2011 Team Preview: Citrus College

Citrus head coach Ron Ponciano enters season three of his tenure with the Owls and even with the losses of several players to D-1 schools, he and his staff have to be happy with what they have coming back. Here is a look at the top prospects to keep an eye on and what to look forward to this fall...

Citrus returns 18 players with starting experience (8 on offense; 10 on defense) which could be the most in the country for a JUCO program and they are led onto the field by QB Blake Loncar, a talented signal-caller that completed nearly 51% of his throws for over 1,500 yards with 15 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 2010.

When Loncar drops back to pass, he will have big-time targets like Kelvin Chatham and B.J. Oyefeso (21 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns) who both have big bodies and sure hands.

Ricky Johnson returns at running back after posting 429 yards as a backup in 2010.

The offensive line will be a work in progress as the Owls will have to replace the likes of Addison Bachman, Albert Cid, Jason Peacock and Chris Stringer who will all be on D-1 rosters this fall.

Defensively, Citrus has several interesting prospects including defensive ends Mitch Mullaly and Danzale White and DT Greg Triay inside.

Also remember the name of Donnie Fields, an incoming freshman, who the coaches are excited about.

Linebackers Steve Arceo, Jesse Tauiliili and Josh Wiley are all athletic and have motors while the secondary is held down by the likes of Arthur Forrest at safety and Jabril Pearson and Kelvin Simmons at corner.

Citrus got off to a good start on the season, downing West L.A. 27-14 last weekend.

The Owls have this weekend off before playing host to College of the Canyons on September 17th.


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