PROSPECT PREVIEW: Garden City Defense

Before losing to Glendale (Ariz.) in Valley of the Sun Bowl, GCCC had gone 'WIRE TO WIRE' as the NJCAA's #1 team in the country. Coach Bob Larson's team was led by a staunch defense, which saw a number of its top player get D1 scholarships.

 

 

The offense was impressive at times, too, behind the feet and arm of quarterback Corey Jenkins (South Carolina). According to a knowledgeable fan in Kansas, Larson's team is in re-load mode.

We have a friend in Garden City, Kansas, who provides regular reports about the BroncBusters to JCFootball.com. Here is his report:

 
Things are coming along nicely with the Garden City C.C. BroncBusters. It remains to be seen if we can equal or better last year's record (11-1), but what is certain is that our players will be better. We have strengthened the areas that needed it, such as QB, TB and OL.

Here is a look at the returning starters (noted with *). What is important is the number of sophomores and redshirt freshmen and redshirt sophomores on this depth chart. All of the freshmen play in their first year and we have a good redshirt program.

Coming out of spring ball these players are #1 at their position. Also, we'll take a look at players that were placed and then finish with a list of players that could be placed.

#1 DEFENSE

*OLB / DE Khreem Smith (6-4, 242)
RS-Sophomore
Hialeah, FL
Notes: All-American candidate. Plays rush end.

KHREEM UPDATE: Received degree and will be moving to Oklahoma State for fall.

* Lance Carson (6-4, 276)
RS-Sophomore
Ft. Worth, TX
Notes: All-American Candidate. A Kansas bounce-back.

NG Ahmad Childress (6-7, 320)
RS-Freshman
Nashville, TN
Notes: May move to offensive tackle.

DE James Jackson (6-2, 222)
RS-Sophomore
Lenexa, KS
Notes: The heir to Henry Bryant (Kansas St.) at DE. Great quickness coming off the edge. Had a great game against Glendale in Valley of the Sun Bowl.

* ILB Derrick Pope (6-0, 227)
Sophomore
Galveston, TX
Notes: All-American candidate. Really lays some hat.

ILB Jess Parks (6-1, 240)
RS-Sophomore
Johnson, KS
Notes: Was penciled in as starter in 2000 until back injury. Took medical redshirt.

OLB Wes Lundeen (5-11, 206)
Sophomore
Hanston, KS
Notes: Part-time starter in 2000.

FS Dustin Everett (6-2, 199)
Sophomore
Newton, KS
Notes: Started early in 2000. 4.49 forty and 34 1/2" vertical.

SS / SAM Matt Mingenbeck (5-11, 200)
RS-Freshman
Great Bend, KS

CB Corey Reddick (5-8, 160)
Freshman
Boynton Beach, FL
Notes: From same high school that sent us Korey Banks, Remuise Johnson, and CJ Jones, all of whom signed with D1 schools. Runs 4.3 forty and did 33" vertical.

CB Cedrick Williams (5-9, 160)
Freshman
Florida
Notes: 4.22 forty and 30" vertical.

SPECIALISTS

* PK Berin Lacevic (5-9, 175)
Sophomore
Salina, KS
Notes: All-American candidate. 

* LS Mike Wilson (6-4, 246)
Sophomore 
Salina, KS
Notes: Will be highly recruited because of his skill as a long-snapper. The best I've seen.

P (wide open competition)

INCOMING PLAYERS

DE Gabe Nyenhuis (6-4, 258)
RS-Sophomore
St. Charles, IL
Notes: Transfer from Northwestern University. Has committed to Colorado.

QB Russell Lovett (6-4, 220)
Freshman
Thornton, CO
Notes: A QB that can both throw and run the ball. Click link for more information on this Colorado signee.

OT/DL Ray Green (6-7, 330)
Freshman
Junction City, KS
Notes: A Kansas State signee. From K-State site: Listed among high school All-Americans by Superprep magazine... High school All-American by Prepstar... Ranked 35th nationally among offensive-line prospects by Superprep... Listed 23rd on Superprep's Midlands list... Two-time first team All-State player... Second team all-state selection as sophomore... Earned All-I70 League honors three times... Three-time letterwinner and starter for Junction City... High school football coach was Randall Zimmerman... Also participated in track, earning I-70 League shotput title.

DT Chris Blanchard (6-2, 305)
Freshman
Mobile, AL
Notes: A Southern Miss signee.

DE Rashad Jeanty (6-3, 220)
Freshman
Miami, FL
Notes: A Central Florida signee. From UCF site: A tremendous player for coach Walt Frazier at Carol City. Rated 14th best player in the nation and sixth best in Florida by the Miami Herald...could make an immediate impact at UCF next year if he qualifies....tallied 82 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in his senior year...named All-Dade County and All-State as a senior...also named Southeast All-Region...Top Dog award at Carol City...played in the Dade-Broward All-Star Game...chose UCF over Virginia Tech and Ole Miss.

FINAL NOTES

There are a number of other players that could be headed to GCCC before fall camp begins. We have a list of names but will not post them yet as they are unconfirmed.

Once again it will be a dog fight between GCCC and Butler Co. for first place as these two teams are loaded again. Coffeyville could be third with Highland having a chance at fourth.

A team to watch in the future is Dodge City. Their new head coach is John Rossetti, who is GCCC's former defensive coordinator / secondary coach. In two or three seasons they will be a contender.


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