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King: Versatile Sturgis happy to take heavy workload

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

Receiver, quarterback, running back, defensive back. Reese Sturgis has no problem playing any one of those positions.

That's good news, considering King High coach Alvin Davis plans to use the versatile Lions senior at every one this season.

Dubbed the most dangerous person with the ball in his hands on the King roster by his coach, Sturgis will get plenty of touches in a variety of different ways. While his primary offensive role will be at receiver, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster will also strut into the backfield on occasion as well as take some direct snaps in the Lions' version of the Wildcat formation. That's all in addition to doubling as a starting defensive back.

Though the workload may seem on the extreme end, it suits Sturgis just fine.

"It's just fun being on the field," said Sturgis, who starred in a similar situation in 2009 when he led the team in receiving (395 yards on 29 catches), was third in rushing (207 yards) and second in passing (172 yards) while accounting for 12 total touchdowns. "Don't no one like sitting on the sidelines."

There is a bit more to it than that, however, according to Davis. While Sturgis desires to be on the field as much as possible, his unselfishness in regards to where coaches ask him to perform speaks to his character.

"He's a team player," Davis said. "Anywhere you want to put him, he'll play. Every day in practice, he gives 100 percent. He's just a team player, and he wants to win."

That's the biggest goal.

King hasn't had a winning season since 2001, which is the last time the Lions reached the playoffs. Sturgis, a team captain, would love to be remembered as one of the leaders on the Lions team that turned things around and ended the postseason drought.

He knows it will be a tall task, but he believes he and his teammates are capable of making some noise this season.

"We've got a lot to prove. Nobody thinks we can do it," Sturgis said. "That's motivation to me. I want to be the one to say I led King to the playoffs. I'm looking forward to it."

STADIUM:: Bill Stewart Stadium, 6815 N. 56th St., Tampa
CLASS-DISTRICT: 4A-9 (with Armwood, East Bay and Hillsborough)
COACH:: Alvin Davis (60-114, 19th season overall; 7-12, third season at King)
LAST SEASON: 4-5

Sept. 3: Middleton
Sept. 10: at Freedom
Sept. 16: at Robinson
Sept. 24: at Strawberry Crest
Oct. 1: Leto
Oct. 8: Armwood
Oct. 15: at Tampa Bay Tech
Oct. 22: at East Bay
Oct. 29: Bloomingdale
Nov. 5: Hillsborough

No.NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.1Taylor Smith-GonzalezWR-DB5-10 160Jr.2Tirrence CasonRB-SS5-10185Jr.3Reese SturgisATH5-10175Sr.4Kenny LewisWR-DB5-10175Sr.5Austin CoxRB-LB5-10180Jr.6Anthony McNealyWR-DB5-10155So.7Shawn HibbertRB-DB5-10175Sr.8Chris MurrayWR-DB5-11180Jr.9Darrell BakerFB-MLB6-1225Sr.10Darnell DawsonQB6-4195Jr.11Greg WindhamQB6-1190Jr.12Darrell MarchmanQB-WR6-0160Sr.14Tavis CampbellC-LB5-9180Sr.15Kenyatta YoungQB6-0170So.20Tawn-Tyba TakeliDE-TE6-1190Sr.21George GreenRB-DB5-9175Jr.22Brandon HarrisDB5-10160So.23Tarus Smith-GonzalezWR-DB6-0175Sr.24Demetrius DillardTE-SS5-10175Jr.25David BentleyWR-DB5-11160Jr.30Eddie Jackson RB-LB5-7165Sr.32Michael SanchoLB-TE6-0185So.33Johnathan BlairRB-DB5-10160Jr.35Jake BakerK-P5-8150Jr.36Zach TravisK-P6-1160So.37Raymond ColonWR5-8145Jr.38Dominick KellyTE-LB5-9145So.40Marcus BrownWR-DB6-1185So.45Austin LongTE, LB5-0165Fr.46Curt SolomonRB-LB5-10165So.50Matthew NakamaruC-LB6-0225Jr.51John KelleyTE-LB6-3220Jr.52Quinnterro JonesFB-LB5-9195Sr.54Nathan LoganLB-TE5-11180Jr.55Kylan BlackmanOL-DL5-9195Sr.58Reed BlairOL-DL5-11235Jr.60Daridon CamelienDL-OL6-0230Jr.61James SampsonFB-DL5-8180Jr.62Jody GalvanOL-DL6-0200Jr.63Jesse HamptonOL-DL5-11230Sr.65Michael MooreOL-DL6-1250Sr.68Gregory Sheffield OL-DL5-6200So.71Romario DunbarOL-DL5-10215So.72Mario DunbarOL-DL5-10215So.75Stefan SierraOL-DL6-1205Sr.76Braden SmithOL-DE6-2200So.77Angel HernandezOL-DL5-11200So.78Dennis MeyerOL-DL6-4280So.80Reshard BrownWR-FS6-5185Jr.82Zerric ColemanDE-WR6-4195So.84Aabid AllibhaiK-P5-9170Jr.85Kim JacksonTE-DE6-1200So.86Reggie ButlerTE-DE6-1250So.87Greg EllosOL-DL6-2215So.90DeVonte Maxfield OL-DL6-0185So.95Gaberial PinetOL-DL5-11300So.

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