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Spring football capsule: Palm Harbor University

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Palm Harbor University

Coach: Mark Haye (second season, 4-6)

Last season: 4-6

District: Class 5A, District 8

Key losses: OL/DL Mark Hansson, QB/RB Ja'Tyuan Landing, RB/WR/S Steven Luke, K/P Patrick McDonald, WR/CB Mike McNeely, RB/WR/LB Scott Santangelo

Who's back: WR/DB Hunter Beam, RB/DB Kenny Blanch, OL/DL Jarek Chrzanowski, RB/LB Forrest Hartwell, LB Grant Lipshaw, OL Nick Orgera, QB Billy Pavlock, OL/DL Christian Saltarin, OL/DL Jared Strippert

What's new: Despite losing Hansson, the Hurricanes should still be strong on the line with four players who saw playing time last season. Besides the experience, PHU also should be bigger with a line that averages 250 pounds. The biggest move will be at tackle. Saltarin has the inevitable task of replacing Hansson, who signed with Connecticut. The experience and size up front should help Blanch, the top returning ballcarrier. The Hurricanes relied heavily on the run last season, but Haye said the offense should be more balanced with the return of Pavlock, who took over early last year after Landing went down with an injury. On defense, the strength will be the front seven. Most of the offensive linemen will see time on the defensive line. Hartwell and Lipshaw are the top two returning linebackers. PHU still has to find a replacement for McDonald, who was reliable in the kicking game last year.

Audible: "I feel good about what we have. We have some big bodies up front, and I think we should be able to throw it more to give us some balance. We want to take a crack at being one of the top two teams in the district and making the playoffs. That's our goal." — Haye

Did you know? PHU is the only public school in the county that has never made the playoffs.

Spring game: Bradenton Bayshore, 7:30 May 28

2010 schedule

Sept. 3 vs. Tarpon Springs

Sept. 10 at Pinellas Park

Sept. 16 vs. Seminole

Sept. 24 vs. Gibbs

Oct. 1 at St. Petersburg

Oct. 8 at East Lake

Oct. 22 vs. Countryside

Oct. 29 vs. Dunedin

Nov. 5 at Clearwater

Nov. 12 vs. Largo

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Palm Harbor University 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 11:43pm]
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