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Sands, Morrill and Held on radio

The final week of spring football practice across the state, and the Maroone High School Gridiron Report gets into the trenches on "Broward County Night" this Thursday.

Larry Blustein will welcome in former St. Thomas Aquinas, University of Kansas and pro running back Tony Sands, Cardinal Gibbons head coach Mike Morrill and South Broward head coach Allen Held to the show between 8-9 p.m. on WQAM (560 AM).

In addition, we urge your phone calls to report any scores you may have on a very busy Thursday night across the state.

"Tuxedo Tony" Sands always wore a tuxedo during his days as a student.

Sands played bigger than the 5-foot-6, 175 pound frame he put into that tux.

Today, he is still active in the game. As a professional trainer, he helps to teach proper nutrition, maximizes workouts and stays close to the sport.

On Friday, June 3, at Mullens Park in Coral Springs, Sands will be a huge part of the "Friday Night Youth Football Camp & Combine", which is open to youth football players 11-14. He and Ken Mastrole (Passing Academy) along with 12 high school coaches will introduce them to a true high school camp/combine experience.

Sands set or tied 17 Kansas rushing or scoring records during his career, including most yards in a game (396), in a season (1,479) and in a career (3,788). Sands was named the 1991 Big Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

During his four years at KU, Sands had 17 games where he rushed for 100 or more yards.

He was selected for the All Big Eight first team and earned a place on the Associated Press's All American third team his senior year.

Sands had what was considered his greatest game during in his final home game against Missouri. That's when he had 58 carries for 396 yards, establishing an NCAA single-game record (which has since been broken).

At Cardinal Gibbons, the tradition of top football players and teams goes back several decades. While winning is always important, developing quality student athletes has always been a priority.

This was a spring where Morrill and his staff had to fill holes and create depth. A productive spring saw his Chiefs find some new playmakers for the upcoming season.

When it comes to football, many have learned that beating St. Thomas Aquinas, when it does happen, will not be very often. All Held and his South Broward coaches and players want is just one win over the Raiders. One simple win will do for a team that has spent the last decade under the thumb of one of the nation's elite teams.

While he has learned to deal with it, Held has also found a way to develop talent and get them to colleges and universities across the nation. With Kevin Grooms headed off to the University of Miami, he has accomplished that along with posting 19 wins the past two years while finishing second the Raiders.

You can listen to the show live - streaming - at www.wqam.com or archived at sfhighschoolsports.com.