Spring football capsule: King

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King

Coach: Al Davis (second season, 3-7)

Last season: 3-7

District: Class 4A-9 (Armwood, East Bay, Hillsborough)

Key losses: RB/DB Donovan Celerin, LB Adrian Fedrick, QB Keith Graham, FB Rodney Pugh, DB Travis Reynolds, DB Josh Rufflin, DE Travis Simmons, OL/DL Justin Smith, OL Corey Stulz

Who's back: LB Carlos Wooten, RB Cedrick Young, QB/WR Reese Sturgis, LB Patrick Clarke, OL/DL Chioke Marshell, OL/DL John Marley, DB D'Andre Fulton (Tampa Bay Tech transfer), RB Jameel Jackson (Tampa Bay Tech transfer), LB Travis Campbell, QB Derrick Bass, LB Marcellus Jackson

What's new: Davis said the team focused more on academics and improvement in the classroom than anything else this spring. After losing 12 seniors to graduation, King had 15 ineligible players, nine of whom would be starters, Davis said. He believes those players will be in good academic standing by the fall, and has established a "committee" to keep tabs on players through various methods to be sure they are on top of their academics. The good news for King is that 52 players came out for football, up from the roughly 30 or so who came out last year. In the Lions' spring jamboree loss to TBT, Davis said many of those younger players went both ways and were "burned out" in the second quarter.

Audible: "I think we can win it. I know Armwood has the green light right now. But if we can get every kid we think we can get to play football, we have a good chance." — Davis on how King stacks up in its new district

Did you know? Among the nine college-bound seniors King signed was Harvard-bound Celerin. His academic numbers — a 5.2 GPA and more than 2,000 points on his SAT — prompted "every" Ivy League school to recruit him, Davis said. And this is no anomaly. Davis said the next in line is John Marley, who also has Harvard interested as well as other prestigious academic institutions. "He might be another Donovan," Davis said.

Spring result: lost 24-7 to Tampa Bay Tech

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at Blake

Sept. 11 vs. Freedom

Sept. 17 vs. Robinson

Oct. 2 at Leto

Oct. 9 at Armwood

Oct. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Tech

Oct. 22 vs. East Bay

Oct. 30 at Bloomingdale

Nov. 6 at Hillsborough

Nov. 13 vs. Durant

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: King 05/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:35pm]

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