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“We’re mul­ti­ple just as much, prob­a­bly, on de­fense as we are on of­fense,” Hurst said. “That’s a tes­ta­ment to the kids and to our staff that they’re go­ing to get the guys ready to play.”

Grif­feth re­turns at line­backer af­ter lead­ing the team in tack­les a year ago. John­son had a big 2011 at free safety, and will as­sume the same role in 2012.

An­other player Hurst is look­ing for­ward to see get to work this sea­son is Napoleon John­son.

John­son had big con­tri­bu­tion on spe­cial teams for the Ea­gles last year and has been voted one of the team’s cap­tains. This sea­son, he will continue to play on spe­cial teams but will be counted on more at line­backer and tight end.

The de­fense will look to lead East­side in a new re­gion as it steps up to Class AAAA af­ter play­ing in AAA a year ago. To do that it will look to blend new play­ers in with its few starters.

“We have back five starters so, are we in­ex­pe­ri­enced? Yes,” Hurst said.

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East­side will continue to run the ball in 2012 but will do so with a dif­fer­ent tempo as the Ea­gles go to a no-hud­dle of­fense.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

East­side will switch from tra­di­tional green hel­mets to sil­ver this sea­son.

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