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Spring football capsule: Robinson

Robinson coach Mike DePue, talking to linebacker Josh Key, learned a great deal from its spring game victory.

SCOTT KEELER | Times (2008)

Robinson coach Mike DePue, talking to linebacker Josh Key, learned a great deal from its spring game victory.


Coach: Mike DePue (sixth season, 31-32)

Last season: 2-8

District: Class 2A-5 (Jesuit, Lennard, Middleton, St. Petersburg Catholic, Steinbrenner, Strawberry Crest)

Key losses: RB David Canchola, DB/WR Mike Hawthorne, OL/DL Mike Newman, QB A.J. Phillips

Who's back: WR Ruben Gonzalez, OL Andrew Meddaugh, LB Tevin Newman, DL Quinton Preston, WR Byron Pringle (Blake transfer), FB Robert Smith, WR/DB Frankie Williams, DL D.J. Woods

What's new: Some questions were answered for Robinson in the spring jamboree victory against Jefferson. It's clear quarterback Blake Rice, who was 6-of-16 for 118 yards and a touchdown, is comfortable with making tough throws and ready to take command of the varsity offense after starting on the junior varsity last year. His promise behind center should allow Ruben Gonzalez to primarily play receiver, though he will be available to play quarterback. Robinson looked diverse offensively with running back Marques Baker, who finished with two carries for 33 yards and two touchdowns.

Audible: "We have some kids that want to play and believe in what we're doing. We're going down to (Class) 2A, we're going to see what happens and have some fun next year." — DePue

Did you know? Robinson last earned a playoff berth in 2005, when it lost in a Class 3A quarterfinal to Wauchula Hardee 31-13. After spring ended with an optimistic finish, Robinson will be looking to improve on its recent playoff success. The Knights have played in just five playoff games since 1998 with a 1-4 record, including playoff berths in 2003 and 2005.

Spring jamboree: Robinson 34, Jefferson 14

2009 schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Leto

Sept. 17 at King

Sept. 25 at Middleton

Oct. 2 vs. Jesuit

Oct. 9 vs. Newsome

Oct. 16 at St. Petersburg Catholic

Oct. 22 at Lennard

Oct. 30 vs. Steinbrenner

Nov. 6 vs. Strawberry Crest

Nov. 13 at Plant

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

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