Courtney Denson Leads Team Into Playoffs

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Despite having to forfeit five games due to an ineligible player, Miami Central High School has made the Division 6A playoffs. Miami Central went undefeated before the forfeits, going 10-0 behind outstanding play from a number of players, with the most notable (at least for Virginia Tech fans) being quarterback Courtney Denson.

Denson is not tremendously big for a quarterback, as he is 6-1 and weighs 180 pounds. He is extremely fast, running around a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, and has a cannon for an arm – Denson can throw the football 65 yards in the air.

The senior quarterback has displayed his athletic ability and skill this season, throwing for 1,789 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushing for around 450 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, Denson is proud of his senior season.

“I think I did great [during the regular season],” said Denson.

While Denson is a burner who can break the big run, he is a passer first. He finished first in Dade County in passing during the regular season, an accomplishment he has wanted since the end of his junior year.

“This year I finished first in passing [in the county],” said Denson. “Last year I finished second, so this is big for me. I learned how to read defenses better this year.

“I want to throw first. I’m an athletic quarterback, so I’m more comfortable outside of the pocket. I like to throw on the run.”

Following his senior year in high school, Denson plans on taking his skills to Blacksburg. He committed to Virginia Tech in June of 2002. Considered a soft commitment at the time, Denson remains committed to the Hokies and has followed the team all season long.

“I have watched every game that has been on TV this year,” said Denson, who has earned around 28 scholarship offers, according to Central Head Coach Tony Saunders. “I’m still committed to Virginia Tech. I mean, I still haven’t made up my mind if I’m going to take other visits…I might take some visits to make sure.

“But I’m committed to Virginia Tech.”

Virginia Tech is the only school recruiting Courtney as a quarterback, which is one of the main reasons he committed, according to Saunders. He has already qualified for freshman eligibility. For the time being, however, Denson is looking forward to continuing his excellent play in the playoffs.

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