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Spring football capsule: Largo

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

Largo

Coach: Rick Rodriguez (11th season, 80-26)

District: 4A-10 (Boca Ciega, Leto, Sickles)

Last season: 12-2 (lost 35-14 to Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in 5A state semifinals)

Key losses: RB Marcel Durham, QB Ryan Eppes, WR/DB Mike Lang, LB Mike Marry, OL/DL Ryan McFarland, RB/LB Justin Shaw

Who's back: WR/DB Jamarious Boatwright, TE/DE Mike Douglas, RB/DB Myrick Gwynn, FB/LB Sean Holte, OL Austin Jenquine, RB/DB D.J. Key, OL Stefan Konjanovski, DL Austin Mai, DL Taylor Montgomery, OL/DL Adarius Rayner, QB Jamar Riley, QB Alex Skinner, OL/DL Alex Rodriguez, RB/DB Jason Wine

What's new: The Packers advanced to the state semifinals for a second straight season last year and 16 starters return from that team. Most of the experience on offense is on the line, where four of five starters are back. Largo has to replace most of its skill guys, but Rodriguez believes he has capable replacements. The biggest battle is at quarterback between Riley and Skinner. Riley moved up from JV and started the regular-season finale against Northeast last year. Skinner is a move-in from Canada who will not be able to play in the spring game because he arrived late in the semester. Key and Wine will carry the load at running back. Gwynn is the biggest threat at receiver. On defensive, Douglas anchors an athletic line. Holte is the leader of a linebacking corps that has to replace Marry, a two-time county defensive player of the year. The secondary is deep with Boatwright, Gwynn and Wine, among others.

Did you know? Rodriguez said 50-75 college recruiters have stopped by this spring. The most heavily recruited players are Douglas and Holte, but there could be as many as six Packers who sign with Division I schools.

Audible: "We should be real physical up front on both sides of the ball. And we've got guys that can step up at quarterback, running back and receiver." — Rodriguez

Spring game: at Bradenton Manatee, 7 p.m. May 29

2009 season

Sept. 3vs. Dunedin

Sept. 11vs. East Lake

Sept. 17at Gibbs

Sept. 25at Sickles

Oct. 2vs. Tarpon Springs

Oct. 9vs. Leto

Oct. 23at Boca Ciega

Oct. 30vs. Sarasota

Nov. 6at Countryside

Nov. 13vs. Palm Harbor University

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Largo 05/22/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:02pm]
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