Tuesday, July 29, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 44 Madison County

44. Madison County (Madison, Fla.)
Last season’s record: 13-1, Class 2A champion
Coach: Frankie Carroll
Key players: DT/OT Jacobbi McDaniel (6-1, 270, Sr.), RB Chris Thompson (5-9, 173, Sr.), RB Corey Akins (5-11, 195, Sr.), DB/WR Donteris Huggins (5-11, 178, Sr.), OT Justin Hood (6-2, 285, Sr.), LB Quanta Barfield (5-8, 160, Sr.), LB Cortez Akins (5-10, 185, Sr.)
Biggest strength: Experience
Question mark: QB
Outlook: Madison County has 17 returning starters, including two committed to play at nearby Florida State. Thompson ran for over 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior and added 170 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ turnover-plagued 24-19 spring game loss to Bayside. He is joined in the backfield by Corey Akins, who had more than 1,600 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns last year. McDaniel headlines a defense filled with talent and experience. He is a five-star recruit, according to rivals.com, after recording eight sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a junior. Linebackers Barfield and Cortez Akins each had over 100 total tackles. Huggins returns to the secondary where he was all-state in ’07 with five interceptions and two returned for touchdowns.
Toughest games: Sept. 5 vs. No. 46 Independence (N.C.), Oct. 31 vs. Godby

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