“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
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Sousa had 151 yards passing but threw three interceptions. He was 9-of-24 and was hurried quite often by the University defense.
Sousa had 2 TDs through the air, and added an 8-yarder on the ground (on 9 carries for 67 yards, according to what he told Tom), but two of those picks were true Stanziballs:
...things appeared to get to Sousa after that as the senior Michigan commitment threw back-to-back interceptions that Johnnie Griffin and Jachary Baldwin each ran in for touchdowns.
This was University's first win on the year, so Lake Nona is still very bad. Sousa clearly doesn't have much help around him.
Kevin Sousa 2010
This week: Lake Nona hosts Sebring on Friday at 7:30.
MI WR Shawn Conway
Last Week: Seaholm fell to Detroit Country Day 21-28. Conway tweaked his ankle covering a punt early in the game, and Seaholm's starting QB was also out. These factors, along with the weather, limited his production, though he still did some stuff through the air. I was there, so enjoy the (mostly unedited) highlights:
And the scouting report: Don't be too alarmed by the defensive play where Kenny Knight (#8 on Country Day, considering Minnesota and others) ran right by him. It was the play immediately after the ankle injury - probably why DCD decided to test him - and Conway fell for a pump-fake. He won't be playing defense at the next level, so it isn't much of a concern.
Offensively, the backup QB for the Maples couldn't throw a bubble screen to save his life, and those are typically a pretty big part of the Seaholm offense (and Conway's involvement in it). He did get chewed out on the sidelines by head coach Chris Fahr (his stepdad) for giving up on routes during the game, so with a 100% effort, he might have had a bit more success.
In all, this definitely wasn't his best performance (it's a shame this had to be the one Rod Smith and Tony Dews saw in person), but there are enough reasons to explain it, so I don't think it's anything to worry about. I would also point out that Country Day has five or six Division-1 prospects over the next couple classes, whereas Seaholm has... one. Conway was a big part of the Maples even staying in this game.
"I told some people if it appears it's shady out there Thursday night, it's because of this lineman," said [Abilene coach Steve] Warren of the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Michigan commitment. "He's the biggest person I've ever seen. Why doesn't he just go on to the NFL instead of Michigan? He's huge."
The game didn't go so well for the Panthers, as they fell 17-27. It was on ESPNU, so I got a chance to watch. The story on Posada remains the same: he's massive, but will need to work on his conditioning before he's able to contribute at the next level.
This week: Plant takes on Riverview at home on Friday night.
The Little Giants even came together early Friday night, racing to a 7-0 lead on Greg Brown's 85-yard touchdown reception on Ross's first offensive play. Wolf skied a pass to Benedictine's 45-yard line, Brown reeled it in and then raced to the end zone for the game's first points...
Fremont head coach Derek Kidwell said, "Greg Brown started the game off well for us."
The proprietor of the Fremont Ross Forum blog mentioned Brown's TD:
From the first quarter when Tyler Wolf hit Greg Brown on an 85 yard TD pass to the runback of a fumble by JJ Moreno in the fourth quarter, Ross was hitting on all cylinders last night.
This week: The Little Giants host University School on Saturday night.
If we get some of the other CB's we're looking at in this class, any chance Greg Brown moves to offense and plays in the slot? If we get Dallas Crawford, we'll have 6 CB's over 2 classes, and it sounds like Brown is a pretty good receiver too. Considering we probably won't bring in a slot in this class, and we brought in one (Dileo) the class before, might this be a good allocation of talent?
I read some stuff that Brown may grow into a free safety (Cam Gordon's position). If so, Brown and Walls (who I'd expect to end up in our class if season goes well) should satisfy our safety recruiting ineeds. That would leave Hollowell and Crawford as pure CB prospets, which is fine by me.
Excited to see Beyer in maize and blue, he sounds like he is a high-end motor player that goes all out. Posada I think will be pretty decent once he gets here and starts working with Barwis. A redshirt year is probably a guarantee for him.
Hoping to reel in Crawford and Frost for the defense. Another LB at least is a must IMO for this class. Of course, I am waiting like everyone else for Dee to commit.
Thanks for the update Tim. Good news from some of our commits.
“What the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve and those who stay will be champions.” - Bo
Posada seemed a little faster and a little better-conditioned last year. I think he has the potential to be beast at Michigan after he gets sufficiently Barwis-ized.
As for Plant, they have reached a year where "reloading" is more like a rebuilding year. They have spoiled everyone around here so much since they won their first championship with Marve that everyone expects them to have plenty of bodies ready to fill holes caused by graduation. This is probably the worst they have looked in five years, or at least since the first Armwood game a couple of years ago. But it still might be enough if they get hot in the playoffs. In Florida, only your district games count for playoff standings, and a lot of teams get in.
They could make it to a rematch of the exhibition with Manatee. They are pretty good at revenge games within the same season. But they sure have looked terrible on national TV.
I know we are talking about HS kids here so no disrespect to either program, but man it would be awesome to have Sousa and Conway on the same team, since they each provide what the other seems to be searching for on his own squad - a good receiver for Sousa and a good passer for Conway.
you think he's going to end up a 4-star with a higher rating by season's end? i have only heard great things about him from friends who have seen him in person, and with that incredible size you'd think he would have a higher rating
With his quarterback play, it's unlikely he'll have big enough stats to move up to a 4-star. I certainly think he has the potential to do it on his own merits, but the recruiting sites probably won't have an opportunity to see it.