Rising junior Chivarsky Corbett, Tampa Catholic's starting quarterback the past two seasons, is leaving the squad to concentrate on basketball, Crusaders football coach Bob Henriquez confirmed Wednesday.
"He says he wants to specialize in basketball," Henriquez said. "Quarterback is not a part-time position so if he wants to pursue another sport, we'll just have to move on without him."
Last season, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound Corbett completed 60 of 121 passes for 798 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. As a freshman starter, Corbett threw for 998 yards, 11 TDs and one interception. He is currently playing AAU summer basketball with his club team.
To fill the void, Henriquez has a very capable candidate in last season's backup quarterback, rising senior Mitchell Norden.
But the competition for the Crusaders' starting quarterback job likely will increase with news the Panthers' JV starter last season, rising junior Kyle Ploucher, is transferring back to Tampa Catholic.
"He's left Plant under the most amicable of terms," Panthers coach Robert Weiner said of Ploucher's transfer. "He and his parents have thought it over and they believe he has a great opportunity at TC and wish him the best of luck."
Ploucher is awaiting the completion of his paperwork at TC before he starts summer conditioning with the Crusaders, Henriquez said. Ploucher played his freshman season on Tampa Catholic's junior varsity before switching to Plant last year.
With Ploucher leaving Plant and Weiner announcing that rising junior quarterback J.T. Faircloth will not play this fall to recover from nagging injuries, the battle for the starting spot on Plant's varsity is down to three: rising seniors Aaron Banks and Kyle Groh and rising junior Colby Brown, who was a starter last year at Orlando Olympia.