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August 23, 2013

Logan is in Year 2 of Urban development

Berries shooting for improvement following one-win season in 2012.

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“Our backfield has some explosiveness with Shelton, Record and Eastburn,” Urban said.

Backups Jacob Brown (jr, 5-11, 170) and Austin Gaby (sr, 5-10, 170) also saw some varsity time a year ago. Backup fullback Jeff Blanton (jr, 5-9, 175) is a good short-yardage option, said Urban.

The Logan coach said the wide receiver spots are were up for grabs in the preseason.

“At wide receiver we have no experience at the varsity level. We have a lot of guys competing for it,” he said.

Urban’s offense typically will utilize two wideouts and no tight end. He said Matt Karnafel (jr, 5-10, 165) will be at tight end when one is employed.

Alex Emmerd (sr, 6-5, 265) is the only returning starter on the offensive line. He was a state qualifier in the discus in track and will play at left guard on the line.

At left tackle will be first-year varsity player Brian Perez, a senior. Josh Hotsinpiller, another senior, is back out for football after a one-year break and is the starting center. Caleb Sell, a junior is another starter that took a one-year hiatus from football. He’ll be at right guard.

“He’s big and tall and has the body to be a lineman at the next level, it’s a matter of how hard he wants to work at it,” Urban said.

Deon Coburn (jr, 6-0, 225) will start at right tackle.

“He has unlimited potential as an offensive lineman. We’ve got some juniors on our line so we’ve got them for two more years,” Urban said.

The Berries also hope to be an improved team on the defensive side of the ball although they did lose leading tackler Braxton Berkshire, who is now playing for Heidelberg College in Ohio.

“That’s been a focus of emphasis,” Urban said. “It starts up front on the defensive line where we’ve got Eric Deford (jr, 6-0, 285), a big guy in the middle. Jose Salinas (sr, 6-0, 220) was an offensive tackle last year and this year will be at defensive tackle. Our defensive ends are Tyler Prentice (jr, 5-10, 180) and Jeff Blanton.”

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