STADIUM: Jack Peters Field, 6311 S. Lois Ave., Tampa CLASS-DISTRICT: 6A-8 (with Armwood, Blake, Chamberlain, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, and Lennard) COACH: Shawn Taylor (first season) LAST SEASON: 12-2
Sturdy Guyton leads Knights defense
Senior Jordan Guyton is the anchor to a solid linebacking corps. Guyton, who in 2012 led the Knights in tackles with 99, is an International Baccalaureate student who leads by example, which starts with his brains and ends with an all-out effort on every play.
Guyton also appears to have a healthy perspective on the state of the Knights.
“I have learned what it takes to win and I believe this team this year can win,” Guyton said. “Our goal is win every game and go for a state championship.”
Beside Guyton, who plays the middle, is Javaughn Johnson, who last year had seven touchdowns on either fumble recoveries or interceptions.
This arguably is Robinson’s strongest area with Robert Priester and Terrance Baldwin at the corners and Brandon Peters at safety. All three are quick and fast and have great chances of playing in college. Michael Duclos, who will be featured at running back, also serves as a fine defender.
Yes, the Knights lost leading rusher Martin Ruiz (177 carries, 1,284 yards in 2012) to graduation, but they return Duclos, Aivory Foster and Guyton, the latter of whom will serve more as a fullback. Both Declos and Foster are powerful and quick and are capable of making something out of nothing.
Jahrivs Davenport and Darrell Gwyn head up this group, which is long and athletic. Davenport is tough underneath and can stretch the field if needed. Davenport averaged almost 20 yards a catch in 2012.
Gone is Zain Gilmore, who threw for 1,422 yards last season and rushed for another 912. Stepping in is Travis Forehand or Darius Autry. At 6-foot-5, Forehand is more of a pocket passer, while Autry is more the quick scrambler.
The hope is that Keldrick Preston or converted basketball player Mike Cholas will add some heat to opposing offensive linemen.
Robinson says it is not backing away from anybody, despite getting a new coach and losing 26 to graduation. “We expect our team to continue the tradition of winning at Robinson,” coach Shawn Taylor said. “That’s the bottom line.”