COACH: Matt Wicks (second season)
WHO'S BACK: FB Kris Artchchyisky, RB Travis Hendrix, LB Terrell Martin, OL/DL Jason Janus, OL/DL Tyler Grinstead, OL/DL Terry Linton, WR/DB Dondre Daley
WHO'S GONE: Brad Stewart (transfer)
KEY NEEDS: This time last year, Wicks wasn't even sure he would have enough players to go 7-on-7 and, if he did, whether he would have footballs. He ended up with 30-plus players for the Sharks' first-ever practice. With no seniors at the school, most of Anclote's 0-10 team will be back. "We will be looking at some new people at key positions," Wicks said. "And this spring gives our young players a shot at playing varsity."
SPRING GAME: May 27 vs. Gulf, 7 p.m.
COACH: Marty Williams (fourth season)
WHO'S BACK: QB/S Mitch Ritter, FB/LB Gio Perone, FB/G Issac Meyers
WHO'S GONE: C Brandon Torres
KEY NEEDS: Due to time constraints of the school year and spring sports, the Hurricanes are forgoing an actual spring game, so Williams will be treating the two weeks of spring ball as a minicamp, as he likes to call it. "There's just too many holes in the canoe," Williams said of too many position players missing, such as Ritter, who is on the baseball team. "Our spring game would just let in too much water." However, Williams returns nearly everyone, minus four-year starter Torres, who will be sorely missed on the O-line. Williams is excited to bring back many players who now have game experience, including Perone, who rushed 109 times for 534 yards and six TDs. Bishop looks to field one of its deepest and most experienced teams.
COACH: Chris Taylor (first season)
WHO'S BACK: None
WHO'S GONE: None
KEY NEEDS: It's too early to tell what kind of team Fivay will be able to assemble, drawing primarily from Hudson, Ridgewood and River Ridge. Taylor said he would be excited if 25 players are at the team's first practice Monday evening at Bayonet Point Middle School, where the program will be based until on-campus facilities open. Taylor has, however, assembled an all-star coaching staff that includes former Land O' Lakes offensive coordinator Tim White, who will serve in the same role at Fivay, as well as former Brooksville Central head coach Cliff Lohrey (defensive coordinator) and position coaches Steve Franks, Greg Dew, Matt Durchik, Matt Bulwinkel and Dan Gigantelli. "We've got to get kids to buy in to football and buy in to Fivay High School," Taylor said. "The main thing is team-building. Because they are from different schools, they may have been enemies before. We need them to be excited about playing together."
SPRING GAME: May 21, intrasquad scrimmage at Bayonet Point Middle
COACH: Jay Fulmer (fifth season)
WHO'S BACK: RB/LB Austin Jackson, RB/QB Phoenix Burr, WR/DB Julio Vega, DL/OL Jeff Kruse, DL/OL Chris Palasky, DL/OL C.J. Hart, TE/DL Nikola Visic, K Travis Jehs
WHO'S GONE: RB/LB Daryl Cooper, RB/DB Alphonso Blanch, QB/LB Madison Burr, QB/RB Tyshawn Peters (transfer), WR/HB David Ramirez, RB/DL Will Burbridge, DE/TE Leon Orr, DL/OL George Kapetanis (transfer)
KEY NEEDS: For the first time in a few years, the Buccaneers have openings at almost every position. Most of Gulf's skill position players graduated or transferred. "This year, there are a lot of positions up for grabs," Fulmer said. Gulf's three-year starting quarterback Madison Burr graduates in June and his potential replacement Tyshawn Peters, who started a few games on last year's 6-4 team, transferred to Anclote. Fulmer expects a battle at QB among Phoenix Burr, Will Fulmer and Zack Lones, a move-in transfer from Tennessee.
SPRING GAME: May 27 at Anclote, 7 p.m.
COACH: Justin Fenton (first season)
WHO'S BACK: Unknown
WHO'S GONE: QB/DB/P/K Zack Wynn, WR James Tello, RB Dylan Luke, LB Eric Bickhardt, DE Jeff Bickhardt, T Taylor Foster
KEY NEEDS: With a new coach and plenty of seniors gone from last year's team, Hudson will look nothing like the squad that made the playoffs for the third time in five seasons in 2009. Fenton's top priority is to make sure his returning players are doing well off the field. Monday's first practice will begin with an hour of study hall, followed by a half-hour in the weight room. Hudson picked up a huge transfer in former Land O' Lakes DL Gary Myrick, but Fenton said he hadn't met him or spoken to him until this week. Fenton calls his philosophy this spring "Tabula Rasa" - Latin for "clean slate" - adding, "None of your transgressions from the past will be held against you, and if you were the heir apparent to a position, so to speak, you have to prove it to a new group of people." That new group of assistants includes a few familiar faces. Keith Newton, the Cobras' defensive coordinator under former coach Mark Nash, will coach the offensive line, and Vince Ferlita will assist with running backs and special teams, as he did for Nash. New athletic director Andy Schmitz, who favors the spread formation, is the offensive coordinator, and former Mitchell assistant Jake Tavo has come over with Fenton.
SPRING GAME: May 28 at Wesley Chapel, 7 p.m.
Land O' Lakes
COACH: Matt Kitchie (second season)
WHO'S BACK: OL T.J. Chamberlain, OL John Fiore, WR Will Irwin, DT Spencer Michelson, DB Darrin Patmon, TE Jason Tello, CB Nico Watts, QB Stephen Weatherford
WHO'S GONE: LB Ben Hedblom, DE Anthony Kasperitis, OL Patrick Kronk, LB Alex Mathis, PR Andrew Moore, DL Gary Myrick, RB Tyler Peak, WR Alex Robinson, DB Chadd Williamson
KEY NEEDS: There is a slight level of a transition Land O' Lakes must endure entering the 2010 season. The Gators lost some key weapons on both sides of the ball, including Peak and Kronk. But on that same note, the squad returns offensive leader Weatherford under center as well as Michelson, a harassing defensive tackle. So what's next? "We want to come out of this spring knowing who our two-deep (players are) at every position," Kitchie said. "We want to possibly find out who our go-to guy is if we get in trouble. What I mean by trouble is if we have several injuries, sometimes two-deep isn't enough. We want to have three-deep." There has also been some flux in the coaching staff. Gone are longtime assistant Tom Carter and Tim White. Bill Gerbauer (receivers) and Rock Ridgeway (linebackers) are the lone holdovers from John Benedetto's staff. Also returning is Jason Hatcher (defensive coordinator). Patrick Corcoran (offensive line) and Ray Cibischino (defensive backs) are the new faces.
SPRING GAME: May 28 at Wiregrass Ranch, 7 p.m.
COACH: Brian Wachtel (second season)
WHO'S BACK: RB Ricky Trinidad, QB Matt Michaels, DB John Damiani, WR Dylan Buono, LB Chris Collins, DB Marcus Hicks, OL Kevin Bertram, RB Freddie Jones, DB Spencer Whitaker
WHO'S GONE: LB Dylan Lamb, OL Joe Crews, LB Hunter McIntosh, OL Ryan Brosnan, FB Leigh Andre, OL Jordan Indermuehle, DB Cory Smith, LB Anthony Moore
KEY NEEDS: Mitchell went 8-2 last year - the most wins in school history - but failed to make the playoffs in the competitive Class 3A-District 7. But the good news for Wachtel is county rushing leader Trinidad returns for his senior year, as does Michaels. Wachtel was very blunt in his spring expectations. "One word: competition," he said.
SPRING GAME: May 28 at Sunlake, 7 p.m.
COACH: Tom McHugh (fourth season)
WHO'S BACK: OL/DL Devon Alexander, DB/LB Jamie Byrd, OL Kerry Carter, RB Janarion Grant, WR/LB Tre Dudley-Giles, QB Jacob Guy, WR Hakeeme Ishmar, RB/DB Willie Jackson, OL/DL John Kilgannon, TE/LB Mark Landry, FB Clifford Phillips, OL/LB Sage Stephens, OL/DL Nick Wilson, OL/DL Chuck Wood
WHO'S GONE: K Brennan Allen, OL/DL Dan Brown, QB D.J. Clower, WR/DB Chaise Dunn, TE/LB Jake Foster, LB Chase Sellers, OL/LB Allen Wells, WR/DB Mitch Wozniak
KEY NEEDS: Although plenty of key players have evaporated from the roster via graduation, Pasco was still a team full of youth last season. The group returns a heavy bunch of players who received substantial playing time and could step right into the positions they will fill. The offense has the luxury of returning the speedy Ishmar and slick Grant. Guy should be interesting running the offense. "We've got to work hard to develop leaders to do the small things," McHugh said. "Be intense."
SPRING GAME: May 28 vs. Zephyrhills, 7 p.m.
COACH: Kent Reed (first season)
WHO'S BACK: RB/LB Ralphy Dawkins, RB/LB Cameron Rodriguez, LB Chase Zwaschka, OL/DL Chris Seltman, C Andrew Exline, OL/DL Adam Elwell, RB/LB Preston Dameron, TE/LB Zach Bradford, OL/DL Anthony Muniz, QB Scott Kujak, TE/LB Stevie Nichols
WHO'S GONE: WR/DB Nick Martino, WR/DB Tommy Kinder, OL/DL Terrance Lindsey
KEY NEEDS: Reed, an assistant at Ridgewood the past five seasons, was named coach last week. He replaces Chris Taylor, who was named coach at Fivay High, which opens in August. Reed will have some talent to work with as QB Kujak returns, as well as running backs Dawkins, Rodriguez and Dameron. The Rams will need to find replacements at wide receiver for Martino and Kinder if they hope to improve on last year's 3-7 record.
SPRING GAME: May 27 at River Ridge, 7 p.m.
COACH: Tim Stevens (fifth season)
WHO'S BACK: FB/DL Johnny Sannuto, LB Austin Schwarz, LB Kyle Bartlett
WHO'S GONE: RB Stavros Arianas, WR/DB Trevor Hooker, QB Kenny Toce, OL/DL Donovan Berardi
KEY NEEDS: Plenty of position battles will begin today as the Royal Knights get the earliest possible start they can on spring practice. Stevens said the opportunity to play Ridgewood this month is a huge benefit to his program and will go a long way toward the decisions he has to make in replacing his entire offensive backfield (all seniors last year). For the first time in several years, River Ridge has a lot of strength and experience on defense, where their two inside linebackers (Schwarz, Bartlett) are returning starters. The Knights also are deep along the offensive and defensive lines. Tyler Allberry and Josh Maisel will be vying for the quarterback position. Allberry is probably the fastest player on the team but Maisel has a slight edge as a passer. The Knights are unlikely to have a 25-carry-per-game back such as Arianas, and will look to create a rotation of two or three backs.
SPRING GAME: May 27 vs. Ridgewood, 7 p.m.
COACH: Bill Browning
WHO'S BACK: LB Chason Connell, DB/RB/WR Rashaud Daniels, QB Jacob Jackson, DB/WR Jamal Jones, FB/DL Craig King, DL Elijah Martinez, OL Nate McCoole, LB Nick Morrison, OL Josh Nobles, RB Alex Rodriguez, OL/LB Matt Sanders, LB Kyle Fraser, DL Cannon Clark, P Adrian Krupka
WHO'S GONE: DL Kyle Anderson, TE Brian Adams, DB Joe Connolly, DE Jacob Henderson, LB Leeroy Thompson, OL Dylan Lane
KEY NEEDS: Browning has good numbers returning from last year's 4-6 team, including starting QB Jackson and RB/WR Daniels. "We'll spend the spring looking for physical players," Browning said. "We will stress fundamentals and contact."
SPRING GAME: May 28 vs. Mitchell, 7 p.m.
COACH: Ben Alford (first season)
WHO'S BACK: WR/DB John Ayers, LB Jacob Fisher, RB Devin Piper, QB Keegan Tanner
WHO'S GONE: TE/RB Chris Pierre-Charles, RB Jon Mahan, C R.J. Nixon, FB/LB Emmanuel Roque
KEY NEEDS: Wesley Chapel will spend a decent of amount of time not only working on a new offense and a retooled defense, but Alford also wants to tighten up on fundamentals. Last season 3-7 squad had just 17 completions. Part of that was due to youth at quarterback and another was due to the offensive scheme. Those days are over. "That can be done in one game," said Alford, a former Pasco High quarterback. "So we plan on opening it up a little bit. Defensively, we're going to try and keep it really simple for the kids, but offensively, we're going to try and opening it up for the kids, try and make them successful." The coaching staff has also undergone a transformation. Allen Ziefer (defensive coordinator), 14-year NFL veteran James Jones (offensive line), Tom Hackworth (offensive line), Sean Phillips (receivers), Lance Smith (receivers/defensive backs) and Christopher Taylor (offensive/defensive lines) round out the new staff.
SPRING GAME: May 28 vs. Hudson, 7 p.m.
COACH: Jeremy Shobe (second season)
WHO'S BACK: DL Chase Belisle, WR Donavon Blackman, OL Jared Cameli, Tanner Carey, DE Dwayne Houston, OL Dylan James, DL Dylan Koesling, RB Nick Lomba, DB Antwan Prince, DL Noah Ravenna, DB Jon Robbins, DL Jonathon Sanders, OL Brandon Teeling, QB James Tringali, DB Rudy Walker, OL Travis Whiddon
WHO'S GONE: CB Yemi Adetutu, WR Blake Burch, P Logan Burstiner, OL Ryan Diaz, K James Esoff, DL Kasey Hess, RB Josh Johnson, LB Malik Moss, LB Solomon Muhammad, DB Assad Nevel
KEY NEEDS: The Bulls are coming off a program-best 5-5 season, but Shobe doesn't want his group to be satisfied with that. He'd rather the returning players learn from and build upon that recent success. "One thing is leadership," Shobe said as an area that needs a boost. "Have players step up and fill that leadership role and establish the best work ethic we ever had. We want to just build on last year's success and improve in every aspect of the game."
SPRING GAME: May 28 vs. Land O' Lakes, 7 p.m.
COACH: Reggie Roberts (first season)
WHO'S BACK: OL/DE Frank Morrison, RB Jamal Roberts
WHO'S GONE: WR/DB Josh Geiger, RB/LB Ben Williams
KEY NEEDS: Reggie Roberts, a former Bulldogs football player, takes over after the long tenure of Tom Fisher, and a year in limbo with a fired coach and two co-head coaches. Roberts inherits talent here and there, including getting a big transfer from rival Pasco. Former Pirates RB/DB Jacolby O'Neal, who had 29 rushes for 173 yards as a sophomore, comes over and is expected to make an immediate impact on both sides of the ball. Though Roberts admits he still has to answer some question marks on his young team, he also expects to get plenty of eighth-graders to fill holes as freshmen. He won't call it a rebuilding year, but tags is as a "building year," one that will set the foundation for the team down the road.
SPRING GAME: May 28 at Pasco, 7 p.m.
Eddie Daniels, Mike Camunas,
Rick Harmon, Bart O'Connell