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Football preview: Plant


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Offensive line plows ahead for Panthers

 
This appears to be the best offensive line in Plant's history and possibly in Hillsborough County.

The proof, of course, remains to be seen, but on paper the optimism begins with “The Big Three”: senior tackle Ray Raulerson (committed to the University of Tennessee), center Richard Bush (considering several schools) and junior tackle Jake Fruhmorgen (recruited by a long list of major colleges).

What separates this group is not only their size (all over 6-foot and 280 pounds), but their strength, speed, knowledge, versatility and compatibility.

“They can all (pass block and run block) and that is a rare thing to have three guys who can do both as well as they can,” Plant coach Robert Weiner said. “Needless to say, we are very excited to see what these guys can do this year.”

Because the offensive line is so versatile and powerful, expect Plant to be even more unpredictable and explosive than in past years — throwing or running on just about any play at any time.

“This is our time,” Bush said. “We're going to make the most of it.”

SUPPLY

Quarterback

The heir apparent is Colby Brown, who may not have a great deal of game experience (played in six games in 2012, completing 32 of 59 passes for 470 yards), but has the benefit of playing under Weiner, a wizard at developing quarterbacks.

Receiver

Austin Hudson (committed to Wisconsin), Cam Winter and Jordan Reed all possess speed, agility and great hands.

Hudson, who played in only one game last season after severely straining his groin, might be the best kept secret in Hillsborough County. He is fast and tall and isn't afraid to fight for the ball in a crowd. In his one game, by the way, he caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 52-20 victory over Jefferson.

Linebacker

One of the county's best is Andrew Beck, who has committed to the University of Texas. Beck led Plant last year with 126 tackles and there is no reason to believe he won't improve on that total this year.

DEMAND

Defensive line

Plant lost three would-be starters to injuries -— Caperton Ellias (broken femur), Cameron Staley (separated shoulder) and Alex Leroy (separated shoulder) — and their return date is projected two to four weeks into the season.

Weiner is looking for Chandler Reed, Brenden Bomar and Kyle Henderson to step up.

Defensive back

Gone are defensive backs Paris Bostick (University of Georgia) and Tristan Cooper, but returning is Mazzi Wilkins, who provides a Division I-caliber presence for pass defense.

Overall, Weiner said expect the Panthers to get “back to core values,” which means less individual highlights and more swarming to the ball.

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Tyrone, Ga. Sandy Creek

Sept. 6: Robinson

Sept. 12: at Gaither

Sept. 20: Bloomingdale

Sept. 27: at Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 4: at Riverview

Oct. 11: Sickles

Oct. 18: Newsome

Oct. 25: at Wharton

Nov. 1: at Alonso


Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.1 Mazzi Wilkins DB 6-1 165 Sr.

2 Jordan Reed WR 5-10 150 Jr.

3 Trey Gilbert RB/S/OLB 5-8 165 So.

4 Alexander Jackson WR/QB 5-8 170 Sr.

5 Colby Brown QB 6-1 190 Sr.

6 Cameron Winter WR/S 6-1 180 Sr.

7 Patrick Brooks RB 5-10 185 Jr.

8 Derrick Baity DB/WR 6-2 170 Jr.

13 Will Ayers QB 6-0 170 Jr.

14 Dane Frantzen QB 5-10 155 Fr.

15 Chandler Reed DE/OLB 6-2 205 Sr.

16 Ronald Young WR/DB 5-10 180 Sr.

17 Rex Culpepper QB 6-3 190 So.

18 Scoop Bradshaw DB/WR 5-10 160 So.

19 Henry June DB 5-10 160 Sr.

20 Morgan Jones DB 6-0 165 Jr.

21 Bernard Rogers DB/WR 5-11 175 Sr.

22 Jake Buxton RB/DB/LB 5-11 190 Sr.

23 Tykese Keaton-Baldwin RB/OLB 5-9 175 So.

24 Justin Valdes S/RB 5-10 175 Sr.

25 Fletcher Barnes WR/RB/LB 5-9 180 Sr.

26 Michael Murphy DB 5-11 190 So.

27 Austin Hudson WR/DB 6-2 185 Sr.

28 Andrew Beck LB/TE 6-3 235 Sr.

29 Kendall Wichman DB 5-10 180 Sr.

30 Yveson Luma RB 5-8 155 Sr.

31 Grant Fraley LB/SS/P 5-11 195 Sr.

32 De'fredrick Fagan DB/WR 5-8 145 Jr.

33 Harrison Mathews LB 6-0 180 Sr.

34 Colton Hershock DB 5-9 170 Sr.

35 Eric Drigo DB 5-10 170 Sr.

36 Zachary Sparks DB 5-11 175 Sr.

37 Cole Roberts DB 5-9 155 Jr.

38 Brendan Butler LB 6-0 185 So.

39 Chance Friedman LB 5-10 175 Sr.

40 Gerald Clark DB 5-11 170 Jr.

41 Bobby Gross FB/LB 6-0 190 Sr.

42 Kyle Henderson DL/FB 6-2 275 Jr.

43 Justus Canatsey DB 5-11 170 Jr.

44 Tommy Rhee FB/TE/DL 6-2 230 Sr.

45 Miguel Duran RB 5-4 125 Sr.

46 Maurice Jackson LB 5-9 180 Sr.

47 Hunter Anderson K/P 5-10 145 Sr.

48 Kervens Faustin DB 6-0 175 Jr.

49 Alex Aull LB/RB 5-11 195 Jr.

50 Tripp Holland LB 6-1 200 Jr.

51 Trey Carr LB 6-0 180 Jr.

52 Jack Ryan OL 6-2 230 Jr.

53 Jonah Bruening DB 5-8 135 Jr.

54 Brenden Bomar LB/DE/TE 6-3 205 Sr.

55 Rey Oliva LB 5-9 195 Jr.

56 Hunter Wertz LB 6-1 210 Sr.

57 Jackson Kilcoyne DE/OLB 6-2 180 Sr.

58 Tyler Jaenicke LB 5-10 185 Sr.

59 Mark Gauthier DB 5-10 160 So.

60 Jackson Spilman OL 6-3 235 Sr.

61 John Houston K 5-5 145 Jr.

62 Santiago Hernandez DL 5-10 195 Sr.

63 Jake Fruhmorgen OL 6-5 280 Jr.

64 Alex Leroy DL 6-2 240 Sr.

65 Ronald Christian DL/OL 5-9 245 Jr.

66 Chris Joyner OL 6-2 285 Jr.

67 Ken Purdy OL 6-1 275 Jr.

68 Anthony Forte DL 5-8 180 Jr.

69 Collin Jones DL 5-10 260 Sr.

70 Justin Mikus OL 6-2 245 Sr.

71 Christian Chambers P 5-9 155 Sr.

72 Nick Hudek OL 6-3 295 So.

73 Denton Dowell OL/LS 6-1 220 Sr.

74 Ray Raulerson OL/DL 6-4 275 Sr.

75 Andrew DelRosal OL 6-0 315 Jr.

76 Robert Mondor OL 6-2 265 Jr.

77 Richard Bush OL 6-2 270 Sr.

78 Caperton Ellis DL 6-3 265 Sr.

79 Ben Rowley OL 6-3 265 Sr.

80 Derek Hernandez MGR 5-9 180 Jr.

80 Javon Hodges WR 5-8 140 So.

81 Brian Grayson DB/WR 6-1 160 Jr.

82 John Rutledge WR 5-9 165 Sr.

83 Clarke Miller WR/TE 6-2 200 Jr.

84 T.J. Wattley WR/DB/DE 6-2 180 Jr.

85 George Linardic MGR 6-0 175 Sr.

86 Matthew Beadle P 6-5 185 Jr.

87 Colin Hecker WR 6-0 160 Jr.

88 Luke McFadden WR 6-2 175 Jr.

89 Jakeem Fedd DB 6-1 155 Jr.

90 Raeder Frantzen DE/OLB/TE 6-3 200 Jr.

91 Sean Kissel DE 6-3 190 So.

92 Michael Rivera DL/TE 6-2 220 Jr.

93 Cameron Staley DL 6-2 230 Sr.

94 Colin Campbell DL 5-10 230 Jr.

95 Jake Hansen DL 6-0 200 Sr.

96 Bennett Eibel DL/TE 6-5 225 Jr.

97 Sasha DeHaven K 5-6 165 So.

98 Hunter White DL 6-3 245 Jr.

99 Myles Scott DE/OLB 6-2 205 Jr.

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