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Tue. June 14, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

PHU's Kenny Blanch plans to transfer to Tarpon Springs

Palm Harbor University planned to use Kenny Blanch as a featured back in a run-oriented offense this season. Now, Blanch hopes to be featured somewhere else.

The senior running back said he plans to transfer to neighboring rival Tarpon Springs within the month.

"Oh, you can go ahead and start writing that," Blanch said about his pending transfer.

Blanch started strong last season before an ankle injury slowed him down the final five games. He bounced back this spring and impressed new coach Matt Lepain with a solid performance in a controlled scrimmage. But Blanch also missed two practices and Lepain sat him for the first quarter of the spring game against Boca Ciega.

"Maybe (Blanch) is mad because I sat him," Lepain said. "But I'm not going to worry about who's not here. I'm going to focus on the guys that want to be here."

If Blanch transfers, he could see significant playing time with the Spongers considering they lost first-team, all-county running back Darius Daniels to graduation. Tarpon Springs already has a solid offense with quarterback Louis Pappas and receivers Runaldo Wright and Kenyatta Merriex all returning.

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