Posted: 6:25 pm Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Two of Dwyer’s biggest stars will play through injuries in Saturday’s Class 4A state championship game against Niceville at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett hurt his right foot when a defensive player landed on it during Friday’s win over Seffner-Armwood. Brissett spent yesterday’s practice on crutches while sophomore Bobby Puyol took first-team reps, but Brissett was able to practice today. He said he will be ready to start Saturday.
Defensive end Curt Maggitt has been hampered by a torn labrum in his left shoulder since the Panthers’ Week 5 win over Atlantic. Maggitt hurt himself trying to block a punt and said the injury has limited his effectiveness this year. He has been forced to rely more on his speed than his ability to outmuscle blockers.
Click here for an article on Maggitt by The Post’s Joe Kairalla.
Maggitt, a junior, has tried to ignore the pain because he feels Dwyer is looking at a rare opportunity for a title this year.
“I think we’ve got one of the greatest chances to win state and I just love the game,” he said. “I think Coach (Jack Daniels) deserves a state championship more than anything.”
Maggitt will start Saturday, as he has throughout the playoffs, but said he will probably need surgery after the season and is likely to miss spring practices. The recovery schedule for that surgery is typically three months, but Daniels said he does not expect to see Maggitt on the field in May.
Spring usually is an important time in the recruiting process for rising juniors, but Maggitt already has established a reputation as one of the area’s elite defensive ends and already has offers from many BCS programs.
“I probably won’t play spring, but it doesn’t really matter,” he said.