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'Round the County in 30 Days: Robinson

A team-by-team look at Hillsborough County spring football:

By Keith Niebuhr, Times Correspondent
Published May 6, 2007


'Round the County in 30 Days

A team-by-team look at Hillsborough County spring football:

Robinson

Coach: Mike DePue (fourth season, 28-15)

2006 record: 5-5

District opponents: Jesuit, Palmetto, Sarasota Booker, Spoto

Jamboree date/opponent: May 17 vs. Jefferson (at Blake)

Who's gone: LB Ben Campbell, OL Carl Davis, RB Jermaine Doster, WR/DB Greg Ellingson, FB Alex Schiweitz

Who's back: C Josue Bonilla, DB Andrew Hall, QB Justin Le, LB Ellis St. John, DB Imani Wade

What's new: The Knights picked up a solid addition during the offseason when Daryel Scott, a defensive back, transferred to Robinson from perennial state power Miami Northwestern. DePue calls Scott a physically gifted athlete with great potential. His services will be greatly needed because Robinson simply doesn't have a lot of depth. That's the bad news. The good news is that the players the Knights do have are, as usual, pretty good. Le passed for more than 1, 500 yards last season and figures to be one of the county's best signal callers this fall. Under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Rob Burns, Le has become a legitimate college prospect. Ellingson, who is headed to Florida International, was Le's top target and replacing him won't be easy. Defensively, the Knights have a solid group of athletic defensive backs who should give opposing quarterbacks plenty of trouble. Because Robinson is low on numbers, staying healthy will be imperative.

Audibles: "Depth is an issue. But we always feel like our frontline kids can play with anybody." - DePue

Did you know? Bonilla isn't just a hard-nosed center and anchor of the line; he has been elected president of the 2008 senior class.

Schedule: Aug. 24: Tampa Catholic (kickoff classic); Aug. 31: Alonso; Sept. 7: at Jefferson; Sept. 14: Leto; Sept. 21: Jesuit; Sept. 28: at Newsome; Oct. 5: at Palmetto; Oct. 12: King; Oct. 19: Open; Oct. 26: Sarasota Booker; Nov. 2: at Spoto; Nov. 9: at Plant

Keith Niebuhr, Times Correspondent