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Position breakdown: Pinellas defensive line

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Tue. August 10, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

As the 2010 prep football season approaches, the St. Petersburg Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at defensive linemen.

Top returners
1. Brodrick Lee, Tarpon Springs:
The most consistent lineman in the county the past two seasons, Lee, a senior, was dominant as an interior rusher in 2009, registering 127 tackles, including 71 solo and 15 for loss, to go along with seven sacks.
2. Dante Fowler, Lakewood: The junior had perhaps the best summer of any lineman in the county with strong performances at camps. The speed rusher has a goal of recording 30 sacks this season.
3. Adarius Rayner, Largo: Because of his size (6-2, 250 pounds), Rayner is one of the best college prospects in the county and will be counted on to lead a young defense.
4. Devonte West, Indian Rocks Christian: A two-way player, West will be most valuable to the Golden Eagles as a defensive tackle, where he can use his 285-pound frame to clog running lanes.
5. Shawn Barker, Largo: Coach Rick Rodriguez is high on the junior who has enjoyed a meteoric rise on the depth chart and is a key component on what could be the best defensive line in the county.
6. Evan Holmes, Lakewood: The transfer from St. Petersburg Catholic will combine with Fowler to form one of the fastest pair of bookend ends in the county.
7. Nick Orgera, Palm Harbor University: Nose tackle is one of the most important positions in the Hurricanes’ defensive scheme, and Orgera plays it with reckless abandon.
8. Jeremi Powell, Pinellas Park: An athletic rusher whose greatest asset is his speed. 
9. Mike Sloat, East Lake: The defensive tackle is at his best stopping the run.
10. Paul Mandley, St. Petersburg Catholic: At 6-4, 350 pounds, Mandley is one of the biggest defensive tackles in the county.

Keep an eye on
1. Michael Kontodiakos, Tarpon Springs:
Inserted as a full-time starter, Kontodiakos will team with Lee to form a solid interior front.
2. Devin Porter, Largo: Led the Packers last season with seven sacks and could post better numbers this year.
3. Emmanuel Watkins, St. Petersburg: A converted tight end, Watkins has the most experience on a revamped defensive line.
4. Kaelin Jones, Northeast: A transfer from Illinois, Jones didn’t get to play in the spring but has already proven to be the Vikings’ most valuable lineman.
5. Demeco Bristol, Boca Ciega: The only returning starter on a young defense.
6. Kaine Johnson, Clearwater: A disruptive force from his defensive end position.

Other stories in this series:

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Offensive line

Special teams

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