2011 Team Preview: Hutchinson

The Jayhawk Conference has plenty of talented teams ready to challenge for the title and one of those is Hutchinson which again is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Today JCFootball.com takes a look at the 2011 Blue Dragons squad and which players to keep an eye on this fall...

Hutchinson head coach Rion Rhoades has a talented group of players returning in 2011 including five starters on offense and six on defense.

Offensively, the Blue Dragon attack is led by QB Elliot Alford, a dual-threat prospect who completed nearly 59% of his passes for 1,600 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while also rushing for 332 yards and five more scores.

When Alford drops back, his favorite target is WR Cordarrelle Patterson, one of the top JUCO players in the country this year. As a freshman last fall, Patterson posted 52 receptions for 908 yards and nine touchdowns and with his prototypical 6'4", 210-pound frame and 4.5 speed he has already hauled in offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Baylor, Kansas State and Tennessee among others.

RB Derek Campbell will do his best to replace Jamal Womble who signed with Northern Illinois. As a freshman last year, Campbell posted over 600 yards and nine touchdowns in a backup role. Now that he's the featured runner, over 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns isn't out of the question.

Paving the way for the offense is a young line that will be led by sophomores Malique Webster and Hank Schmedemann.

On defense, the Blue Dragons always have plenty of blue-chippers up front and this year is no different.

Defensive tackles Kam Matthews and Darrius Stroud are already garnering interest from D-1 schools and Stroud is already committed to Indiana.

Also in the mix is Tyler Rayl who could play inside or outside, depending on the needs of the defense.

At linebacker, Markus Golden is the big name, having posted 85 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks as a freshman last fall. The Missouri bounceback is set to sign with the Tigers after the season and there is a slight chance he may redshirt this season in order to save a year of eligibility, but if he plays he will be the leader of a swarming defense.

Shane Smith also returns at middle linebacker after posting 21 tackles as a freshman last fall.

The secondary has several interchangeable parts with the likes of Bradley Gallon, Brian King, Teandric Slocum and Spencer Vanderbogart all returning and Darrius Morrow, a transfer from El Camino, joining the mix this summer.

Hutchinson faces off against Kilgore on August 25th and then takes on Independence over the Labor Day weekend to begin the season.

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