Focus 2005

One of the state's most versatile athletes could reside in the Big Bend, specifically Madison County. <b>Tyrone Weatherspoon</b> played a number of positions for the Cowboys last season, from wide receiver to quarterback to running back to cornerback. He's also an accomplished track athlete, finishing fifth in the state meet last year in the long jump, and is the starting point guard on the basketball team.

Madison County standout Tyrone Weatherspoon is soft-spoken and yes-sir, no-sir polite.

However, Weatherspoon makes plenty of noise on the football field for the Cowboys, who will be looking to earn a second consecutive state title appearance next year.

Weatherspoon, a 5-foot-11, 165-pounder, just might be one of the state's most versatile players.

While his favorite position is cornerback, Weatherspoon is ranked 124th by FloridaKids.us and listed as a wide receiver.

That's just fine with Weatherspoon.

"I think I am good at all positions and can help out where the coaches need me," Weatherspoon told TheTerritory Saturday afternoon.

"But my favorite is cornerback. I love to hit. We played a lot of man coverage and I just feel like a wide receiver is going to have a hard time getting by me."

Weatherspoon certainly keeps busy.

A starter at point guard on the basketball team, Weatherspoon also is double-dipping with the start of track practice. Weatherspoon finished fifth in the state last year in the long jump at 22 feet, 7 inches.

Weatherspoon also runs the 100 and 200 meters and has been clocked at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash.

"I am concentrating on getting faster and stronger and just help be a leader on my team," Weatherspoon.

Weatherspoon's father, Terry Johnson, has a track background and says the pair will concentrate on agility and quickness drills this summer.

"We are going to run the hills here and do a lot of leg training, stress agilities and speed," Johnson said.

Weatherspoon also has been invited to the NIKE Camp in May. He lists his favorite team as the Miami Hurricanes, though he attended five Florida State home games last season and says he's interested in the Seminoles.

Weatherspoon has received early interest from Iowa.

"He's an exceptional athlete," Madison County coach Frankie Carroll said.

Weatherspoon and the Cowboys also don't have to look very far for motivation. Madison County was shut out by Hollywood Chaminade 27-0 in the Class 2A state championship game at Florida Field last December.

"I learned you have to be ready all the time and never underestimate any team," Weatherspoon said. "You have to stay focused. They caught us off guard at times -- they were pulling their center on some plays, which really threw our linebackers off."

Weatherspoon, who will take the ACT for the first time in April, also says his prayers and thoughts are with teammate Jonathan Warren, an FSU-signee who had his scholarship revoked by the university on Friday following his arrest a day earlier.


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