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What are the Titans doing?

Riding a horse named Hagens to what they hope will be the greatest season in program history.

Networking What they're saying about the Titans

Coach C.C. Culpepper "When I first took over here people said this program wasn't going to go far, nobody could make a change here. The kids took that as a challenge, my coaches took it as a challenge."

Coach C.C. Culpepper "I'm very happy with (the defense) on paper. I have yet to see us play a game with all our guys."

Plant coach Robert Weiner "We know they're very, very physical and talented across the board. We expect that (Sept. 4 opener) to be a huge game for us and marking point for where we stand."

CB Derrick McCray "This year we're looking for revenge (vs. Armwood). We think we're better than what we were last year."

CB Derrick McCray "We're for real this year, because we've got better players on offense, better players on defense. Special teams are better, the coaching's better."

Friday Night Rewind It wouldn't shock us in the least if the Titans defeated Plant in the season opener. We're not saying it will happen, just that it wouldn't shock us.

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A few Titans we'll be following on Fridays

FB Maurice Hagens This monstrous, Miami-bound wrecking ball has run for nearly 2,400 yards in two seasons

QB Jonathan Williams The Titans' 2008 backup seems intelligent and well-schooled in the wing-T

LB Tim Stewart Sturdy junior anchors what is arguably east Hillsborough's best linebacker corps

S Jerome Speights Had three interceptions, seven pass deflections in 2008

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Tweet and sour

Why the Titans will make the playoffs

Will Win If

Because everything about them (running game, defense, coaching) is stout, and their district is small.

Why the Titans may not make the playoffs

Will Lose If In Week 2, Hagens suddenly decides to quit football and take up needlepoint.

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