Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Peter Budaj loves 'vibe' with Lightning

    Blogs

    Two years ago, nobody was willing to give Peter Budaj a shot, the veteran goalie wondering if he'd ever play in the NHL again.

    Peter Budaj signed a two-year extension with the Lightning, worth $1.025 million per year.
  2. A test the Rays haven't passed

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — I have no idea what to think about the Rays. Not a clue.

    Tampa Bay Rays players celebrate their 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning 2017-18 schedule: Stanley Cup champion Penguins, expansion Golden Knights among the coming attractions

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning's season schedule was released Thursday afternoon, and there are plenty of must-see matchups coming to Amalie Arena. Here are the home games with the most intriguing storylines:

    The champs (Oct. 12, Oct. 21)

    The two-time defending champion Penguins make two early trips to Tampa. [AP photo]
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning 2017-18 schedule

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning's season schedule was released Thursday afternoon, and there are plenty of must-see matchups coming to Amalie Arena. Here is the full 2017-18 schedule.

    The Lightning's Brayden Point celebrates a goal during a game against the Ottawa Senators in February in Tampa. [AP photo]
  5. What Wilson Ramos will mean to the Rays lineup, pitching

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer was stumping for all-star votes for Corey Dickerson during a live interview Wednesday morning on the MLB Network when he lifted the right earpiece on his headset and said, "I hear a buffalo coming."

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) waves to the crowd after being presented with the Silver Slugger Award before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.