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Football preview: Durant


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 08:05 PM

Offensive line key to Cougars' hopes

Most coaches will say that games are won in the trenches. With an average height and weight of 6-foot-3 and 278 pounds on its offensive line, Durant is equipped to control the line of scrimmage with seniors Nick Insley, Cody Martin and Chris Powell. The trio helped pave the way for over 3,500 yards of total offense in 2012.

“They're big, nasty, physical guys,” Durant coach Mike Gottman said.

Powell, the largest of Durant's lineman, will also play defense. Martin was a Tribune All-County honorable mention last season.

“They have varsity experience and they're strong guys,” said Durant senior quarterback Trey Van De Grift. “It make it easier. I can keep my eyes down field.”

Supply

Running back

As a sophomore, Crispian Atkins rushed for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns as the second-leading rusher for the Cougars. Joining Atkins in the backfield will be senior transfer John Hendrix. Hendrix is a newcomer to Durant, but that doesn't mean the Cougars aren't aware of what he's capable of. As a junior at Newsome last season, Hendrix rushed for 798 yards and four touchdowns. Against Durant in the region semifinals last year, Hendrix rushed for 107 yards with one touchdown.

Quarterback

In his first year with Durant last year, Trey Van De Grift, a transfer from Strawberry Crest, threw for 1,014 yards with 12 touchdowns in the Cougars' run-first offense. Now in his second year, Van De Grift said he feels more comfortable and has built trust with his offensive line and receivers.

“I've gotten to know guys better,” he said. “I know them individually.”

Defensive lineman

Dontriel Perry, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was a valuable playmaker for the Cougars last season, finishing with 53 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. As a junior, Perry was selected to the Tribune All-County defensive second team.

Defensive Back

Gottman will rely on senior Gabe Brown to lead the secondary this season. He is the lone returning starter from last year's secondary and linebackers unit.

DEMAND

Experience

Durant went 10-0 in the regular season to win a district title and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Newsome. Unfortunately, many of the players who made that possible graduated.

Durant lost 16 players to graduation overall, including six of seven starters on defense and one of the top rushers in the county last season in Jamarlon Hamilton.

“We'll play a lot of junior varsity guys who are mostly inexperienced,” Gottman said. “We're going to be tested.”

SCHEDULE

Aug. 30: Armwood

Sept. 6: at Sickles

Sept. 12: Tampa Bay Tech

Sept. 20: at Plant City

Sept. 27: Gaither

Oct. 4: Strawberry Crest

Oct. 11: at Newsome

Oct. 18: Brandon

Oct. 25: at Hillsborough

Nov. 1: at East Bay

ROSTER

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Derek Wells K 5-11 160 Jr.

2 Chris Shaw DB 6-1 180 Jr.

3 Jalen Forte RB 5-8 155 So.

4 Kadarius Griffin RB 5-11 185 Jr.

5 Avery Walden RB 5-10 165 Jr.

6 Eric Davis DB 5-9 155 Jr.

7 Demetrius Brown LB 6-1 218 Sr. 9 Austin Resendez WR 5-11 160 So.

10 Anthony Valdez QB 6-0 155 So.

11 Steven Wichosky TE 6-2 190 Fr.

12 Trey Van De Grift QB 6-0 193 Sr.

14 Norman Carter QB 6-0 180 Jr.

15 Garrett Rentz WR 6-5 190 Jr.

17 Evan Moody DL 6-1 190 Sr.

20 Xavier Walden DB 5-10 160 So.

21 Brandon Loudermilk DB 6- 1 190 Jr.

22 Randy Pickford DB/WR 5- 11 160 So.

23 Zach Guido DB 5- 10 170 Sr.

24 John Hendricks RB/LB 6-0 210 Sr.

25 Jawun Green WR 5- 10 160 Jr.

26 Brody Gonzalez DB 5- 10 165 Sr.

27 Gabe Brown DB 5-10 175 Sr.

28 Crispian Atkins RB 5-7 190 Jr.

32 Anthony Grimaldi LB 5-7 180 Jr.

33 Kameron Joyce DL 6-2 250 Fr.

35 Dontriel Perry DE 6-4 250 Sr.

36 Rodney Ross DE 6-0 190 Jr.

40 Andrew Hampton LB 6-1 195 So.

44 Blake Moody LB 5-8 165 So.

45 Tanner Wimberly LB 6-0 185 Jr.

48 Logan Whitehouse DB 5-11 150 Jr.

49 Luccas Hanna DL 6-1 190 Sr.

50 Mason Bridges LB 6-0 155 Sr.

51 Justin Shillato DL 6-1 215 Jr.

52 D.J. Curry DL 6-0 200 Jr.

53 Garrett Waits OL 6-0 210 So.

55 Colin Kiehlmeier DL 6-3 225 Sr.

56 Cody Gregory LB 6-0 195 Jr.

57 Abraham Wilmore DL 6-0 185 Jr.

58 Dalton Spare OL 6-0 235 Jr.

59 Cody Martin OL 6-3 285 Sr.

60 Caleb Gude OL 6-0 260 Sr.

62 Alex Coughlin OL 6-0 250 So.

63 Enes Bulut DL 6-1 215 Jr.

66 Barry Morton DL 6-0 235 So.

67 Chris Phillips OL 6-0 250 Jr.

68 Nicholas Insley OL 6-4 245 Sr.

71 Jacob Thornton OL 5-9 200 Sr.

72 Matt Carroll DL 6-0 235 Sr.

74 Chris Powell DL 6-2 306 Sr.

76 Tyler Flack OL 6-0 270 Sr.

77 Zsalan Durant DL 6-0 300 Jr.

78 Brett Coleman OL 6-0 255 Jr.

80 Joe Williamson WR 6-4 208 Jr.

82 Anthony Celadon K/P 5-7 145 Sr.

84 Josh Perez WR 5-8 150 Jr.

85 Aaron Zofnas WR 6-2 175 So.

88 Clifford Martin DE 6-1 180 Jr.

89 Noe Salmeron K/P 5-10 155 Jr.

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