2011 Team Preview: College of San Mateo

The Nor Cal Conference is one of the toughest in all of junior college football and once again, the CSM Bulldogs are poised to challenge for the title. JCFootball.com takes a look at which players will lead the way in 2011 and what to watch out for this season...

San Mateo always has loads of talented players and this year is no exception.

Leading the way in the three-headed quarterback battle is sophomore Miles Freeman, a talented signal-caller who threw for 530 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions while rushing for nearly 500 more yards and four more scores as a freshman in 2010.

"Miles is a talented kid, but we have three guys in camp who can get it done," CSM defensive coordinator Tim Tulloch told JCFootbal.com.

Behind whoever starts at center will be explosive running back Vaughn Smith who totaled over 400 yards and five touchdowns in 2010.

"He's got explosive speed," Tulloch said. "He breaks down angles and just runs away from people. He's going to help us a lot."

At wide receiver, the loss of Rahsaan Vaughn, who is now at Oregon, could be troublesome, but the Bulldogs have some talented incoming freshmen along with sophomores Antoine Turner and Marcus McDaniels who both fill different roles.

"Antoine is more of our outside, speed guy while Marcus is your prototypical slot receiver," Tulloch said. "We have some really talented incoming freshmen too, so there will be some good battles there."

CSM always has a huge offensive line and this season is no different.

Led by the likes of Chuck Ragland, Fehoko Fanaika, John Murphy, Paul Bevilacqua and Sione Maile they should be able to pave the way for the running game and keep whoever is under center upright.

"Those guys up front are big and athletic," Tulloch said. "We expect all of them to get some recruiting attention and a couple of them should be high D-1 recruits."

On Defense, CSM is always stout and this year up front, anchoring their attacking 3-4 scheme should be Barrett Wangara at the strongside defensive end position.

"Barrett is just a beast," Tulloch said. "He's really strong at the point of attack and he's explosive."

At linebacker, the Bulldogs have Justing Sagote who totaled 45 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery and D.J. McDonough.

"Both of those guys fly around and make plays and they are leaders," Tulloch noted.

The secondary is manned by the likes of safeties Lucky Dozier and Alex Hubbard and lockdown corner Ronald Fields who already has several D-1 programs looking his way.

"Our secondary should be really tough to throw on this year and with guys like Ronald and Lucky and Alex back there we have a lot of faith in them," Tulloch noted.

The Bulldogs begin the 2011 season against Fresno on September 10th.

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