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Plant: Encore awaits as unbeaten Ely goes for 3-peat

ksmith@tampatrib.com
Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 08:41 PM

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TAMPA -

Numbers tell a lot about Plant High senior quarterback Phillip Ely.

In two seasons of varsity football for the Panthers - 24 games - Ely has thrown for 3,627 yards and 39 touchdowns. As a starter, he's 19-0.

But numbers don't tell the whole Ely story.

"He really is one of the great stories of all time," Plant coach Robert Weiner said. "He's a young man who has never had a personal individual goal and is always focused on the right things.

"He's focused on what's best for the team and the overall group. And because of that, everything that he could have wanted has come his way."

Two state titles? Check.

Recognition as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, including an invite to the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterbacks Camp? Check.

Verbal commitment to defending national champion Alabama? Check.

Those are just a few things that have come Ely's way. And with a full year of high school remaining, there should be plenty more.

Not bad for a kid who started as a sophomore when Aaron Murray broke his leg and stood barely 5-foot-9 and weighed 150 pounds.

Ely literally has transformed and grown up before everyone's eyes, now standing 6-1 and weighing 190. He was the cleanup guy, so to speak, his sophomore year when he was thrust into the starter's role.

Last year, his own injury delayed his debut as the full-time starter but he returned to help the Panthers to their second consecutive state title.

So what will Ely do for an encore as a senior? If his past performances are any indication, great things.

"Talking with Aaron and Robert (Marve), they said going into your senior year the game just kind of slows down," Ely said. "You get to breathe for a second and get to see things you never got to see before, and I'm kind of excited to see what they're talking about.

"It's crazy that it's my senior year. I want to go out with a bang. I just want to go and play football and not really think about numbers and that stuff, and hopefully keep this train going."

STADIUM: Dad's Stadium, 2415 S. Himes Ave., Tampa
CLASS-DISTRICT: 5A-5 (with Alonso, Chamberlain and Gaither)
COACH: Robert Weiner (65-14, seventh season)
LAST SEASON: 14-1

Sept. 3: at Tampa Bay Tech
Sept. 10: Hillsborough
Sept. 16: at Abilene (Tx.)
Sept. 24: Riverview
Oct. 1: Armwood
Oct. 8: at Gaither
Oct. 15: Spoto
Oct. 22: at Alonso
Nov. 5: Chamberlain
Nov. 12: at Robinson

No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.1Eric PattersonDB5-10185Sr.2Antonio CrawfordRB/WR/DB5-11180Jr.3Wesley BullockRB/WR5-5155So.4Scott GreacenWR/S6-0170Sr.5Drew MadhuSS6-1190Jr.6Daniel CasselliWR6-3185Jr.7Tyrell MillsWR/TE6-3200Sr.8Joey BrandesWR5-11170Sr.10James FewFS/QB6-2180Jr.12Phillip ElyQB6-1190Sr.13Nick SandersQB6-1185Sr.14Trey HoltzQB6-1180Jr.15John KavouklisS6-0195Jr.16Dakota VelazquezDB5-10155So.17Thornton WatsonWR6-3190Sr.18Aaron AikensDB/WR6-0165So.19Grant Van AmanK/P6-2180Jr.20Tyvan SundayDB5-10165Jr.21David LeromDB5-10175Jr.22Calvin MannRB5-9175Sr.23Justin WattsRB5-8160Jr.24Caleb HazleyDB/WR5-8155Jr.25Ronnie SingletonDB5-9160Sr.26Paris BostickDB/WR6-0195So.27Max AugustinDB5-9155Jr.28Erick JuarezWR5-6140Jr.29Justin McDowellDB5-8165Jr.30Devonte WarrenDB/RB5-7140Jr.31Brenton HoneywellDB5-8165Sr.32James WilderRB/DE6-2220Sr.33Drake BabisRB5-10180Sr.34Patrick WrightDL6-1205Jr.35Allen AndreuLB6-0195Sr.36Tate RogersLB/FB5-11210Jr.37John WebsterDB5-10170Sr.38Mark MerrillDB5-9155So.39Kenny BryantDB5-9160Fr.40Alexander JacksonWR5-9160Fr.41Matthew SuarezLB5-10185Sr.42Lavonte DukesDE6-2175Jr.43David PerkinsDB6-0155Jr.44Thomas HystenDB5-9165Jr.45Austin LaurienzoLB5-10185Sr.46Blake McClellandDL6-0200Sr.47Theo TinsleyLB6-0205Sr.48Tupou AleamotuaDL6-1255Sr.49James HelmFB5-10210So.50Tommy HankinDL6-0190Jr.51Ben AdamsLB6-0190Sr.52Mark KimDL6-2200Sr.53Trevor FowlowC5-5180Sr.54Dane SeckarOL6-1250Sr.55Spencer MatthewsLB6-0200Sr.56JoJo HudekLB5-11205Jr.57Make TateLB6-0180Jr.58Ryan MenardOL6-0210Sr.59Chase MainDL6-1190Jr.60Donovan CarleyLB5-7175So.61Davis MarvelOL6-0255Sr.62Nathan SchnitzleinDL/OL6-2210Sr.64Joseph CannellaOL5-10235Jr.65Doug BonaDL6-0205Jr.66Jonathan HaneyOL/DL6-2205Jr.67Wadensky EstimphileDL5-11220Sr.68Jacob LopezLB5-10210Jr.70Steven GallowayOL5-9250Sr.71Crews ChambersDL6-0210Jr.72Richy KlepalOL6-5255So.73Gary Graves-BarnesDE6-2185Jr.75Tony PosadaOL6-6325Sr.77Josh BrelandOL6-1265Sr.78Evan DeffendallDL5-10175Jr.79Nathan ShienleOL6-5290Jr.80Michael ConeFS6-0150Jr.81Zachary McClainWR6-1140Jr.82Walker BarnesWR5-10150Jr.83Trey VarinoWR5-10170Jr.84Sam GlickmanWR5-10155Jr.85Austin AikensWR/DB6-1175Jr.86Jon DawdyWR5-10150Jr.87Devin ZinkoskyDL6-3225Sr.88Austin RobertsWR6-1170Fr.89Chase MighellTE6-1200Jr.90Joseph FisherTE6-0180Jr.91Zach SeabergDL6-1205So.92Bobby RichardsonDL6-3245Sr.94Thomas Derathe'DL6-1210Sr.95Michael DvorinkDE/TE6-2230Jr.96Nathan MujicaDL6-1210Jr.98Mitchell WrightDL6-3185So.99Josue' CancelDB/WR6-0170Sr.

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