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Spring football capsule: Osceola

Around the county in 30 days A daily spring preview of every football program in the county

Osceola

Coach: George Palmer (20th season, 95-103)

Last season: 0-10

District: Class 3A-8 (Blake, Dixie Hollins, Jefferson, Lakewood, Spoto)

Key losses: TE/LB Reece Dantzscher, OL/DL Logan Jones, QB/LB Dylan Lantz, WR/DB Renard Rowe, LB/TE Danny Sarine, OL Austin Tottle

Who's back: RB/DB Jace Browne, OL/DL Boston Ellis, OL/DL Ryan Hoagland, QB/DB Adam Lewis, RB/LB Tyler Lewis, RB/DB Edwin McKinney, QB/LB Mark Oliver, DL/OL Jared Willett

What's new: The Warriors lose some experience and beef on the line with Jones (230) and Tottle (290) graduating. Still, there is some depth up front with the return of Ellis, Hoagland and Willett. The biggest playmaker is McKinney, a track star who rushed for more than 1,100 yards last season and was the team's second-leading receiver. Adam Lewis and Oliver are competing at quarterback. If Lewis loses out, he will start as a receiver. Because Osceola is low on numbers, many players will be going both ways. Ellis, Hoagland and Willett should see playing time on the defensive line. Oliver is the leader among the linebackers. Mc­Kinney is one of the top returners in a deep secondary.

Did you know? Osceola has lost 15 straight regular-season games dating to 2007.

Audible: "We've got some good guys returning on the offensive line, and we think McKinney is a real special player. He ran for more 1,100 yards last season. We're going to try to get the ball to him." — Palmer

Spring game: at Dixie Hollins, 7 p.m., Thursday

2009 season

Sept. 4at Pinellas Park

Sept. 11at Clearwater

Sept. 17at Countryside

Sept. 25at Jefferson

Oct. 2at Northeast

Oct. 9vs. Blake

Oct. 15vs. Seminole

Oct. 23at Lakewood

Oct. 30vs. Spoto

Nov. 6vs. Dixie Hollins

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Osceola 05/25/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 25, 2009 10:27pm]
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