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
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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