By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published August 30, 2001
One of the Tigers' biggest concerns is filling the hole left by the graduation of three-year starting quarterback Geremy Crouch. However, that situation has been helped by the addition of senior Alex Harvey, who transferred from Ocala Forest at the beginning of last year.
Harvey, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in limited duty last year, has the size (6 feet 3, 205 pounds) coaches look for in quarterbacks and is expected to contribute right away.
That said, for the Tigers to be successful, the running game will have to carry the bulk of the offensive load. Dunnellon will go with a rotation of as many as five running backs, with seniors Donny Roof and Daniel Gonzalez leading the way. Roof was one of the Tigers' best performers last season and could see time at a number of positions, including fullback, halfback and wingback.
Kristen Bullock and Jay Dow will share the duties at fullback.
Though the Tigers aren't a passing team, coach Perry Brown will go to the air to keep defenses from stacking up against the run. When he makes that decision, look for senior Daniel Ramp, a solid possession receiver, to get the call most of the time. Sophomore Eric Cox and seniors Chris Anderson and Mark Siegel will also see time at wide receiver.
Like most teams in the area, Dunnellon doesn't have the luxury of platooning its players. Therefore, many of the major contributors on offense also play large roles on defense.
Steven Mack is a prime example.
The leader of the Tigers' offensive line will also be the leader of Brown's multiple defense and will be moved around to take advantage of matchups. Paul Blickenderfer (5-11, 270) and Cason Love will also see time at defensive tackle while Kent Jensen and William Tidwell look to be the starters at the two end positions.
The line is complemented by a solid group of linebackers, which includes Henry Cannon (inside), senior Sammy Long, Frank York, Dow and Chris Anderson.
"I feel like we have a pretty good group there," Brown said.
"We're not real fast, but all of them are pretty good hitters. They also have decent strength and size and they hustle."
Brown will use as many as five players at defensive back, including Cox, Ramp, Bullock, Roof and Gonzalez in an effort to keep his two-way players as fresh as possible.
Special teams will not be a strength for Dunnellon with the absence of a natural kicker and T.J. Watts on returns.
Roof or Mack could end up with the punting duties while Roof and Cannon will vie for the placekicker's spot.