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Spring football capsule: Leto


Coach: Mike Jalazo (first season; 12th season overall, 76-47)

Last season: 2-7

District: Class 4A, District 10

Key losses: ATH Jeremy Deering, RB/WR Terik Greensberry, DB Lorenzo Laporte, WR Micah Leon, QB Dominic Marino, K/P Luis Rodriguez, LB Fred Timmons

Who's back: C Robert Asphell, LB/FB/TE Jahmeire Caldwell, RB James Davis, Adebayo Fadina, WR/FS Giovani Gustave, TE David McPherson, DB/WR Tito Salcedo, LT Cody Sharp

What's new: A lot, including size up front. Jalazo, hired after spending the previous eight seasons at Clearwater Central Catholic, said he has been pleasantly surprised by the Falcons' talent level and girth at the line of scrimmage. Among the big bodies are Sharp (6 feet 6, 330 pounds) and Asphell (6-2, 270). Talent-wise, Jalazo is so impressed, he hopes to not have to use anyone both ways. That would maximize the defensive talent of someone such as Caldwell (6-0, 210), arguably the Falcons' best overall player. "We feel like there's enough talent to really spread it around a little bit," Jalazo said. … Rising junior Jalen Davis, who scored six touchdowns in a junior varsity game against Blake last year, is the new quarterback. Finding ballcarriers to step in for Deering and Greensberry will be a challenge, but Davis (5-9, 180) is an early candidate. On a typical day, Jalazo estimates he has 50-55 players. Should a handful who are ineligible for the spring game meet their academic requirements, he believes the Falcons could "not only be competitive, we have a chance to be good."

Audible: "I guess in a way we figured it's going to take us a year to get to Step 1 from what we understood coming in. Then you see the talent and you're like, 'Well, maybe not.' " — Jalazo

Did you know? Jalazo brought roughly a half-dozen of his CCC assistants with him, including both coordinators. … In terms of renovating the program, Jalazo faces a much steeper climb off the field. He says he literally has no coaches' office or athletic trainer, and the tiny locker room is separated by a large partition. … Caldwell's younger brother, Arieon, is a 5-10, 280-pound rising sophomore who Jalazo says could evolve into the team's best lineman.

Spring game: One half vs. Alonso (at Sickles), 6:30 p.m. Friday

2010 schedule

Aug. 27 at Blake (preseason)

Sept. 3 vs. Robinson

Sept. 10 at Lennard

Sept. 16 at Bloomingdale

Sept. 24 vs. Boca Ciega

Oct. 1 at King

Oct. 8 vs. Largo

Oct. 15 vs. Newsome

Oct. 22 at Sickles

Oct. 29 vs. Freedom

Nov. 5 at Middleton

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Leto 05/19/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 10:47pm]
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