2011 Team Preview: Navarro

For the past several years, Navarro has been one of the top JUCO programs in the country. This season should be no different as head coach Nick Bobeck and his staff are loaded on both sides of the ball once again and with the talent on hand there is a good chance the Bulldogs could be playing for a National Championship when it's all said and done...

Last year's Navarro squad went 11-1 and beat Butler 13-12, claiming the second NJCAA Championship and this year's team is poised to be just as good if not better.

QB Desmond Green has moved on, so Adrian Nelson, a 6'3", 200-pound gun-slinger, will be at the helm of the Bulldog offensive attack.

Two of Nelson's top targets will be Marquez Clark and Robert Primes who both played extensively in 2010.

Freshman Eddie Johnson is a young man to watch with his 6'3, 220-pound frame and legitimate 4.5 speed.

Keeping Nelson upright while paving the way for a running game that put up over 185 yards rushing per contest last fall will be Mitchell Bell, Aleon Calhoun, Tavon Rooks and Delmar Taylor who are all athletic and getting attention from schools across the country.

The defensive side of the ball features several players who could end up being the top JUCO prospects at their positions this year.

DT Calvin Barnett, a Tulsa (Ok.) native who posted , uses his outstanding size and quick first step to really cause problems from his nose tackle spot while Joey Searcy uses his bulk and athleticism to be a real factor as a pass-rusher posting 23 tackles and three sacks in 2010.

DT Bubba Vactor is probably the top interior pass-rusher for the Bulldogs and posted 29 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a freshman in 2010.

All three are interchangeable up front and all three will be highly sought-after prospects this season.

This season Navarro will have two bouncebacks at the defensive end position and both were highly recruited out of high school.

Tevin Mims comes over from Texas while Chris Martin enrolled this summer after spending two years at Florida.

Both have outstanding size and long arms and both have the capability of getting to the quarterback.

All three of the starters at linebacker are likely to see their stock rise this fall and they will be relied upon to make plays all over the field.

In the middle is Austin Moss, a real thumper inside, while Earnest Norman and Chris Young are both athletic and sideline-to-sideline players.

S Jeremy Mcknight returns to solidify a young, but talented secondary. As a freshman last fall, the gifted defensive back posted 14 tackles and two interceptions from his strong safety position and he should put up big numbers this fall with the amount of talent around him.

Butler begins their season tonight when they take on Butler at home in a rematch of last season's championship game and then travels to face Georgia Military College over the Labor Day weekend.


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