A Look Back: The Newcomers

The Wildcats played a number of first year players this season. From true freshmen to junior college transfers, there were plenty of guys making their collegiate debuts and a more than a few made an impact.

Earl Mitchell The true freshman fullback did not put up huge numbers but was an invaluable member of the offensive. He was mostly used as a blocker at TE. H-back and FB but did get some touches, most notably the long touchdown catch against Oregon. Mitchell played in all 12 games, carried four times for seven yards and had nine catches for 136 yards and a score.

Cam Nelson Nelson played in all 12 games mostly on special teams. The true freshman had seven tackles this season. Next year he should contend for time at either safety or corner.

Terrell Reese Reese played sparingly and had no statistics to his credit. He did have a drop against USC. He should see far more time next year at wide out.

Terrell Turner Turner saw more time than Reese, but still played sparingly. He had one catch for seven yards. He played in seven games.

Devin Ross Ross played in 11 games, mostly on special teams but did see more and more work at corner back as the season progressed. Next year he could factor both at defensive back and as a kick returner as he has great speed. He had seven tackles this season, rushed once for 11 yards on a fake punt and ran back two kicks, each for over 30 yards.

Daniel Borg Borg was a part time starter on the offensive line, seeing time at both guard spots. He was named All-Pac-10 Academic and should be a starter next season.

Xavier Smith Smith played in 11 games but only carried the ball 23 times for 120 yards. He averaged over five yards a carry and did not have a negative rush. He had one catch for seven yards but did have a few drops this season. He should continue to push Chris Henry and Chris Jennings for carries next year.

Xavier Kelley Kelley saw time at both linebacker and special teams. He had eight tackles this season.

Blake Kerley Kerley started every game at center and by the end of the year was playing very good football.

Terry Longbons Longbons played sparingly if at all this season. He had no statistics.

Corey Hall Hall played in all 12 games this season, mostly on special teams but he did see significant action in the Cal game and had a pick and two pass break-ups. For the year he had four tackles.

Eben Britton Britton started every game at right tackle and was probably the Wildcats' best offensive lineman. He was named honorable mention All-Conference.

Chris Jennings Jennings came from nowhere and wound up being the Wildcats' second leading rusher. He started a handful of games in the middle of the season and saw action in all but one contest. He finished with 451 yards and three scores on the ground plus seven catches for 30 yards. The walk-on will again contend for a starting job next year.

Louis Holmes Holmes came in with a ton of hype and played pretty well. The JC transfer played in all 12 games. He led the Cats with five sacks, four QB hurries and was tied for the team lead with a pair of forced fumbles. All told he had 36 tackles, five of them for a loss.

Donald Horton Horton played in eight games this past season and was a solid presence on the defensive line. He did battle some injuries towards the end of the year and finished with five tackles and a forced fumble.

Kyle McQuown The transfer from Idaho State began the year as the team's starting punter but lost the job for good after the Stephen F. Austin game. He averaged 34 yards on three kicks and was the holder on place kicks.

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