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Spring football capsule: Northeast

Jay Austin’s Vikings have a lot of depth at linebacker and in the secondary. “I think we’re in good shape,” he says of this year’s squad.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times (2007)

Jay Austin’s Vikings have a lot of depth at linebacker and in the secondary. “I think we’re in good shape,” he says of this year’s squad.


Coach: Jay Austin (third season, 12-9)

Last season: 6-4

District: Class 5A-9 (Gibbs, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Seminole)

Key losses: OL/DL Matt Khanthalangsky, OL/DL Steven Marshall, QB Ryan Moore, OL/DL Admir Mujakovic, FB/LB Tim Tisdale, RB/DB Juarez Wynn

Who's back: WR/DB Antonio Aponte, QB Kyle Carver, RB/DB Darryl Copeland, OL/DL Billy Davis, OL/DL Darrell Demerest, RB/DB Tavarres Dunlap, FB/DL Dominique Ellis, TE/DE Trez Jones, RB/LB Kyle Hamel, OL/DL Sean Ledesma, DB Taz Perry, WR/DB Erik Reyes, TE/DE Pete Terrana, WR/DB Hank White

What's new: The Vikings lose some experience on their line with Marshall, Mujakovic and Khanthalangsky graduating. And they lose some speed with Wynn also departing. But Austin believes the line will still be formidable with Davis, Demerest and Ledesma. Copeland should get plenty of work as a running back to offset the loss of Wynn. And Ellis moves to fullback to take the place of Tisdale. Carver, last season's backup quarterback, takes over as the starter. Defensively, the Vikings have had to replace their interior line and Tisdale as a linebacker and Wynn as a defensive back. But the rest of the starters remain intact. There is plenty of depth at linebacker and in the secondary.

Did you know? The Vikings have made the playoffs every odd year this decade (2001, '03, '05 and '07).

Audible: "We've got nearly everyone back on defense. We just have to find two defensive tackles. And we have to replace some key guys on the offensive line. But I think we're in good shape." — Austin

Spring game: vs. Palmetto, 7 p.m. May 28

2009 season

Sept. 4 vs. Dixie Hollins

Sept. 17 at Clearwater

Sept. 25 vs. Pinellas Park

Oct. 2 vs. Osceola

Oct. 9 at Seminole

Oct. 15 at East Lake

Oct. 23 vs. Gibbs

Oct. 30 at St. Petersburg

Nov. 6 at Boca Ciega

Nov. 13 vs. Lakewood

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

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