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By  //  October 27, 2012

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SPACE COAST SPORTS COVER STORY

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At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Cocoa Beach quarterback David Dessent has been a giant on the field for Cocoa Beach this season in both stature and performance. He has lead the Minutemen to a 6-1 record so far this season, completing 117 of 181 passes for 1,755 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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Through the first eight weeks of the season, Boone Lewis has been Dessent’s primary target this season with 40 receptions for 550 yards and 8 touchdowns. Jamaal Eveillard has 26 catches for 391 yards and 5 touchdowns, and Antoine Griffin has 25 receptions for 370 yards and 5 scores. Matt Riley has 12 grabs for 254 yards and 3 TDs.

Dessent is a college recruiter’s dream with a 3.7 grade-point average, which will give him the option of attending any college in the country.

“I’ll go where I get the best offer,” said Dessent, who was born in Fort Myers, moved to Kissimmee when he was three and settled in Cocoa Beach when he was in second grade.

“I’ve never wanted to play any other position since my stepfather (D.L. Houston) taught me how to throw,” Dessent said.

“It’s something to be able to go out and do what you love. I like being at quarterback and in control of things. I’ll take the criticism when I make mistakes or the praise when I do something well. Those are the ups and downs of being a quarterback. I remember when I was a little kid and I couldn’t throw the ball 10 yards. I’ve gotten used to the amount of pressure you put on yourself. Once you get used to that, you become confident in yourself and you don’t worry about making mistakes.”

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