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Scouting the 2013 Gavit Gladiators Football Team

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013 Gavit Gladiators Football Team nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:00 am

Gavit Gladiators

Inside the Gladiators

Last season: 3-6

Returning starters: 9 (4 offense, 5 defense)

Returning offensive leader

Name, Yr., Pos. (stats).

Returning defensive leader

Name, Yr., Pos. (stats).

Everybody's All-American

Andre Rhea, Sr., OL/DL. The senior benches 365 and can run a 5.0 40. He's so big and tough that the Gladiators can't find anyone else on the roster to line up against him. "He fits a need for a lot of colleges coaches," coach Robert Robinson said. "He's a 300-pounder who can move so well."

He's got next

Ashton Jennings, So., RB/OLB; Dontae Adams, Jr., RB/DB. Jennings is tough and quick, even so young. Adams returns after a year away at Morton. The pair make for a tough backfield.

The Times' breakdown

Quarterback Tashon Rogers has rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a starter and he's back for his fourth year. The experience at the signal-calling position is huge as Gavit has been on the precipice of lasting success for each of those four years. The leaders have changed this season, bringing along younger players, including a talented sophomore class. "We are loaded in the skill positions in terms of younger players," Robinson said. "We have good leadership in the skill positions and the sophomore and freshman classes loaded with special athletes." Those athletes will make up the core of what Rogers and his fellow seniors have been chasing. A 3-6 record last season was disappointing, but a return to powerful offensive line could be the change Gavit needs.

-- Hillary Smith

 

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