Saturday, July 19, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 85 Osceola

85. Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.)

Last season’s record: 14-1, Class 5A runner-up

Coach: Jeff Rolson

Key players: DB/RB Jansen Watson (5-9, 175, Sr.), DE B.J. Butler (6-3, 230, Jr.), LB Anthony Gandy (6-1, 205, Jr.), LB Marc Deas (6-1, 185, Jr.), OL Ricky Archer (6-3, 265, Sr.)

Biggest strength: Young but experienced defense

Question mark: Young and inexperienced offense

Outlook: In last year’s 5A championship game loss to St. Thomas Aquinas, Osceola started eight sophomores on defense. That young and talented nucleus of players will carry the Kowboys early in the year while a largely inexperienced offense comes together. Butler, who has started since his freshman year, had six sacks a year ago and Gandy had eight. Deas recorded 110 tackles. Rolson is 22-4 in two years at Osceola after taking over a program that had endured back-to-back losing seasons.

Toughest games: Aug. 29 at Palm Bay, Oct. 24 at Lake Gibson, Nov. 7 vs. Lakeland

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