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Spring football capsule: Berkeley Prep

Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county

Berkeley Prep

Coach: Dominick Ciao (third year at Berkeley; 20th overall, 143-69)

Last season: 6-4

District: Class A-6 (Clearwater Central Catholic, Fort Meade, Indian Rocks Christian, Lakeland Christian)

Key losses: RB/DB Julian Crockett, WR/DB Jordan Crockett, LB Keith Bexley, WR Nick Orobello, OL Peter Chami, OL Harrison Wood, OL Turner Richardson

Who's back: OL David Turkel, LB Matt Dowdle, LB Mark Timmel, RB/OLB Richard Klein, DB Byrne Marston, QB Destin Nichols, WR/S Nelson Agholar, DE Reggie Barnes, DE Tyler Davis, FB Kevin Yent

What's new: The Buccaneers came close to making the postseason last year, but lose a lot in Bexley and the Crockett twins. Ciao has a talented crop of younger players with significant playing experience. He started four freshmen last year, including starting quarterback Nichols and top returning receiver Agholar. Berkeley loses three starting offensive linemen but returns 6-foot-3, 250-pound rising senior Turkel, who will be a three-year starter. The Bucs will have just two weeks of spring practice because they have exams during the final week of drills. Ten rising seniors will have to provide leadership as Berkeley drops down in classification, but the competition doesn't get any easier in the new Class A-6.

Audible: "We're going to focus on fundamentals this spring. The playbook is going to be small and we're really going to be focusing on blocking and tackling. We will have to shape up our offensive and defensive lines. Since we have to be a week short everything is going to be very basic." — Ciao

Did you know? One of Berkeley's main obstacles has been numbers, but Ciao said he has 35 players in spring practice now but hopes for 44 once preseason practice starts in August.

Spring game: at Lake Highland Prep, 7 p.m. on May 15

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at St. Petersburg Catholic

Sept. 11 at Tampa Catholic

Sept. 18 vs. Lake Highland Prep

Sept. 25 at Clearwater Central Catholic

Oct. 2 vs. Hudson

Oct. 9 at Lakeland Christian

Oct. 23 vs. Fort Meade

Oct. 30 vs. Winter Park Trinity

Nov. 6 vs. Indian Rocks Christian

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Berkeley Prep 05/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 11:15pm]
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