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Football preview: Tampa Bay Tech


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 01:59 AM

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Fullwood leads talented Titan playmakers

There’s no short supply of athletes at the skill position. And to talk about TBT’s skill players, one has to start with senior Tajee Fullwood.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver/defensive back verbally committed to South Florida during the summer, choosing the hometown Bulls over programs like Ohio State, Florida Sate and Vanderbilt.

“Tajee is another guy who can do it all,” Roberts said. “He can take away half of the field as a cornerback. As a receiver, if he’s not double teamed, we’re throwing it to him every time.”

Fullwood, who last season had 23 tackles with three interceptions and seven pass deflections, is the marquee guy in the secondary.

“Our DBs are guys with height,” Fullwood said. “I’m 6-2, another guy is 6-2 and two at 6-1.”

 
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Running back

Senior Deon Thompson, who rushed for a team-high nine touchdowns last season, can not only be used in short yardage, but can catch out of the backfield and use his speed on the outside.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back, who is being recruited by a handful of Division I programs, was the second-leading rusher for the Titans last season with 587 yards.

“He can do it all,” Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts said. “Run, catch and run in and outside.”

Linebackers

Led by senior Fred Russ, who is committed to Florida International University, and senior Jalen Woodall, Roberts said, “You’ll be pressed to find a bigger unit (in this county).

“We average well over 200 pounds at linebacker,” Roberts said.

Russ had a team-high 86 tackles last season while Woodall had 61. Senior Micah Tucker can play both defensive end and linebacker depending on the formation on the field.

Quarterback

Last season as a sophomore, Deon Cain threw for 1,645 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the Titans to the playoffs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, the junior is able to defeat defenses with his arm and speed.

“He’s just a freakish athlete,” Roberts said. “USF wants him as a quarterback and FSU likes him as a receiver. I heard he went to Friday Night Lights at the University of Florida and was the best receiver there.”

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No more one and done

Since 2008, the Titans have been eliminated in the second round of the state playoffs and last year, Tampa Bay Tech lost in the Class 7A region quarterfinal to Durant. The program is 4-7 overall in the postseason.

“We’re trying to get out of the second round of the playoffs,” Roberts said. “That’s been our hurdle the last four years as a team.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: Newsome

Sept. 12: at Durant

Sept. 20: Wiregrass Ranch

Sept. 27: Plant

Oct. 4: at Steinbrenner

Oct. 11: at Plant City

Oct. 18: Freedom

Oct. 25: at Gaither

Nov. 1: at Sickles

Nov. 8: Hillsborough

Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr

1 Donzell Polite WR/CB 5-8 165 Sr.

2 Tajee Fullwood ATH/QB/CB 6-2 187 Sr.

3 Elijah Spann WR/CB/RB 5-6 160 Sr.

4 Jason Williams WR 5-8 160 Sr.

5 Deon Cain QB/ATH 6-3 188 Jr.

6 Deon Thompson RB/S 5-9 181 Sr.

7 Sharrod Paige WR/S 6-1 175 Jr.

8 Justin Cobb CB/WR 5-9 160 Sr.

9 Antonio Donaldson DE 6-0 230 Sr.

10 Fred Russ LB/FB 5-10 220 Sr.

11 Micah Tucker DE/LB 6-3 200 Sr.

12 Isaiah Brown ATH/QB 6-0 160 So.

15 Wesely Harris WR 5-9 160 Sr.

16 KayJay Crawford WR/DB 5-8 165 Fr.

17 Doquan Green WR/DB 6-1 175 Fr.

18 Deuntarious Jamison WR/DB 5-11 165 Jr.

19 Bryon Walker QB 5-10 165 So.

20 Rickey Pyron S/OLB 5-10 185 Sr.

21 Claudi Fleuzinord S/CB 6-1 160 Sr.

22 Jalen Woodall LB 5-11 210 Sr.

24 Darrell Turner RB/ATH 5-10 190 So.

25 Malik Wright DB/WR 5-9 165 Jr.

27 Patrick Redding RB 5-11 175 Jr.

28 Bobby Brown CB 5-10 155 Fr.

32 Bruno Jean LB 5-9 185 Jr.

34 Adonis Rosado HB 5-8 170 Jr.

42 Zavid Hill HB/DB 5-7 160 Fr.

43 Jeff Allen DB 6-0 170 Sr.

44 Tyreese Sesler OLB/DE/TE 6-0 175 Jr.

50 Rashawn Washington DT/G 6-2 270 Sr.

52 Justin Edwards DL/OL 6-1 320 Sr.

53 Qajuan Spradley DL/OL 6-1 250 So.

54 Sam Felton DE/DT 6-1 215 Jr.

55 Deondre Jones DT/OL 6-0 295 Fr.

56 Manzey Velasquez DT/OG 5-11 260 Jr.

57 Alex Roque OG 6-1 260 Sr.

61 Victor Rodriguez OL 6-0 215 Sr.

62 Carlos Rodriguez OL 6-1 240 Sr.

63 Brian Roque OL 6-0 240 Jr.

65 Kendall Upshaw DL/OL 5-9 245 So.

66 Marquise Barber OT/DL 6-3 270 Sr.

70 Michael Brown OL/DL 6-3 340 So.

72 Micah Samuel DL/OL 6-3 280 Jr.

75 Akeem Davis DT 5-10 225 Sr.

80 Isaiah Wilson WR 5-11 155 So.

82 Reggie Douglas WR 5-11 180 Sr.

84 Kwame Crum WR 6-0 170 Jr.

85 Anthony Payne WR 5-10 170 Fr.

88 Perry Jones WR 5-10 160 Jr.

90 Anthony Davis DE 5-11 185 So.

98 Paul Taylor DE 6-4 180 Fr.

99 Devonte Smith DT 6-2 220 So.

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