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Spring football capsule: Leto

Jeremy Deering will be the focus of the Falcons’ offense, playing running back and receiver.

BRIAN BLANCO | Special to the Times

Jeremy Deering will be the focus of the Falcons’ offense, playing running back and receiver.

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Leto

Coach: Hugh Dehnert (fourth season, 8-22)

Last season: 3-7

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

Key losses: WR Antwoun Howard, LB Georges Jean Louis, DE Adolfo Nivero, OL Xavier Laporte, C Christopher Cassagne, DL Ken McAllister

Who's back: RB Jeremy Deering, CB/WR Brandon Toombs, OT Mike Huddleman, OT Justin McLean, RB Fred Timmons, RB Terik Greensburry, WR Van Watkins, DB Lorenzo Laporte

What's new: There is growing interest in the Falcons program, and it all centers around Deering. Coaches estimate 58 Division I schools and 50 Division I-AA and Division II schools visited Leto spring practices, and the interest has been reflected in the turnout. The Falcons ended last season with 33 players, and 68 attended spring practice. The offense will obviously be geared heavily toward Deering, who has offers from the likes of FSU, South Carolina, Purdue and Kentucky. They will use him about a handful of times in the now-famous "Wildcat" offense but also have him line up at receiver. Deering ran for 107.7 yards a game last year splitting time between quarterback and running back. This year Gaither transfer Dominic Marino is slated to take over the quarterback role and another former Cowboy, wide receiver Micah Leon, is a key addition. The Falcons' spread offense will have to figure out ways to get in the end zone. Leto had the ball inside the Sickles' 5-yard line three times in the spring game and couldn't score.

Audible: "It was an exciting spring. It gave us a big boost. Four of our kids received offers. It had a huge effect on our whole school, from the front office to the guidance office. I don't think the guidance office had ever received that many requests for transcripts." — Leto offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator Frank Rose

Did you know? Deering ran for an eye-popping 326 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries (17.2 yards per carry) in a 46-27 win over Lennard last season.

Spring game: Lost to Sickles 2-0

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 at Robinson

Sept. 11 vs. Lennard

Sept. 17 vs. Bloomingdale

Sept. 25 at Boca Ciega

Oct. 2 vs. King

Oct. 9 at Largo

Oct. 16 at Newsome

Oct. 23 vs. Sickles

Oct. 30 at Freedom

Nov. 6 vs. Middleton

Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Leto 05/28/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:13pm]
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