By JAMAL THALJI
© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 30, 2001
WESLEY CHAPEL -- The Wildcats don't have a quarterback controversy. Instead, Wesley Chapel has a quarterback glut.
Behind starting senior Spencer Honeycutt is veteran junior backup Chase Polston. But former junior varsity starter Corey Filley, a sophomore, has been pushing Polston for that role.
Behind all of them is junior Luis Ros, who the coaching staff is trying out at the position.
Four quarterbacks? Some teams can barely scrape up a backup.
But it's just emblematic of the rich depth, talent and numbers the Wildcats will boast this season.
Wesley Chapel can field entire first- and second-team units on offense and defense. That's what a varsity roster of 47 players can do for a team.
That's also how coach John Castelamare is able to make sure four quarterbacks get their fair share of reps in practice.
And when he says depth, he doesn't just mean bodies.
"I've never had a team where the No. 1 players and the No. 2 players were so close together," Castelamare said.
"If something happens to a starter, then we're confident that the backup can step in there without a drop-off."
And it's not just at quarterback. At tailback, Greg Harrison, Chris Roberts and Marcus Stewart are vying for the starting job.
Ask Castelamare who his starters are and the coach has to explain that this player and that player are close to starting, and could be starting given a few games.
It helps that many players excel going both ways.
Harrison, Roberts and Stewart are all major contributors on defense. Polston is a starting defensive end, Filley could break into the starting lineup at quarterback, and Ros' true position is linebacker.