2011 Team Preview: Arizona Western

Since he arrived at Arizona Western five years ago, Matadors head coach Tom Minnick has quietly increased the talent level they put on the field on a weekly basis. This year is no different and they may just have enough talent to get a National Championship once it's all said and done...

The Matadors return 14 starters including six on offense and eight on defense.

Offensively, the loss of All-American Reggie Bullock will be eased by Damien Williams a bruising back who totaled over 700 yards while seeing limited carries behind Bullock.

Williams already is off to a fast start on the season after totaling 101 yards and two scores in Arizona Western's first game of the season, a 44-7 rout of Monterrey Tech.

Paving the way from his fullback position will be Dominique Wallace.

Up front the Matadors have returnees David Kekuewa at center and Devin Smith at tackle and newcomer Brent Walker who could play guard or tackle.

Under center will likely be a freshman Cameron Coffman who has nice size and a live arm.

When Coffman drops back he'll have plenty of targets including tight ends Emmanuel Bibbs and Darwin Rogers as well as wide receivers Joshua Ford, DeJoshua Johnson, Shaun Kitchens and Dunston Owens.

Defensively, the Matadors are loaded with talent.

They return several starters in the front seven including DT Calvin Tonga and defensive ends Matt Miller and Michael Terry.

The newcomers up front are Hinds transfer Happy Iona and Randy Gregory who could be a star by this time next year.

At linebacker, Chris Young, a Washington signee, returns after posting 70 tackles and two interceptions in 2010.

Steffon Martin will also be along to make heavy contributions as well as Ryan Mosby, a transfer from Kentucky, and Zach Quines who led the team in tackles in 2010 with 90 while also posting five sacks.

Like the rest of the defense, the secondary is loaded with talent as well as experience.

Josh Brown and Tony Grimes will man the corner positions while Joe Jackson is a ballhawk from the safety position.

Cameron Rayn is also expected to be very active as a youngster in the secondary.

Now 1-0 on the season, Arizona Western will face Mesa at home on September 10th.


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