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Spring football capsule: Hillsborough

Around the county in 30 days

A daily spring preview of every football program in Hillsborough County:


Coach: Earl Garcia (18th season at Hillsborough, 153-43; 25th overall, 186-81)

Last season: 6-4 (lost 24-3 to Largo in region quarterfinals)

District: Class 4A, District 9

Key losses: QB Tarean Austin, WR/DB Ravon Bullard, TE Jordan Duval, OT Trey Gonzalez, DE Arthur Johnson, RB Rodney Johnson, C Dan Ljuna, WR/DB Terrence Mitchell, LB Chris Oliver, LB Michael Scaglione, WR Carlton Walton

Who's back: RB Antonio Chow, K/P Mattias Ciabatti, OL Andre Gunn, DE Reggie Johnson, RB Jamie Knott, WR Charles Lovett, DL Earl Moore, OLB Gerald Pearson

What's new: A lot. Garcia can't remember a team this young. The Terriers return just three offensive and four defensive starters, but there is talent. The junior varsity program was undefeated and unscored upon last season. The staff will also change. Garcia will no longer call offensive plays, giving that job to Ken Russell, a 12-year assistant. Garcia will focus on the kicking game, helping his son, assistant Earl Garcia III. The Terriers will change the offense to run the double-wing triple-option. But they will run some shotgun sets, too. Because of a lack of depth up front, the defense will go from the 5-2 to the 3-5 stack. Spoto transfer Rodney Williams is an all-state player at linebacker. Armwood transfers Quinton Brown and Dutch Sweet add to the defense. Former Robinson RB Tim Randolph and Chadd Pierson, a Gaither transfer, could get significant carries in a crowded backfield. Ryan Bird, the only quarterback with any varsity experience, had surgery Wednesday on this throwing shoulder and will be out for the remainder of spring.

Audible: "We're pressing the reset button on a lot of things. We haven't won a state championship, so we need some new ideas. It will give me a chance to do what I've always wanted to do, be a head coach and concentrate on the kicking game, which at the high school level I think is such an important part of the game." — Garcia

Did you know? DE Reggie Johnson, who Garcia said can be a Division I prospect, had three surgeries in the offseason (both shoulders, thumb). He had 45 tackles and 81/2 sacks, while "playing with one hand," Garcia said.

Spring game: vs. Middleton at Hillsborough (second half), 6:30 p.m. Friday

2010 schedule

Aug. 27 vs. Bradenton Southeast (preseason)

Sept. 3 at Jefferson

Sept. 10 at Plant

Sept. 16 vs. Chamberlain

Sept. 24 at Alonso

Oct. 1 vs. Gaither

Oct. 8 at East Bay

Oct. 15 vs. Blake

Oct. 22 vs. Armwood

Nov. 5 at King

Nov. 12 vs. Tampa Bay Tech

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Hillsborough 05/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 15, 2010 9:45pm]
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