It’s easy to focus on who hasn’t been around Central’s program. Numbers are down, thanks in part to the opening of Weeki Wachee, from about 90 the last two years to 72 this August.
And one of those key departures is Brandon Miller, one of the North Suncoast’s top kickers, who moved to Pensacola.
But Bears coach Mike Einspahr remains optimistic, three days into fall practice.
“It’s going really, really good,” Einspahr said.
Central finished winless last fall but enters this season with some notable emerging talents. QB Cole Teater has impressed coaches, and senior Quadavis Battle is beginning to turn his athleticism into football success.
“We’re slowly getting there,” Einspahr said.
On defense, Taylor Claussen’s move from safety to linebacker should boost a unit that allowed at least 26 points in every game last fall.
Einspahr said his program is continuing to make progress, but the Bears are still searching for more consistency.
“That’s our No. 1 big thing,” Einspahr said.