FlaVarsity.com Football Analyst
FlaVarsity Football Analyst John Patton (follow him @FVStaff on Twitter) and staff continue to break down the FlaVarsity Top 25 Pre-season poll. Here’s our No. 9.
WHO: Tallahassee Lincoln Trojans
2011 REWIND:The Trojans’ offense finished the 2011 season rolling, scoring 62, 52, 48, 54, 55, 41 and 35 points, respectively, in the final seven games of the regular season. Playing at home in the first round of the FHSAA Class 7A playoffs, Lincoln put up 29, but unfortunately for the Trojans, visiting Orange Park Fleming Island scored 39, ending the 2010 4A champs’ season at 9-2 and earlier than LHS expected.
TOUGH TO BELIEVE: Amazing stat: the Trojans turned the ball over all of three times in 2011 – two interceptions and one fumble.
BY THE NUMBERS: Counting its two losses, Lincoln outscored opponents by more than three touchdowns-a-game in 2011, averaging 39.1 points while allowing 17.2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH : Sr. LB James Hearns, Sr. WR Reggie Davis, Sr. WR Taj Williams, Sr. WR Myles Gaines, Sr. OL Dakota Deyent, Sr. QB Cameron Joseph, Sr. DE Jonathan Mason, Sr. OL Andrew Laubach, Sr. OL Chole Sims, Sr. DB Ben Robinson, Sr. DB Cameron Lang, Sr. WR Jamerson Blount, Sr. DE Markarius Riggins, Jr. DB Kendall Randolph, Jr. PK Brian Crews, Jr. LB Travis Hearns, Jr. DB Tuson Young, Jr. LB Jeff Williams, Soph. DT Keyshawn Johnson, Soph. LB Quentez Gallon, Soph. ATH Greg Fishburn, Soph. ATH John Burt, Soph. DT Sam Branton, Soph. OL Tarrick Thomas, Fr. ATH Korey Charles
OUTLOOK: This team is loaded with talent, including a trio of 4-star Class of 2013 prospects in Hearns (a Florida commitment), Davis (Georgia) and Williams (scholarship offers from Alabama, South Carolina, South Florida, UF, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, USC and many others).
Technically, Lincoln has only four offensive and five defensive starters returning from the 2011 team. However, the Trojans had the luxury of playing a ton of players in lopsided games last year. And truthfully, many of LHS’s reserves were better than the starters on the opposition.
Perhaps the Trojans’ biggest strengths are in their overall depth, including an offensive line that could feature three Division I signees next February and a receiving corps that could have four (this, after losing 2012 graduate Raphael Andrades to UF).
FOUR GAMES OF FOCUS: Pensacola (8/30), Covington (La.) St. Paul (9/7), @Ocala Forest (11/2), @Tallahassee Godby (11/8)