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Tarpon Springs' Kenny Blanch playing defense, not offense

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Fri. August 12, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Kenny Blanch was on the field during the first day of practice for Tarpon Springs and appeared to be fully recovered from a high ankle sprain that slowed him down most of the summer.

"Kenny has looked good out there," Spongers coach Atif Austin said. "He's able to make some cuts and move around well."

Most people figured Blanch, who transferred from Palm Harbor University to Tarpon Springs, would be penciled in as a running back, the position he starred at with the Hurricanes and the one area that is a concern for the Spongers after Darius Daniels graduated.

But Austin has Blanch primarily at safety. Defense was an issue last year and Austin made it a priority to shore up that unit in the offseason.

"Kenny will help us in the secondary," Austin said. "We may have him on offense at some point. But I'm just not sure about that right now." 

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