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Tue. September 15, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

TARPON SPRINGS -- After two games, Tarpon Springs running backs Adrian Golden and Darius Daniels have combined for 543 rushing yards with each averaging more than 10 yards per carry.

It’s safe to say, the offensive line is a big reason why.

“We’ve done very well up front,” Spongers coach George Kotis said. “Obviously, (the backs) are gifted, but you don’t do anything without the holes.”

As a group, the line has excelled, but two players stand out -- senior tackles Clay Paino and Tristan Rogers. Both, Kotis said, are particularly strong run blockers.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Paino is likely to play in college.

He’s being looked at both by Division I-A programs and Ivy League schools, Kotis said.

“By the time the season is over, he’ll pretty much be able to decide where he wants to go,” Kotis said. “He’s the real thing. He’s an athlete and he’s going to get a ton of looks.”

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