"California is really strange, the JUCOs there," Franklin told the Monroe News-Star. "You've got so many good skill guys that there's just as many that don't get scholarships as those that do. I've had success out there finding guys — at Troy, at Middle (Tennessee) and here. There are guys that are left over every year so you really don't have to panic because you can find guys that are really good players like Taulib (Ikharo) that are left over."
Taulib Ikharo has been the most productive of the three new Bulldogs so far. After catching 54 passes for 690 yards and 7 touchdowns last year for Laney College, Ikharo leads the team with 6 receptions and 83 yards.
"A lot of those California junior colleges are throwing the ball around a lot, so he was a real productive player, and he was one of those guys where we had a pretty good idea of what we were getting when we took him. And I think that was key for us," Bulldogs Head Coach Sonny Dykes told the Monroe News-Star.
Ray Holley had the most impressive numbers in junior college out of the three new Bulldogs. He rushed 311 times doe 1457 yards and 18 touchdowns at Orange Coast College. He had a 4.7 yards per carry average last season and has improved that number to 5.0 so far this season. Holley has 7 rushes for 35 yards and 3 catches for 26 yards for Louisiana Tech.
Holley's hard running style and work ethic has already won over the coaching staff and is starting to get the attention of the fans. Tarik Hakmi got the attention of Bulldog fans last week. Hakmi was 6 of 8 for 93 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M. He also ran for a touchdown.
Hakmi, a 6'3" quarterback from Foothill College, was 75 for 133 in 6 starts last year as he threw for 999 yards and seven touchdowns. The sophomore only threw two interceptions in 2009.
With Coach Dykes and Coach Franklin admitting early on that it would take time to install their offense, they got a head start when they added the three players from California over the summer. With their experience in a spread offense, Ikharo, Holley, and Hakmi have added not only depth to the team, but a little much needed firepower to the offense.