WHAT ARE THE PATRIOTS DOING?
Getting bigger physically and trying to establish a running game, not to mention a run defense.
What they're saying about the Patriots
Coach Lane McLaughlin "We'll average over 200 pounds everywhere but one spot (on the offensive line). ... We've got 230-pound bookends, tackle to tackle."
Coach Lane McLaughlin "We're going to run the ball more obviously, because we're bigger."
Hernando Christian coach David Raley "First off, they have probably, hands down, the best quarterback in the league."
Hernando Christian coach David Raley "(Quarterback) Billy Embody is very special and it builds from there because he can run and throw and do amazing things because he scrambles so well."
RB/FS Darius Bing "We've got some bigger people. Our line should be a lot better this year so maybe Billy and I can have more time to see what's going on."
Friday Night Rewind The Patriots probably could own the Sunshine State Athletic Conference if they had more depth. But they don't.
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Patriots we'll be following on Fridays
QB Billy Embody Prolific passer has drawn the attention of the Ivy and Patriot leagues.
RB/FS Darius Bing Totaled nearly 1,000 yards in '08 and tallied a team-high 159 tackles.
OT/MLB Mak Djulbegovic This 6-6, 245-pound Bosnia native is "angry" this year, coach says.
SS/WR Deuce Gruden Jon's stocky son (175 pounds) bench presses 100 pounds more than his body weight.
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Tweet and sour
Why the Patriots will win the SSAC
Everyone - and we mean everyone - stays healthy, and the porous run defense improves greatly.
Why the Patriots may not make the SSAC final
Injuries. Only one or two could doom a roster this tiny.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer
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Coach: Lane McLaughlin (second season, 3-7)
District: Independent (competes in Sunshine State Athletic Conference)
Colors: Red, white, black
Stadium: Unnamed. 1515 Bearss Ave.
Playoff history: None.