Around the North Suncoast in 30 days
A daily spring preview of football programs on the North Suncoast
Coach: Mark Nash (sixth season, 29-25; eighth overall, 40-36)
District: 4A-6 (Ridgewood, River Ridge, Tarpon Springs, Wiregrass Ranch)
Last season: 3-7
Key losses: RB/LB Hunter Newton, G/DE Buddy Stockton, G/DE Johnny Eaton, T/DT Graham Wilkerson, G/DT Steve Eanes, WR/CB Dylan Buono (transferred to Mitchell)
Who's back: RB/LB Vance Lizama, QB/DB Zack Wynn, RB/CB Dylan Luke, WR/FS Brandon Jones, C/DL R.J. Marshall
What's new: Meet Jamie Tello, a transfer from Land O'Lakes, who this past season caught 20 passes for 243 yards and rushed 19 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Nash is high on Tello and believes he can more than fill the void left by Buono (759 yards, seven touchdowns), who transferred to Mitchell during the offseason. "(Buono) was good for us, but I think Tello can really be much more of a threat for us, and him and Zack (Wynn) are really clicking well together," Nash said. And if you think the Cobras' high-flying pass offense of last season was going to go to a more balanced attack, think again. The Cobras plan to lean even more on Wynn, who passed for 2,035 yards last season on 280 attempts. Nash said the offense should be 70 percent pass and 30 percent run.
Audible: "Just to give you an idea of how much we are going to throw, we haven't even run one running play yet this spring." — Nash
Did you know? Wynn, who has passed for more than 4,500 yards in three years at Hudson, has one season left and Nash said there are 20 colleges that have shown interest in the honor roll student-athlete. Nash said Wynn carries a grade point average well above a 4.0 and Harvard is atop his list of suitors. "(Wynn) is a real smart kid on and off the field and I cannot say enough about him," Nash said.
Spring scrimmage: May 30, 7 p.m.
Aug. 28 Mitchell (classic)
Sept. 4 Gulf
Sept. 11 at Springstead
Sept. 18 at Sunlake
Oct. 2 at Berkeley Prep
Oct. 9 at River Ridge
Oct. 16 at Fleming Island
Oct. 23 Ridgewood
Oct. 30 Tarpon Springs
Nov. 6 at Wiregrass Ranch
Nov. 13 Land O'Lakes
Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent