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Galloway not returning after all

Tailback who hasn't played since middle school isn't in Citrus plans.

By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 3, 2002

INVERNESS -- Jamaal Galloway's brief flirtation with high school football appears to be over.

The Citrus junior did not report to practice Thursday, meaning he will not be a member of the team this year. Galloway missed workouts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. He could not be reached for comment, thus it isn't known why he decided not to play.

Galloway was a standout tailback for the Hurricanes in the spring, his first action on the field since middle school. He earned the starting job by shining in practice, and gained about 200 all-purpose yards in a jamboree against Springstead.

"He brought a lot of things to our offense," Citrus coach Larry Bishop said.

The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Galloway is considered the area's top basketball player. He twice has earned Times all-area honors and led the county in scoring last season.

In an interview with the Times in June, Galloway said he enjoyed playing football and planned to rejoin the squad in August. But he said, "I want to play basketball in college if I have the opportunity. ... Basketball is all I've been doing all summer."

Without Galloway at tailback, the 'Canes have turned to sophomore R.J. Cobb (5-8, 165), who was scheduled to start at fullback. Sophomore Courtney Henry (6-0, 190) is the likely starter at fullback.

"R.J. is just as shifty (as Galloway)," Bishop said. "He's real quick, he has great field vision and can find the holes. With the gains Courtney made this summer, he should be able to slide in at fullback."

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