Team Preview: Ventura

Ventura finished the season 7-4 last season and they return a lot of talent from last season's team including 40 sophomores who bring at least some experience to the field. spoke with Pirates head coach Steve Mooshagian over the weekend and he gave us a look at some of his top prospects and who he and the rest of the staff will be relying on this fall...

At quarterback, the Pirates could have the best situation of any So Cal JUCO program with starter Chase Smith, who should be greatly improved after completing 50.3% of his passes for over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for nearly 400 yards and three more scores.

"Chase is going to be really good this year, we feel really comfortable with him back there," Mooshagian told recently. "But then we also have Ebahn Feathers who is a bounceback from Fresno State and we also have a freshman, Marc Evans, who is going to be special as well."

When the Pirates want to run the ball, they will hand it to Victor Caro who isn't the biggest back out there, measuring in at 5'8" and 180 pounds, but he still pounded defenses last year for nearly 700 yards and three touchdowns.

At wideout, Ventura doesn't have a lot back, but Mooshagian is pretty comfortable with what they have in the fold.

"Greg Cuthbertson is a big physical kid who we like a lot and he's our best wideout right now," Mooshagian noted. "Dylan McDaniel is a guy who redshirted for us last season and he's ready to go and he's having a great camp so far and we think he'll be a pretty special kid this fall too."

Up front, the Pirates will have some talent and they are led by OG C.J. Hoohuli and OT Albert Miranda who both have futures at the next level.

On defense, the Pirates return a lot of talent to a unit that allowed just 22 points per game.

Along the defensive line, DE Colby Cabatu and swing-man DeAndre Roberts, who can play both end or tackle, will be the stallwarts.

The linebackers will be led by P.J. Gremaud, who finished with a team-leading 68 tackles last season.

"Gremaud is a great player and really instinctive," Mooshagian said. "He's really phyiscal and he's smart so he makes sure we are in the right play and we think he could be a really highly recruited kid when it's all said and done."

Also in the mix is Herbert Monroe at outside linebacker.

The secondary has a handful of top prospects including corners Lakeith Murray (30 tackles, 4 interceptions), Drek Reid (57 tackles, 15 passes defensed) and Jordan Howard.

"Howard is just a really great athlete and he's one of the best return guy I've been around," Mooshagian said. "We tried him at wideout a little this spring and he could have played it and done well there, but we think he's even better at corner, so he'll be there for us and he'll be a dangerous return-guy for us too."

Ventura is already underway with their training camp and will face off against Riverside in a non-conference game on September 1st to begin their season.

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