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Spring football capsule: Pinellas Park

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Pinellas Park

Coach: Kenny Crawford

Last season: 0-10

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

Key losses: OL/DL Aaron Earle, WR/DB Brandon Ferguson, RB/LB Chris McKinnie, OL/DL Ben Miller, WR/DB Will Smith

Who's back: RB/LB Oraian Bentley, TE/DL Tra Butler, WR/DB Greg Green, WR/DB Andy Laughery, RB/LB Tony Murphy, QB/DB Cody Nowakoski, QB Devon Olson, WR/DB Kyleil Robinson, RB/DB Mike Smith

What's new: The Patriots will look different this season. Gone are the black helmets and jerseys, replaced with the school's traditional colors of red, white and blue. The offense also switches from the spread to the Wing-T. The changes were made by Crawford, who was hired in February to replace Matt Lance. The Patriots had more than 50 players out for football with plenty of guys at the skill positions. Crawford expects big things from his running game, which includes backs Bentley, Murphy and Smith. The defense is led by Butler, a speed rusher on the line.

Audible: "We've got a long road, but we're starting to take steps in the right direction. There are good numbers and the guys are excited to play football." — Crawford

Did you know? Former Pinellas Park coach James Adams joined the staff as an offensive coordinator. Also helping on offense is former Gibbs assistant Dave Cleppe, who worked with Shaun King when he was a Gladiator.

Spring game: vs. Palm Harbor University, 7 p.m., Friday

2009 season

Sept. 4vs. Osceola

Sept. 11at Palm Harbor U.

Sept. 17 at Dunedin

Sept. 25at Northeast

Oct. 2vs. Boca Ciega

Oct. 15at Clearwater

Oct. 23 at Seminole

Oct. 30vs. Gibbs

Nov. 6vs. St. Petersburg

Nov. 13vs. Dixie Hollins

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Pinellas Park 05/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:22pm]
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