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Spring football capsule: Lennard

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Coach: George Edington (second season, 4-6)

Last season: 4-6

District: Class 2A-5 (Jesuit, Middleton, Robinson, St. Petersburg Catholic, Steinbrenner, Strawberry Crest)

Key losses: QB Andrew Burdick, WR Blake Kennedy, WR Brandon Stephens, RB Carlos Martinez

Who's back: WR De'Myco Winston, RB Tevin Abboney, LB David Sanders, DL/OL Leroy Campbell

What's new: The Longhorns went into spring drills searching for a quarterback, and Edington says the competition will continue into the fall. Lennard needs to replace Burdick, marking just the second quarterback competition in the program's brief history. The Longhorns went with freshman Shannon Gaines in the spring game but he will compete with others, including East Bay transfer Brandon Peterson. The lack of a clear starter might prompt Edington to rely less on the spread offense and more on the running game. Defensively, eight starters return and Edington expects the unit to be the strength of the team. "We'll have a lot of seniors on the offensive line," Edington said. "We'll have to try to run the ball. We're going to try to run more. We have to unless we can get someone who can throw the football."

Audible: "I was happy with the first two weeks (of spring practice); they were outstanding. Everything went well until the last week and then it all went in the toilet. It is what it is." — Edington

Did you know? Despite quarterback woes and the loss of receivers Kennedy and Stephens, Edington believes the receiving corps will be fine. Look for Winston (6-5) as the top receiver.

Spring jamboree: Lost 20-0 to Spoto

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Bloomingdale

Sept. 11 at Leto

Sept. 18 at Riverview

Sept. 25 at St. Petersburg Catholic

Oct. 2 vs. Middleton

Oct. 9 vs. Jesuit

Oct. 22 vs. Robinson

Nov. 13 vs. Durant

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Lennard 05/28/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:36pm]
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