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Tue. August 16, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando's own T.O. was on display at Tuesday's practice.

Senior receiver/safety Terrence Owens made a series of highlight-reel catches for the Leopards. On an underthrown pass in 7-on-7 drills, he adjusted back and snagged the ball.

Moments later, he made a double move to snare a fade over a defensive back. He followed that up with the play of the day. Owens sprinted down the left sideline and dove for a catch just past the cornerback's fingertips and held onto the ball as he hit the ground.

Owens caught only three passes for 51 yards last fall, but Hernando coach John Palmer said he'll be a key part of their offense this season.

"He's an excellent blocker, and he's really developed as a wide receiver this year,"  Palmer said. "He's going to have a great year for us, we think."

Another player expected to have a big fall is linebacker Darren Hambrick. The 6-foot-2 junior linebacker recorded 84 tackles last fall and emerged as an all-North Suncoast player.

Hambrick made one of the defense's top plays Tuesday, chasing down a ball carrier and popping the ball out with his fist.

"He's a very good athlete with a lot of talent football-wise, and he had a great summer," Palmer said.

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