4A No. 7: Kimball combines youth, experience

May, 12, 2011
Football's a year-round sport in Texas, so we're rolling out our spring rankings.
NO. 10
5A: SGP Video  | 4A: Mes. Poteet
NO. 9
5A: Garland | 4A: Lancaster
NO. 8
5A: Plano Video  | 4A: Newman Smith
NO. 7
5A: DeSoto | 4A: Dallas Kimball
NO. 6
5A: Coppell | 4A: Liberty Video
NO. 5
5A: SL Carroll | 4A: Everman
NO. 4
5A: Cedar Hill | 4A: Wylie
NO. 3
5A: Skyline | 4A: Highland Park
NO. 2
5A: Eul. Trinity Video | 4A: Den. Ryan
NO. 1
5A: Allen Video | 4A: Aledo
ESPNDallas.com counts down the top area football teams in our spring rankings.


Spring game: 7 p.m. May 25 at Jones Field

Coach: Carlton Nelson

2010 record: 9-3, 6-1 in District 11-4A (champions)

2010 playoffs: Lost in Division I area round to Wylie, 42-14.

Returning starters: 7 on offense; 5 on defense

Key losses: LB Zackary Mays, WR Austin Franklin, DL Isiah Norton, DB Kenneth Lynn, OL DeMario Jackson

Key returnees: DT Justin Manning, QB Traveon Thibodeaux, RB Teriyon Gipson, OL Victor Howell, WR Xzavier Alexander, DE Andre Carter, DB Chris Jones, OL Lester Wormly, DE Joshua Matthews, LB Brandon Hines

Key newcomers: OL Edward Victorian, RB/DB Deonta Jenkins

[+] EnlargeTeriyon Gipson
Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comTeriyon Gipson rushed for more than 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Overview: Entering his second year as Kimball’s coach, Nelson will go through his first spring session with the Knights. ... Kimball’s 11-4A title team from 2010 got very strong contributions from underclassmen, including what looks like a stellar to-be junior class. ... QB Thibodeaux (1,977 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, just four interceptions) and RB Gipson (1,166 yards, 13 touchdowns) return for their junior seasons, and Nelson has high expectations for them in 2011. ... DT Manning received 11-4A’s sophomore of the year award in 2010. He is the younger brother of former Kimball standout DT DeMarcus Granger. ... Nelson expects his team to be good on both lines as the majority returns to each unit and each has elite talent. … Linebacker is a position Nelson hopes to shore up in spring after Mays, 11-4A’s defensive MVP in 2010, graduated.

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews covers north Metroplex high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He covered high school sports for four years at the Denton Record-Chronicle. Andrews is a graduate of UNT.



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