Team Preview: Blinn

Last year, it it wasn't for an overtime loss to Tyler, Blinn could have been playing for a National Championship. That disappointment has motivated the Buccaneers this offseason and they are poised to make another run at a SWJCFC title. Here is a look at some of their top prospects and contributors as we continue our series on the top JUCO programs in the country...

At quarterback, the Bucs are looking to replace Eric Matthews who decided to leave a year early in order to sign with Memphis.

They hope that Garry Kimble can come in and lead the offense and the talented freshman has the arm and the athleticism to be a real playmaker in their dynamic offense.

Marion Grice signed with Arizona State after a nice two-year stint in the backfield, so Blinn is looking for a replacement at running back. They have a host of freshmen tailbacks who they will count on to carry the load.

At wideout they will be led by Otis Seals who is really the only sophomore, but they have a handful of freshmen who could be real standouts this fall in their attack.

Along the offensive line, Blinn's top prospect is Tyler Edwards who already has offers from the likes of Houston, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, UTEP and West Virginia and a host of other schools eyeing his talents.

Also in the mix for playing time will be Chance McCormack and Pedro Ornelas.

On defense, Blinn always is loaded with talent up front and this year they have several candidates for post-season honors including defensive ends Ronald Fuller, John Sheehy and Darren Leaks.

At linebacker, Earl Hines (72 tackles, 3 sacks) and Brandon Thornton (71 tackles, 1 sack) are the leading returning tacklers. Both obviously have noses for the ball, but both are good leaders and they will be counted on a lot this fall.

Damien Stevens and Mitchell Villemez will also be in the rotation.

The secondary is led by safety Tevin Broussard who has several offers to his name. The talented safety can play almost any of the positions in the deep patrol and hopes to build off of a solid freshman season that saw him post 45 tackles and one interception.

Demetrius Woodard also returns at safety after posting 31 tackles and an interception.

At corner, Blinn will be pretty young, but Javon Neal returns and will see some playing time.

Blinn opens the season against Butler on the road September 1st and get started with SWJCFC play two weeks later on September 15th.

The Bucs have a tough draw having to travel to Trinity Valley and Navarro on successive weeks as they wrap up their season, so the real test on whether they are ready for a title won't come until that time.

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