TAMPA — Robert Mosley is a two-sport athlete who could have a choice to make as to which sport he would want to play in college. The Chamberlain senior offensive lineman qualified for the state wrestling meet as a sophomore and junior, and he said wrestling has helped him tremendously on the football field.
“I used to have a problem with hand placement and wrestling helped me with my hand placement,” Mosley said.
Mosley didn’t go out for football until his freshman year at Chamberlain. He has grown into a leader and said that he has tried to become more vocal on the offensive line.
“We have to make sure we are all communicating. Communication is the key. It can save you,” Mosley said.
Chamberlain head coach Cam Jones said he has noticed the confidence Mosley has gained over the years. The Chiefs will need that confidence as they attempt to make the playoffs out of one of the most difficult districts in the state.
“We can taste the playoffs,” Mosley said.
Mosley said he would like to play football and wrestle in college, if possible. Marshall and FAU have looked at Mosley for football, and he said Appalachian State has talked to him about doing both.
Opponents this season will have to contend with Mosley no matter what the score is.
“I’m dedicated and I’m in this for the long haul no matter what the record is,” Mosley said.
Some of the key playmakers from last season’s squad graduated, including Dakarai Highsmith. This year, the Chiefs will look to rely more on depth and their passing attack to move the ball.
“We still want to get the ball to our playmakers,” coach Cam Jones said. “We have had a change in philosophy compared to last year.”
This summer, Chamberlain had a quarterback battle between Seth Jordan and Reggie Wester. Whichever player is under center full time will look to lead a potentially potent passing game.
“We have a great chance to lead the county in passing,” Jones said.
Chamberlain had a sneaky-good unit last season that allowed only 17 points a game. Some of the core of that defense graduated, but the Chiefs do have Lee Martin, DJ Daniels and Daren Baker ready to step up and fill the void.
“Some of the younger kids are getting called upon,” Jones said.
Chamberlain also will have some different looks compared to last year. Look for the Chiefs to mix in a 3-4, 4-2-5 and a 3-stack look.
“We will play a little more man-to-man. We will have 1-high safety more often vs. 2-high,” Jones said.
Jones was hired only weeks before last season started. With a depleted roster, the Chiefs still won four games and almost pulled off two of the biggest upsets of the year — against Hillsborough and Jefferson (22-21 and 28-24 losses, respectively).
Even though the Chiefs are still in the same difficult district, the close losses last year gave Chamberlain a taste of what it could become. This year, there is no backing down from any challenge.
“We want to make the playoffs. I don’t think that is too lofty for us,” Jones said.
♦ About The Chiefs
Stadium: John Adcock Stadium, 9401 North Blvd., Tampa
Class-District: 6A-8 (with Armwood, Blake, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Lennard and Robinson)
Coach: Cam Jones (4-6, second season)
Last season: 4-6
Aug. 29: at Gaither
Sept. 5: Leto
Sept. 12: at Lennard
Sept. 19: King
Sept. 26: Brandon
Oct. 2: at Blake
Oct. 10: Hillsborough
Oct. 17: at Robinson
Oct. 24: Jefferson
Oct. 31: at Armwood