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County's leading receiver to sit out


© St. Petersburg Times, published August 22, 2000

He has made several recruiting lists this season -- usually as a wide receiver from Largo.

However, David Newton does not attend Largo High and apparently won't be playing football this fall.

Newton was the county's leading receiver with Largo in 1999, making 32 receptions for 726 yards (22.7 average) and 6 touchdowns, and he was a Times first-team all-Suncoast selection.

Newton left Largo after football season and transferred to Pinellas Park for the spring semester.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder played football for the Patriots in the spring, but he no longer is with the team. Pinellas Park coach James Adams said Newton is academically ineligible.

Adams said because Newton hasn't been to practice since fall drills began Aug. 7, he will not play for the Patriots even if he gains eligibility.

"Right now, he's ineligible," Adams said. "He came by (before fall practice began) and got his paperwork, his insurance and permission forms, and he said he was going to night school to get his grades straightened out.

"But I haven't heard from him," the coach said. "He hasn't come to practice. He's not going to be on the team."

Newton played in the Patriots' spring jamboree quarters against Osceola and Lakewood but didn't make a catch.

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