2000 JC Transfer All-Americans

JCFootball.com is proud to present its 1st annual JC Transfer All-American Team. The All-American team is comprised of 25 former JCs playing at the next level. Players were chosen by the editors of JCFootball.com with input from fans and from the publisher of J.C. Grid-Wire, Hank Ives.

 

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2000 JC TRANSFER ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

Each of the selected players started the majority of their team's games and made significant contributions on the football field. To be eligible, athletes were required to be playing their first season at a division one university.


FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK

Travis Cole (6-3, 204)
Four-year school:
Minnesota
Attended: Foothill College
Quick Facts: In 9 games, Cole was 131-223 (58.7%) for 1,780 yards with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also rushed for 275 yards on 65 carries and scored 4 TDs. At Foothill College he threw for 5,136 yards and 58 touchdowns during his two seasons. Passed for 27 touchdowns in 1999. Was first-team All-Conference his sophomore season.

RUNNING BACKS

Rudi Johnson
Four-year school:
Auburn
JC Attended: Butler County
Quick Facts: Set a school record with ten 100-yard games in a season, breaking the record of eight set by Bo Jackson in his 1985 Heisman season. Rushed for 1,567 yards which ranked second on the Auburn single-season chart. Ranked ninth in the nation and first in the SEC in rushing, averaging 130.58 yards a game. More than 800 of his yards were earned after contact. Had five runs of 40 yards or more this season. Rushed for 150 yards or more four times which is the most in a season since 1986. Scored six touchdowns on runs of 20-yards or more. Accounted for 36.6 percent of Auburn's offense this season. Scored 13 touchdowns which tied for fifth on the single-season list. Awards almost too numerous to list: Voted the SEC Player of the Year by conference coaches; unanimous selection to the Coaches' All-SEC First-Team; Associated Press SEC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-SEC selection; semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. At Butler County CC he helped lead the Grizzlies to two national titles. In the 1999 NJCAA Title Game he rushed for 375 yards on 40 carries and seven touchdowns. Most Valuable Player of both 1998 and 1999 national championship games. Rushed for 2,224 yards on 306 carries (7.3 avg) and 31 touchdowns as a sophomore and nearly 4,000 yards during his two seasons. Named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year and Jayhawk Conference Back of the Year. Was a first-team JC Grid-Wire All-American. *Declared early for the 2001 NFL draft.

Maurice Morris (6-0, 205)
Four-year school: Oregon
JC Attended: Fresno City College
Quick Facts: In 11 games, Morris rushed for 1,217 yards on 260 attempts and scored 8 touchdowns. He also had 18 catches for 104 yards and 1 touchdown. At Fresno City College he was a two-time J.C. Grid-Wire All-American and eclipsed national junior college career records with 3,708 yards rushing, 593 carries and 4,487 all-purpose yards. In addition, he surpassed Fresno City College's school records for most rushing touchdowns in a single season (26, 1998) as well as career TDs rushing (45) and overall (49). Ran for 1,623 yards (6.12 avg.) and 19 scores during the '99 regular season to rank fourth in the country (162.3 avg.) and third in scoring (132 points).

WIDE RECEIVERS

Robert Ferguson (6-2, 210)
Four-year school:
Texas A&M
JC Attended: Tyler JC
Quick Facts: Posted team-leading totals with 58 receptions, 885 receiving yards, and 6 touchdown receptions. His 58 catches ranked No. 3 in school history, his 885 receiving yards ranked No. 1 and his touchdown tied for No. 4. Earned first-team All-Big 12 conference honors and Newcomer of the Year honors with a great first season. Big 12 leader in receptions per game and ranked No. 2 in receiving yards per game. Ferguson was named the team's offensive MVP. At Tyler JC, Ferguson earned all-conference honors his sophomore year after hauling in 36 passes for 539 yards and 3 touchdowns. *Declared early for the 2001 NFL draft.

Chad Johnson (6-0, 190)
Four-year school:
Oregon State
JC Attended: Santa Monica C.C.
Quick Facts: In twelve games Johnson, who only had one season of D1 eligibility, had 37 catches for 806 yards and 8 touchdowns (long of 97). All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. At Santa Monica C.C. he hauled in 63 balls for 862 yards and 6 touchdowns during his sophomore season. He was also a unanimous selection to the All-WSC first team that same year. This Johnson is a cousin of Keyshawn Johnson, who played at West Los Angeles College before starring at USC. NOTE: Has excelled in the post-season senior bowls and is projected to be a high draft pick.

TIGHT END

Jeremy Shockey (6-5, 240)
Four-year school:
Miami
JC Attended: NE Oklahoma A&M
Quick Facts: Shockey, who was set to be a Pre-Season JC All-American in 2000, departed NE Oklahoma (NEO) after just one season to join the Hurricanes. Caught 21 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Averaged 14.1 yards per reception for the season and played in 10 of 11 regular season games. Earned first-team All-Big East honors. Shockey was named to Sports Illustrated's 2000-01 All-Bowl Team that was featured in the magazine's January 8 issue. He had four catches for 47 yards and one touchdown against Florida.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Howard Duncan (6-3, 299)
Four-year school:
Oklahoma
JC Attended: Butler County
Quick Facts: Duncan started eleven games for the national champions in 2000. Ten of his starts were at left guard. His first start was against the Texas Longhorns against whom he turned in a dominant performance. At Butler County C.C. he made first-team All-Jayhawk Conference and first-team JC Grid-Wire All-American in 1999. A two-year starter at left tackle for BCCC. Started 24 straight games and helped team to an overall 23-1 record and two national championships during his career.

Steve Edwards (6-5, 345)
Four-year school:
Central Florida
JC Attended: West Hills
Quick Facts: Edwards made an immediate impact for UCF, earning the starting strong-guard position. He started the first eight games of the year before being sidelined with an ankle sprain. He had a winning grade (80 percent or better) in eight of the nine games he played with his best game coming against Virginia Tech when he graded out at 87 percent. After a shaky start with three sacks in the opener against Georgia Tech, he was responsible for only a third of a sack the rest of the year. He had a total of 55 knockdowns on the year with a season high 11 against Eastern Michigan. He suffered an ankle sprain against Louisiana-Monroe and missed the Alabama and Louisiana Tech games. He returned to action against Virgina Tech. After his sophomore season at West Hills College he was named second-team JC Grid-Wire All-American and first-team All-Conference.

Courtney Lee (6-4, 320)
Four-year school:
Mississippi State
JC Attended: Blinn College
Quick Facts: Started all 12 games at left guard, a streak that includes the Sanford Independence Bowl. Generally improved his play as the year progressed, but seemed to play his best against State¹s top competition. Graded out at 78 percent for the season and recorded seven pancake blocks. Tallied an 82 percent grade with four of his pancakes coming in the final five weeks of the regular season. His aggressive nature went on display from the opening of spring drills and carried throughout the four-week session. Opened two-a-day drills at the top of the MSU Bulldog depth chart at offensive left guard. At Blinn College he earned first-team JC Grid-Wire All-American and first-team All-Conference in 1999.

Tommy Watson (6-4, 303)
Four-year school:
Mississippi State
JC Attended: Copiah-Lincoln C.C.
Quick Facts: Made a quick transition to major college football during the spring and showed that he was ready for substantial duty on the offensive line. Opened fall drills at the top of the depth chart at right offensive guard following his transfer from junior college. Started all 12 games for Mississippi State at offensive right guard during his junior season, a streak that includes the 2000 Sanford Independence Bowl. Gradual growth along the offensive line was reflected in his seasonal blocking grades. Averaged a 74 percent grade through the season's first four weeks, tallied 80 percent during back-to-back games in the middle of the MSU schedule, and finished the season with an 86 percent score in the team's final five weeks. That maturation also showed in his physical dominance along the front. After recording just one pancake block during the season's first six weeks, he had eight pancakes during the year's final five weekends. At Copiah-Lincoln he was named to the All-Region team after his sophomore season. Played his freshman season at Middle Georgia College.

Lorenzo White (6-5, 340)
Four-year school: Iowa State
JC Attended: Blinn College
Quick Facts: White started in all 12 games for ISU in 2000. Remarkably, he played every offensive play and started on the field goal and PAT teams. He did not give up a sack the entire year. Whites excellent performance helped the Cyclones to win 9 games, the most in school history, including a first ever bowl victory over Pitt. At Blinn College, he made second-team All-Conference after his sophomore season.

PLACEKICKER

PK Vladimir Borombozin (5-10, 175)
Four-year school:
New Mexico
JC Attended: West Hills
Quick Facts: In his first season Borombozin was 10-15 on field goals (long of 49) and 21 of 25 on PATs. Honorable-mention All-American at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif. where he hit 14 of 18 FGs his sophomore year and 24 of 33 in his career for the Falcons.

Honorable Mention Offensive Players:

QB Rudy Caamano, New Mexico (Mt. San Antonio); QB Ryan Tracey, Connecticut (Citrus); RB Josh Scobey, Kansas State (NE Oklahoma A&M); RB Adam Tate, Utah (Mt. San Antonio); RB Dameon Hunter, Utah (Chaffey); RB David Minnich, Washington State (Mt. San Jacinto); RB Brian McDonald, BYU (Cerritos); WR David Bautista, Bowling Green (Cerritos); WR Roger Ross, Kansas (Garden City); WR Donnie O'Neal, Arizona State (Coffeyville); WR Javon Walker, Florida State (Jones County); WR Edell Shepherd, San Jose State (West Los Angeles); WR Rashied Davis, San Jose State (West Los Angeles); WR Derek Swafford, California (Ventura); OL David Moreno, San Diego St. (Palomar); OL Tywoin Breaux, Louisiana Tech (Ranger); OL Neil Hannifin, Colorado (Cerritos); TE Scott Asai, Nevada (Phoenix); TE Brian Gelt, SDSU (Glendale, CA); PK Adam Stiles, Baylor (Butler County)




FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Torrance Heggie (6-5, 220)
Four-year school:
Rutgers
JC Attended: Ventura College
Quick Facts: Over the course of 10 games, Heggie registered 64 tackles (41 unassisted; 10 for loss), 5 sacks, 3 pass break-ups, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery from his defensive end spot. At the JC level he was a two-time All-Western State Conference selection. During his sophomore year he recorded 45 tackles (4 TFL), 15 sacks, caused six fumbles, and broke up five passes. Had 60 tackles, 14 sacks and caused 10 fumbles as a freshman.

Anton Palepoi (6-4, 275)
Four-year school:
UNLV
JC Attended: Dixie College
Quick Facts: In 12 games, Palepoi had 37 tackles (25 unassisted plus 11 TFL and 8 sacks). He was on both the JC Grid-Wire and NJCAA All-American teams in 1999.

Marcus Roberson (6-4, 285)
Four-year school:
Washington
JC Attended: Mt. San Antonio College
Quick Facts: Roberson came up with 27 tackles (13 unassisted with 8 for loss), 6 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles for the Rose Bowl Champions. Earned first-team All-Mission Conference (North) honors his sophomore season at Mt. San Antonio after registering 62 tackles, including 26 solo stops, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 3 pass break-ups, 2 fumble recoveries, and 3 forced fumbles.

Javor Mills (6-4, 253)
Four-year school:
Auburn
JC Attended: Holmes C.C.
Quick Facts: Mills started nine games at defensive end. Had 36 total tackles (26 unassisted). Led team with 16 quarterback hurries and tied for second on the team with six tackles for loss. His sophomore year at Holmes C.C. he had 115 tackles, including 68 solo stops, four sacks, eight tackles for loss, 22 quarterback hurries, two caused fumbles, one pass broken up, and three blocked kicks.

LINEBACKERS

Justin Eilers (6-2, 255)
Four-year school:
Iowa State
JC Attended: Butte College
Quick Facts: One year removed from Butte, Justin Eilers earned a starting OLB position with Iowa State. He ended up with 45 tackles (25 unassisted) plus one fumble recovery. In 1999, Eilers was first-team All-California and first-team All-NorCal Conference. Led the Butte defense with 71 tackles, one interception and six sacks his sophomore year and tallied 65 tackles, one interception and six sacks as a freshman

Dylan Robles (6-1, 225)
Four-year school:
San Diego State
JC Attended: Palomar College
Quick Facts: Robles was sixth on the team in tackles with 63 (44 unassisted). Additionally, Robles racked up 10 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and had one fumble recovery. Selected as a 1999 J.C. Gridwire honorable mention All-American...Selected by coaches as a first team all-state pick and a first-team all-Mission Conference selection, despite missing three games...Mission Conference defensive player of the year in 1999.

Rod Taylor (6-2, 245)
Four-year school:
UAB
JC Attended: East Mississippi CC
Quick Facts: During the season Taylor registered 54 tackles (28 unassisted), 8 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and forced one fumble. At East Mississippi C.C. he earned first-team All-Conference honors following an excellent sophomore season.

Shanga Wilson (6-1, 215)
Four-year school:
UNLV
JC Attended: Chaffey College
Quick Facts: Wilson seemingly came out of nowhere and finished second on the team in tackles during his first season at UNLV. In 12 games, he registered 74 tackles (45 unassisted; 4 for losses). Was somewhat of an unknown at Chaffey College although he received many accolades coming out of high school.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Garret Pavelko (6-0, 195)
Four-year school:
San Diego State
JC Attended: Palomar College
Quick Facts: From his starting safety position Pavelko recorded 62 tackles (36 unassisted) to go with 4 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery. At Palomar he was named first-team All-American by J.C. Gridwire. Also a first-team all-state choice and all-conference player. Led Palomar in tackles in 1999 with 95, caused four fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and intercepted three passes.

Lenny Walls (6-4, 191)
Four-year school:
Boston College
JC Attended: CC of San Francisco
Quick Facts: In eleven games, Walls recorded 42 tackles (33 solo), 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, and a fumble recovery from his CB spot. Joined the Eagles after spending the 1999-2000 academic year at the City College of San Francisco, where he helped lead the football team to a 12-0 record and the 1999 junior college national championship. Played the 1998 season for head coach Mike Rasmussen at St. Mary's (Calif.) College. Joins his twin brother, Kenny, at Boston College; Kenny is a junior on the Eagles' basketball team. At CCSF he was named first-team All-Conference in 1999.

Alex Wallace (5-10, 169)
Four-year school:
San Jose State
JC Attended: Bakersfield College
Quick Facts: In 11 games, Wallace recorded 39 tackles (28 unassisted), had 1 TFL, and had 3 interceptions for a whopping 120 yards. After his sophomore season at Bakersfield College he was named first-team All-WSC. He also made the California All-American team and JC Grid-Wire All-American second team.

Jermaine Chatman (5-11, 167)
Four-year school:
Arizona
JC Attended: Pasadena CC
Quick Facts: The opportunistic corner had 34 tackles (27 unassisted), 3 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, plus 3 interceptions.

PUNTER

Alan Cox (6-2, 194)
Four-year school:
Washington State
JC Attended: Snow College
Quick Facts: Cox averaged 38.4 yards per kick on 71 punts during his first season with the Cougars. At Snow College he earned junior college All-America honors after averaging 43.7 yards on 38 punts, with a long of 69 yards. A two-time All-WSFL selection.

Honorable Mention Defensive Players:

DE Andrew Brigham, San Diego State (Mesa); DE Cornelius Green, Miami (Kilgore); DE Ervin Holloman, Kansas (Garden City); LB Kennard Ellis, Florida (SW Mississippi); LB Tyrone Tucker, Iowa State (CCSF); S Kevin McAdam, Virginia Tech (Grossmont); S Willie Adams, San Jose State (Citrus); CB Torrey Hale, UAB (East Mississippi); CB DeMarcus Faggins, Kansas State (Navarro); CB Chris Cash, Southern California (Palomar); P Jeremy Flores, Colorado (Scottsdale)

 


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