask him to do, he gets done. If I asked him to go through a brick wall, he would. He’s only going to be a junior, so that’s great news for me.
“Very quick. He’s shifty. He’s got really good hands. He does a lot of things well. He’s going to play a lot of running back and slot for us. He’ll play just about everywhere. We’ll try to keep him on the field at all times.”
What we’re saying
Matt Baker: I’ll start with another Wildcat — defensive back Chris Mattear. The 6-foot-3 senior has missed the past two seasons for personal reasons but is back and looked great in coverage during 7-on-7 games.
John C. Cotey: I have front row seats on the Matt Breida bandwagon. I think with Nature Coast going back to a more run-oriented attack, and having unproven talent at quarterback and wide receiver, Breida has to be the man. He has blazing speed — Sharks coaches have reported sub-4.4 on numerous occasions — and may just be a faster version of Ike Bailey. Plus, they gave him No. 4, the same number Rian Williams and Tevin Drake wore. It’s golden!
Baker: If you’re driving, I’ll ride in the passenger’s seat on the Breidamobile. Another running back to watch is Freddie Jones from Mitchell. He had four touchdown carries last year but has to replace Ricky Trinidad. Mordell Holley also looked dynamic in the Mustangs’ backfield during 7-on-7 drills.
Cotey: I feel the same way about Wiregrass Ranch athlete Jamel Nunez, and I’m intrigued by Anclote’s young defensive end Austin Rumer and Hernando LB/RB Jeremiah Jackson (hey, four touchdowns in the spring will catch my eye every time).
Baker: You missed a Bull. How about Wiregrass Ranch receiver/tight end Chase Belisle? His teammates are already calling him Kent 2 — Kent 1 being Land O’Lakes star Kent Taylor. The Gators have another athlete, Nico Watts, who’s small but shifty and speedy, and looked good in summer competition.
And I’ll throw out a few more names to remember: Pasco receiver Raheem Wigfall, Fivay tight end Kevin Faulkner and Springstead linebacker/receiver Luke McLeod.
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