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Clearwater: Spring football capsule

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview

of every football program

in the county.

Clearwater

Coach: Tom Bostic

(26th season, 151-115)

Last season: 5-5

District: Class 5A-9 (Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake, Palm Harbor University)

Key losses: RB/DB Brett Bostic, DL Jamond Hunter, QB Luke Loucks, DL/FB Joe Marshall, TE/DB Justin Merchant, WR Chris Sackmann, RB/LB Danny Sanford

Who's back: OL Michael Barber, LB/FB Michael Holmes, TE/DE Rob Kazanowski, RB/LB Mario Riley, OL Will Strickland

What's new: Clearwater lost its top passer (Loucks), rusher (Sanford) and receiver (Sackmann), so expect to see many new faces on offense. Bostic anticipates using shotgun sets as well as lining up under center. Expect these two players to compete: Nick Gimbrone, a rising senior, had limited action last season, and his challenger, Brian Law, will be just a freshman. Bostic's biggest challenge is finding space eaters on the defensive line.

Audible: "The most experienced of any of our quarterbacks threw three passes last season: one interception, one incompletion and one touchdown." — Bostic

Did you know?: Clearwater graduated 22 from last year's 5-5 squad, and Bostic estimates he'll have just five senior starters this fall.

Spring game

May 30 at CC Catholic

2008 schedule

Sept. 5 at Seminole

Sept. 12 at Osceola

Sept. 19 vs. Lakewood

Sept. 26 vs. East Lake

Oct. 3 at Gibbs

Oct. 10 at Dunedin

Oct. 17 vs. Pinellas Park

Oct. 24 vs. PHU

Oct. 31 at Countryside

Nov. 14 vs. Tarpon Springs

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Clearwater: Spring football capsule 05/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 1:37pm]
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