Bloomingdale High senior Sean Minnifield knows the Bulls may be absent among the talk of Hillsborough County's top football teams, but he's used to being overlooked.
The 5-foot-4, 140-pound wide receiver said he's used to opponents looking past a key offensive player of his size and he said he hopes it continues. Last season, the Bulls didn't find much success in the win column, but the quick and elusive Minnifield took advantage of being overlooked, hauling in 40 passes on the year.
"I've never had a problem playing like I'm 6-4 or even 6-8," Minnifield said. "I'm not worried about anybody. They are going to be bigger than me and try to intimidate me, but I'm not having any of that."
Last season, Minnifield was a nice complement to then-senior Donny Suchan's ability to stretch the field, but now, according to Minnifield, it's his chance to shine. This is a role coach John Booth said his senior is more than ready to take on.
"You look at Sean and you think there is nothing that jumps off of the page," Booth said. "But I wouldn't trade him for any other receiver in the county. He is our leader on offense with a work ethic that at the highest level every single day."
Bloomingdale, in a four-team district with Alonso, Plant and Wharton this season, has only made the playoffs once in 24 seasons (2008 when the team was 6-5).
"I believe our team can do anything," Minnifield said. "People are going to look past us and that's a mistake. I hope everybody makes that mistake."
Bloomingdale's offense will continue to be pass, focused behind junior Cody Crouse, but Booth said a shift from four-wide to more two tight end sets will give the passing game more balance. For Minnifield, the shift may mean less passes the senior's way, but he said he plans to make his chances count in his final high school season.
"There might be a few less chances for me this year," Minnifield said. "But if this helps the team win, I'm fine with that. I know I'm not going to be overlooked."