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Nearly 30 former Tampa Bay prep stars affected by Big Ten cancellation of season

Indiana's roster alone features 10 former local high school standouts.
Indiana quarterback (and Tampa Bay Tech alumnus) Michael Penix Jr. (9) warms up before a game against Nebraska last October.
Indiana quarterback (and Tampa Bay Tech alumnus) Michael Penix Jr. (9) warms up before a game against Nebraska last October. [ NATI HARNIK | Associated Press ]
Published Aug. 11, 2020

More than two-dozen former area high school standouts suddenly find themselves without a football season. So do at least three head coaches with significant Tampa Bay ties.

Such was the local ripple effect of the decision by Big Ten presidents (or at least a majority of them) to cancel the 2020 fall season. Shortly thereafter came official word that the Pac-12 would follow suit.

But the Big Ten has far greater local representation. Indiana’s roster alone features 10 former local prep standouts. Additionally, Hoosiers coach Tom Allen cut his coaching teeth in the area (Temple Heights, Armwood).

Former Bucs coach Lovie Smith has six bay area players on his 2020 Illinois roster. Iowa has three; Penn State and Maryland each have two.

Here’s the complete rundown:

Indiana

Wide receiver Whop Philyor, Sr. (Plant)

Defensive back Juwan Burgess, R-Jr. (Plant)

Linebacker James Miller, R-So. (Armwood)

Quarterback Michael Penix, R-So. (Tampa Bay Tech)

Defensive lineman Jonathan King, R-So. (Tampa Bay Tech)

Linebacker D.K. Bonhomme, So. (Clearwater Academy International)

Linebacker Thomas Allen, R-Jr. (Plant)

Linebacker Micah McFadden, Jr. (Plant)

Defensive lineman Sio Nofoagatoto’a, So. (Clearwater Academy International)

Defensive lineman Tramar Reece, R-Jr. (Clearwater)

Iowa

Defensive back Dane Belton, So. (Jesuit)

Wide receiver Quavon Matthews, Fr. (Largo)

Wide receiver Calvin Lockett, So. (Largo)

Ohio State

Offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere, So. (Berkeley Prep)

Purdue

None

Michigan

Defensive lineman Jaylen Harrell, Fr. (Berkeley Prep)

Michigan State

None

Illinois

Quarterback Deuce Spann, Fr. (Lakewood)

Linebacker Jake Hansen, Sr. (East Lake)

Defensive lineman Tre’von Riggins, Fr. (Lakewood)

Linebacker Khalan Tolson, Jr. (Admiral Farragut)

Defensive lineman Jer’Zhan Newton, Fr. (Clearwater Central Catholic)

Defensive lineman Quinton McCoy, Fr. (Bloomingdale)

Penn State

Running back Keyvone Lee, Fr. (American Collegiate)

Defensive tackle Judge Culpepper, So. (Plant)

Maryland

Offensive lineman Zach Perkins, Fr. (Berkeley Prep)

Defensive lineman Almosse Titi, Fr. (Jefferson)

Rutgers

Defensive tackle Malik Barrow, Sr. (Tampa Catholic/IMG)

Northwestern

Wide receiver Wayne Dennis, Fr. (Armwood)

Nebraska

None