Posted: 8:25 pm Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Tanner Redish returns, J.T. Thornton out for Glades Day semifinal 

By Jeff Greer

Glades Day quarterback Tanner Redish (collarbone) has been cleared to play in Friday’s state semifinal against Lakeland-Victory Christian by doctors. Defensive back and Illinois commit J.T. Thornton, however, is done for the season.

Redish broke his collarbone in his team’s 42-21 loss to King’s Academy one month ago. After seeing the doctor days after his injury, Redish said he was done for the season. His recovery caught everyone by surprise, but Glades Day will happily take back its starting quarterback.

Glades Day coach Pete Walker said he and his staff would monitor Redish throughout the week to make sure he’s prepared to their satisfaction. He is healthy enough to play, but the coaches want to make sure he’s ready. Backup John Barr finished the King’s game and started three contests in Redish’s place, going 9 of 18 for 168 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Glades Day called one passing play against Jupiter Christian on Friday night, and Barr was sacked before he could look down field.

Meanwhile, Thornton’s status wasn’t as iffy. The 6-foot, 165-pound senior, who is No. 27 on the Big Board, originally thought he’d return after four weeks. Thornton said he felt fine, but Walker and Thornton’s doctors disagreed. The Illinois coaching staff also told Thornton to rest.

“JT is out for the season,” Walker said. “He’s done … It is (disappointing). He’s a very good defensive back and a very good cover guy. But you know, the next man will step up. That’s the way we have to do it. We’ve held our own the last couple weeks and we have to continue to improve with the guys we’ve got in there.”