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2015 Team Preview – Simon Gratz (12)

Written by: on Sunday, August 16th, 2015. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Erik Zipay simon_gratz_a

Assistant Coaches: Ryan Flanagan, Eli Taylor, Kendell Coleman, Jamal Edwards, Keith Jones, Chris Rhone, Antione Bland,

Team Name: Simon Gratz Bulldogs

2014 Record: 10-2

2015 Team Schedule

Key loses: Musa Al-Sumani, Shawn Williams, Nick Brown

Offensive Starters Returning: (10)  Everyone is Back Except Starting QB
1. G – Raquan Thomas (6’ 4” 350 lbs, Sr)

2. G– Charlie Timite (6’4” 275 lbs, SR)

3. T– Cameron Brown (6’ 3” 285 lbs, SR)

4. C – Clifton Mariney (6’ 1” 305 lbs SR)

5. T – Kaiden Crawford (6’ 4” 275 lbs)

6. RB/Ath – Amir Lewis (5’ 11” 180 JR)

7. Ath – Javon Whitfield (5’ 10” 175 , Sr) 3 Year Starter

8. RB– Luke White (5’ 9” 170 lbs, Sr) 2 Year Starter

9. WR/TE– Kenneth Bennett (6’ 2” 195 lbs, JR)

10. WR – CJ Hall (6’ 1” 170 SR)

 

Defensive Starters Returning: (10)
1. DT – Raquan Thomas (6’ 4” 350 lbs, Sr)

2. DE/DT – Charlie Timite (6’4” 275 lbs, SR)

3. DT – Cameron Brown (6’ 3” 285 lbs, SR)

4. MLB – Shawn Jenkins (6’ 1” 235 lbs, SR)

5. DB– Kenneth Bennett (6’ 2” 195 lbs, JR)

6. DE – Steve Reynolds (6’ 3” 190 lbs Soph)

7. LB – Rashad Hawkins (5’ 11” 220 lbs SR)

8. DB – Samir Thomas (5’ 6” 160 SR)

9. LB – Messiah Hurst – (5’ 11” 180 SR)

10. DE – CJ Hall (6’ 1” 170 SR)

 

Key Newcomers:

1. RB/LB – Rahmir Johnson SR (5’ 11” 195)

2. OLine/Dline Amir Blaylock SR (6’1” 285)

3. RB/DB Quasha Carter JR (5’ 8” 170)

4. LB/DB Brendan Reyes SR (6’ 175)

 

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: (Based off of Guys that Have Received Offers or Interest from that Level)
1. T/Dt – Raquan Thomas (6’ 4” 350 lbs, Sr) 3 Year Starter – Offers From Temple

2. G/DE – Charlie Timite (6’4” 275 lbs, SR) 2 Year Starter

3. T/DT – Cameron Brown (6’ 3” 285 lbs, SR) 3 Year Starter

4. MLB – Shawn Jenkins (6’ 1” 235 lbs, SR) 4 Year Starter

5. DB/WR – Kenneth Bennett (6’ 2” 195 lbs, JR) 2 Year Starter

6. Ath – Javon Whitfield (5’ 10” 175 , Sr) 3 Year Starter

7. RB/DB – Luke White (5’ 9” 170 lbs, Sr) 2 Year Starter

8. RB/LB – Rahmir Johnson (5’ 11” 195 lbs) 1st Year Starter

9. OLine/Dline Amir Blaylock SR (6’1” 285)

10. RB/Ath – Amir Lewis (5’ 11” 180 JR)

Twitter: @sgb_football

 

2015 Outlook: We should be one of the top teams in District 12 4A with the talent and experience that we return – It is up to the players to make sure that potential is pushed.

Offense: Our Offense at times this year should be flat out dominate – due to the size and experience we have upfront – we return 5 starters and have two other guys that are sure to get time.

We also return Two RB’s in White & Lewis that can take one to the house from anywhere – with the addition of some younger guys working hard and Rahmir Johnson returning to his neighborhood school I am very confident in our skill guys.

Defense: Again with us returning so many kids after a productive 2014 season I have confidence that we should be able to control the LOS and make plays on the defensive side of the ball – Shawn Jenkins has been starter for us since 9th Grade and I expect him to continue to be a leader and dominate from the MLB position.

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