STADIUM: Titan Stadium, 6410 Orient Road, Tampa CLASS-DISTRICT: 7A-7 (with Freedom, Gaither, Sickles, Steinbrenner, and Wiregrass Ranch) COACH: Jayson Roberts (16-7, third season) LAST SEASON: 7-4
Fullwood leads talented Titan playmakers
There’s no short supply of athletes at the skill position. And to talk about TBT’s skill players, one has to start with senior Tajee Fullwood.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver/defensive back verbally committed to South Florida during the summer, choosing the hometown Bulls over programs like Ohio State, Florida Sate and Vanderbilt.
“Tajee is another guy who can do it all,” Roberts said. “He can take away half of the field as a cornerback. As a receiver, if he’s not double teamed, we’re throwing it to him every time.”
Fullwood, who last season had 23 tackles with three interceptions and seven pass deflections, is the marquee guy in the secondary.
“Our DBs are guys with height,” Fullwood said. “I’m 6-2, another guy is 6-2 and two at 6-1.”
Senior Deon Thompson, who rushed for a team-high nine touchdowns last season, can not only be used in short yardage, but can catch out of the backfield and use his speed on the outside.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back, who is being recruited by a handful of Division I programs, was the second-leading rusher for the Titans last season with 587 yards.
“He can do it all,” Tampa Bay Tech coach Jayson Roberts said. “Run, catch and run in and outside.”
Led by senior Fred Russ, who is committed to Florida International University, and senior Jalen Woodall, Roberts said, “You’ll be pressed to find a bigger unit (in this county).
“We average well over 200 pounds at linebacker,” Roberts said.
Russ had a team-high 86 tackles last season while Woodall had 61. Senior Micah Tucker can play both defensive end and linebacker depending on the formation on the field.
Last season as a sophomore, Deon Cain threw for 1,645 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the Titans to the playoffs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, the junior is able to defeat defenses with his arm and speed.
“He’s just a freakish athlete,” Roberts said. “USF wants him as a quarterback and FSU likes him as a receiver. I heard he went to Friday Night Lights at the University of Florida and was the best receiver there.”
No more one and done
Since 2008, the Titans have been eliminated in the second round of the state playoffs and last year, Tampa Bay Tech lost in the Class 7A region quarterfinal to Durant. The program is 4-7 overall in the postseason.
“We’re trying to get out of the second round of the playoffs,” Roberts said. “That’s been our hurdle the last four years as a team.”