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Mon. September 21, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Jeremy Shobe spent part of Monday morning checking e-mails and returning phone calls.

The Bulls' first-year coach sounded firm, ready to move on past Friday's 23-8 loss to Wesley Chapel. Anyone watching Wiregrass Ranch knows there are two huge concerns entering this week's game at Ridgewood.

First, running back Josh Johnson missed most of the first half against the Wildcats with whatShobe called a "mild concussion" he suffered against Zephyrhills.

Johnson, who had just two carries before halftime, had his biggest run in the second half - a 35-yard run to setup the Bulls' only touchdown.

Shobe spoke with Johnson on Monday.

"He's good to go," Shobe said. "...He's 100 percent."

But Johnson's absence made it clear the Bulls must develop depth in the backfield.

"You don't want to depend on one guy," Shobe said. "We didn't put (Johnson) in until almost halftime. He opened up the touchdown all the way down there. That opens the passing game, gives us more momentum. We have to have depth there."

Which brings Shobe to his second concern, the passing game. Quarterback James Tringali struggled throughout the night facing plenty of pressure and making poor decisions.

Several times, Tringali held the ball too ling resulting three sacks.

"He's going to have to take some hits some times," Shobe said. "He has to use his head. Our job as coaches is to make him feel comfortable."

Tringali was 5-of-12 for 38 yards and two interceptions. The performance could open up a battle with backup sophomore Johathon Economu.

Asked if Tringali will start, Shobe said, "I don't. We'll see how he does this week. We're not afraid to go with this other kid. We have to sit down as an offensive staff and figure out how to give more reps."

igould@sptimes.com

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