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Football: Servite is back at practice

June 27, 2011 |  8:56 am

Anaheim Servite, the two-time defending Pac-5 Division champions, took 23 days off from football workouts as part of its mandatory dead period, and the Friars are scheduled to return to workouts Monday afternoon.

"I'm excited to get going with our team," Coach Troy Thomas said.

It's not as if players didn't do anything this month. The weight room was open for voluntary workouts, and lots of players were coming in four days a week.

Quarterback Cody Pittman, who should be one of the best in the Southern Section, visited camps at Brown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Boston College and the Air Force.

Servite won't be participating in any passing tournaments during the summber but will have weekly Wednesday passing competitions at its campus.

While some publications are ranking teams ahead of the Friars in their preseason forecasts, I'm sticking with Servite as the team to beat. With Pittman, linebacker Butch Pauu, lineman Travis Averill and a group of promising young players, Servite should do just fine this fall facing its usual tough nonleague schedule and Trinity League challenges.

-- Eric Sondheimer