Prospect Preview: Phoenix College

Phoenix College Assistant Head Coach, Loren Dawson, took a few minutes to fill us in on some his top returning players for next season. The Bears are coming off a 3-7 season -- including a near win over national champs Glendale -- with hopes of improving. It could be tough on offense, though, as only one starter returns.

Here's a look at Phoenix's top prospects heading into fall:


2001 Prospect Report

DT Nick Mangosing
Ht/Wt: 6-5, 300
Forty: 4.98
Grad. Date: 12/01
Eligibility: 2 x 2

"20 division ones are all over him. He was the hot topic during spring drills," said Dawson of Mangosing.

Coming out of Apollo HS in Glendale, Mangosing was a highly touted FB/TE, who weighed 250 pounds. He signed with Purdue over the home state schools and redshirted as a freshman. After one season in West Lafayette, where he was switched to defense, the big man returned to Phoenix to work on his academics.

At PC last fall he became a force on the defensive line. He has incredible feet for such a big man, which can partially be attributed to his basketball playing days at Apollo. Look for an All-Conference performance from Mangosing in 2001.

His academics are coming along very nicely, too.

S Armand Woodson
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 190
Forty: 4.8
Grad. Date: 12/01
Eligibility: 3 x 2

"D1 guys love his instincts, his backpeddle. He led the team in tackles as a freshman," Dawson said of his fine safety prospect, Armand Woodson.

The younger brother of Dallas Cowboy star, Darren Woodson, is starting to make a name for himself in the WSFL. Last year he had 4 interceptions to go along with all the tackles. "He breaks on the ball very well," said Dawson. "And he plays much faster than his forty time. He's very fluid. Smooth."

Woodson played at Sunnyslope HS in Phoenix.

OLB Ricky Lowry
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 215
Forty: 4.75
Grad. Date: 12/01
Eligibility: 2 x 2

SW Baptist University was the first college to land OLB Ricky Lowry, who is originally from Marshfield, MO. After a short stint there he brought his 6-1, 195-pound frame to Phoenix College. He lives with relatives who are in the area.

"He has added 25 to 30 pounds since he arrived here," said Coach Dawson. "He does extra work outs, extra running. You wish you had more guys like him. He has the best power clean on the team at 305 pounds."

Lowry has exceptional speed for a linebacker and is also very intelligent. He will graduate in December and have two years to play two at a division one school.

DE Ben Bowlen
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 250
Forty: 4.99
Grad. Date: 12/01
Eligibility: 2 x 2

Ben Bowlen, another Apollo HS grad, came to Phoenix College in 1999. The first year was rough as he broke his leg and ended up redshirting.

"He has his speed and intensity back now," said Coach Dawson. "He plays like he's got his hair on fire...he's a joy to watch."

The coaches are expecting big things out of Bowlen, who will graduate in December and have two years to play two.

LB Cameron Norwood
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 230
Forty: 4.75
Grad. Date: 12/01
Eligibility: 3 x 2

"The wildcard player on our whole team is linebacker, Cameron Norwood," said Dawson.

Norwood was a great running back at Washington HS in the Phoenix area back in 1999. But he wanted to play linebacker, which is where PC coaches put him last season.

Despite battling a hip flexor and the mental challenge of earning a new position, Norwood was able to make a good impression. "We think he's going to be big-time for us. He has all the physical abilities, talent, and intelligence. He just needs experience."

Norwood carries a 3.57 GPA and will graduate in December with 3 to play 2.


Another player to watch is cornerback, Daniel Thornburg. He may be smallish at 5-8, 155, but he bench presses an incredible 300 pounds! Thornburg is tremendous on the line, where he uses his quickness and strength to jam WRs. He recently clocked a 4.55 forth and will have 3 to play 2 upon graduating 5/02.

Quarterback is a great unknown for PC right now. They're bringing in four high school guys, however, and one of those guys will probably make a push for the starting nod.


*Forty times are handheld, average time of 3 attempts ran on same day.

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