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A daily spring preview of every football program in Hillsborough County:
Coach: Alvin Davis (third season, 7-12; 18th season overall, 75-120)
Last season: 4-5
District: Class 4A, District 9
Key losses: WR/DB Derrick Bass, DB Patrick Clarke, WR Quadrea Everett, OL/DL Marcellus Jackson, OL/DL John Marley, OL/DL Chioke Marshall, LB Carlos Wooten
Who’s back: LB/RB Tavis Campbell, DB/LB Demetrius Dillard, RB Shawn Hibbert, OL John Kelley, OL Dennis Meyer, OL Mike Moore, WR/CB Chris Murray, OL Matt Nakamura, WR/DB Reese Sturgis, DE Tawn-Tyba Takeli, QB Greg Windham
What’s new: Stability, for one. Davis, who said he lost four players to Armwood and one to Hillsborough after his first spring at King, reported no transfers this past offseason. Eight offensive and seven defensive starters return for the Lions, who came within 11 points of a winning record last season. Davis is employing some pro-set looks to complement his spread packages. Windham (6-2, 205), who passed for nearly 1,300 yards as a sophomore in 2009, will have two fleet 5-9 targets in Sturgis and Murray. Sturgis (29 catches, 395 yards) is getting looks from several Division I schools. As usual, depth and size could hinder the Lions, who may have as many as seven two-way players. Then again, they might be the most experienced team in their district.
Audible: “On the field, I’m looking to be more physical. I’m still like an old-school type coach and I’m always gonna be physical and try to really (instill) confidence in themselves that they can be a physical ballclub. They have to be more physical because they are not big in size.” — Davis
Did you know? Former Lions two-way lineman John Marley is the latest King player to hook up with an academically prestigious program. Marley, who will graduate with a GPA in excess of 6.2, has received a full academic scholarship to Stanford. …Lions basketball players Reshard Brown and Darnell Dawson, both of whom stand over 6-4, have joined Davis’ program. Brown, who averaged a double double last season (18 ppg, 10.9 rpg), hasn’t played organized football since 2003.
Spring game: One half vs. Wharton (at Wharton), 6:30 p.m. Friday
Aug. 27 at Lakewood (preseason)
Sept. 3 vs. Middleton
Sept. 10 at Freedom
Sept. 16 at Robinson
Sept. 24 at Strawberry Crest
Oct. 1 vs. Leto
Oct. 8 vs. Armwood
Oct. 15 at Tampa Bay Tech
Oct. 22 at East Bay
Oct. 29 vs. Bloomingdale
Nov. 5 vs. Hillsborough