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Spring football capsule: Wesley Chapel

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A daily spring preview of every football program in Hernando and Pasco counties

Wesley chapel

Coach: Ben Alford (first season)

Last season: 3-7District: Class 3A, District 7

Key losses: OL/DL R.J. Nixon, TE/DL Chris Pierre-Charles, RB/DE Jon Mahan (Wharton transfer)

Who's back: RB/DB Jake Fisher, TE/LB Luke Fisher, QB/WR/DB Keegan Tanner, QB Jordon Primus, OL Damien Garvey, RB/DL Devin Piper, RB/DB Davon Henry, RB/DB Diamon Bagwell, K Cody Hodgens, WR/DB John Ayers, OL/DE Angel LoCicero

What's new? There were plenty of issues last season, and quarterback was no exception. Of course, one reason Wesley Chapel hired the 25-year-old Alford was to breathe life into a stagnant program. Alford was a quarterback for Pasco, so the position is bound to get plenty of attention. Thus far, Tanner and Primus are sharing snaps. The difference is Tanner's experience vs. Primus' focus on one position. Tanner, who saw action as a sophomore last season, has branched out and is playing in other spots, including secondary and receiver. Primus will focus on being a quarterback, which could give him the edge by August. In fact, Alford is trying to let as many players as possible focus on one position.

Audible: "The first day of spring practice had 75 kids out. We've got the offense we run that the kids enjoy. You have to constantly be able to adjust to these kids. They want to come to practice. What I bring to the program is a lot of energy and knowledge. I've seen the ball from three sides: college, player and referee. I am young, energetic, and I can relate to these kids." — Alford

Did you know? Alford is one of five Pasco High alumni on the staff, including Bock Harris (offensive coordinator), Allen Ziefer (defensive coordinator), Lance Smith (defensive backs) and Chris Taylor (offensive line). Of course, this registers as a whimper on the Richter scale considering former Wesley Chapel coordinators Tom McHugh (coach) and Brian Colding are with the Pirates.

Spring game: vs. Hudson, 7 p.m. May 28

2010 schedule

Aug. 27 at Fivay (preseason)

Sept. 3 vs. Clearwater Central Catholic

Sept. 10 at Hudson

Sept. 17 vs. Wiregrass Ranch

Sept 24. at Pasco

Oct. 1 vs. Mitchell

Oct. 8 vs. Sunlake

Oct. 15 at Land O'Lakes

Oct. 22 at Zephyrhills

Oct. 29 vs. Anclote

Nov. 5 at Gulf

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Spring football capsule: Wesley Chapel 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 7:22pm]
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