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Putting It All on the Line

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Steve Soto strains to squat 280 pounds compared with the 360 he says he could handle before he injured his hamstring. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Steve Soto massages his leg after a run during a summer session workout at Valencia High School. He injured his hamstring the day before and tried to keep it from the coaches. It was finally noticed when he began favoring the leg. The injury sidelined him for two weeks. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Steve Soto ices his leg following a summer session workout at Valencia High School as teammate Robert Leal ices his shoulder. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Steve Soto, a defensive lineman for Valencia High School, is a hard worker looking to be a starter. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Steve Soto weighs himself at home following a summer session workout at school. His weight is 209 1/2 pounds but he wants to be 220 when the football season starts. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Assistant coach Jeff Kirchhoff (left), teammate Robert Leal and Steve Soto share a funny moment they had coaching young players during the summer football youth camp at Valencia High School. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Steve Soto, a defensive lineman for Valencia High School, gets instructions from assistant head coach Joe Monteleone during a workout. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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Steve Soto (right) joins in a post-practice huddle, having run through drills for the next day’s scrimmage game. The senior is hoping to be a starter when the season begins. (Myung J. Chun / LAT)
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