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Football preview: Jesuit


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM

LB Jackson a star in the making
First-year Jesuit coach Matt Thompson has been around great defensive players, some of them four- or five-star recruits, others that were hard-nosed and pulled themselves up to shine. Thompson said senior linebacker Vincent Jackson, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound, highly-touted recruit with multiple offers, including from Miami, South Florida, Oregon and Alabama, is “very football savvy” and a guy “with great character that gets, on the first time, what you teach him.”

Thompson adds he’s not going to question what college coaches see in him, but admits he’s not ready to call him the best defensive player he’s had. “Ask me again in December,” he said with a chuckle. Jackson returns following a 69-tackle, 13-sack junior season to be the vocal leader for the Tigers defense.

SUPPLY

Quarterbacks

Most teams are lucky to have one reliable quarterback. However, the Tigers have a group guys, all of which could contribute on another team. The varsity starter will be senior Vincent Testaverde, but Thompson said he only has a slight edge on senior Trent Wessel, while junior Wesley Eveld has also impressed. Thompson is also high on JV starter Jack Adams, adding, “We’re deep on that position. We’re pretty good at quarterback right now.”

Running backs

Thompson also said the Tigers are deep at running back, returning leading rusher, junior Kevin Newman, who had 902 yards and eight touchdowns. Throw into the mix Ryan Black (270 yards, four TDs) and a couple of other new guys and the Tigers have a formidable backfield with options. “We have great options there, so there’s no worries at running back — we’re set,” Thompson said

DEMAND

Working as a team

Thompson was brought in, after spending 18 seasons as an assistant at Armwood. Thompson has installed a team-unity, playing-as-one philosophy. “We’re doing what every team is doing this time of the year: trying to work together to win football games,” Thompson said. “Maybe it’s a little easier here (than at Armwood). There are no superstars here, no five-star guys, but they are still very talented, very successful players and if we play like a team, we can be a thorn in anyone’s side.”

Transition

This is Thompson’s first head-coach gig, so having more responsibilities has been taxing, but he’s adjusting well and not letting anyone outwork him. “I’m there at 8 a.m. and I’m leaving at 8 p.m.,” Thompson said. “First one in, last one out. It’s a whole lot more work, but I’m getting used to it and it’s going well.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: at Hardee

Sept. 6: Bradenton Lakewood Ranch

Sept. 13: at Clearwater Central Catholic

Sept. 20: Largo

Sept. 27: at Newsome

Oct. 4: at Spoto

Oct. 11: Ocala Trinity Catholic

Oct. 18: at Orlando Bishop Moore

Nov. 1: Middleton

Nov. 8: Tampa Catholic

Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 Nick Perillo RB 5-6 144 So.

3 Rhett Waldron K 5-5 151 Sr.

4 James Peek DB 5-10 161 Sr.

5 JamesVrionis LB 5-10 190 Jr.

6 Christian Williams DB 5-11 160 Sr.

7 Wesley Eveld QB 6-5 190 Jr.

8 Jacob Carter DB 5-10 178 Sr.

9 Devyn Freeland DB 5-11 170 Jr.

10 Trent Wessel QB 6-2 178 Jr.

11 Kevin Newman RB 5-11 190 Jr.

12 Travel Harris WR 5-7 150 Fr.

14 Vincent Testaverde QB 6-2 177 Sr.

15 Vincent Jackson LB 6-3 240 Sr.

16 Cary Brown WR 6-0 180 Sr.

17 David Marerro DB 5-7 160 Jr.

18 Drew Paulsen TE 6-3 233 Sr.

20 Malik Davis WR 5-10 170 Fr.

21 Rey Riveros DB 5-10 160 So.

22 Josh Mounce DB 5-9 153 Jr.

24 Cooper Urbanski DB 6-1 151 Jr.

25 Mayson Atkinson DB 5-8 163 So.

26 Austin Buhler DB 5-8 143 Jr.

28 Sheldon Green DB 5-9 140 Fr.

30 Dennis Lopez LB 5-9 153 Sr.

31 Sammy Lauro LB 6-1 186 So.

32 Parker Looney LB 6-0 225 So.

33 Ryan Black RB 5-6 178 Sr.

34 Gage Holt FB 5-10 192 Jr.

35 GregCox DB 6-0 175 Sr.

40 Nick Mosco LB 5-10 215 Fr.

41 Jason Stokes DB 5-5 125 So.

42 Alexander Garcia LB 5-10 180 Sr.

43 Robert Monsour RB 5-9 164 Jr.

44 Austin McCullers RB 5-10 190 Sr.

45 Daniel Doan LB 5-9 167 Sr.

46 Josiah Mallon FB 5-9 180 So.

47 Sergio Farina LB 5-11 169 So.

50 Nick Leone DL 5-8 193 So.

51 Jonathan Shaw LB 6-1 174 Jr.

52 Zack Quilty LB 6-2 165 So.

53 Clark Bulleit OL 6-2 231 Jr.

54 Guy Revelle OL 6-3 240 Jr.

55 Christian Peredes DL 5-10 203 So.

56 Nate Cohen DL 5-9 158 Jr.

60 Nick Cox OL 6-0 229 Jr.

61 Patrick Powers OL 5-10 218 Sr.

64 Marc Jimenez OL 6-2 288 Jr.

65 Dakota Ware OL 5-8 210 Jr.

66 Jack Taylor DL 5-10 240 Sr.

67 Nick Battle OL 6-3 262 So.

70 Jackson Dennis OL 6-6 250 Jr.

71 Connor Mueller DL 5-11 170 Jr.

73 Nick McLachlin OL 6-3 280 So.

74 Zack Virgadamo OL 6-2 299 Jr.

75 Michael Suarez OL 6-3 260 Sr.

77 Mike Bell OL 6-1 214 Jr.

80 Michael Ancona WR 6-0 160 Jr.

81 Danny Peek WR 6-1 155 So.

83 Jensen Diaz WR 5-11 160 Jr.

84 Clarence Williams WR 5-11 160 Sr.

85 Joe Hoffman WR 5-11 160 Jr.

86 Carlos Alfonso WR 6-1 173 Sr.

87 Ricky Rausch WR 5-10 165 Jr.

88 Josh Curry-Jester WR 6-1 170 Jr.

89 Robert Whitaker TE 6-3 172 Jr.

90 Jalen Johnson DL 6-1 230 Sr.

94 Jordan Lassiter DL 5-11 229 So.

95 Brendon Wamsley DL/P 6-1 206 Jr.

97 Cameron Petrie DL 6-1 240 So.

99 Peter Osimen DL 6-0 277 Jr.

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