Team Preview: Orange Coast

Last season Orange Coast finished 4-6, but three of those losses were by seven points or less. This fall, the Pirates think they have the players to help get them over .500 and they hope to play in a bowl game following the season. Today, takes a look at some of the top prospects on their roster and what folks can expect from them...

At quarterback, the Pirates struggled to find any consistency, but Mike Frank led the team with nearly 1,000 yards passing while completing 56.4% of his passes for three touchdowns and six interceptions.

At tailback, Dominic Betts, one of the top JUCO runners in the country last year, is ineligible, so the burden will fall upon Robert Penny who played for the Pirates back in 2010 and received Second Team All-Conference honors after posting 650 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Leading the way for the running attack will be Andre Thompson who is a bruising fullback that is a bit of a throwback.

Along the offensive line, the Pirates will be young, but they do have a solid offensive lineman in Kyle Finney who loves to maul people in the running game, but is athletic enough to get to the second level and track defenders in space.

On defense, the Pirates have several top prospects including DT Talon Sudbeck, a 6'5", 270-pounder who has the ability to play anywhere along the line.

The linebackers will be led by Austin Bennett and Nick Cody, both of whom are already getting quite a bit of interest from four-year schools.

Cody finished second on the team in tackles last season with 85 and earned Second Team All-Conference honors. He's super-strong and he runs well and shows great instincts. He will definitely be one to watch this fall.

The secondary is in great shape with the leadership of CB Clay Guess and safeties Hunter Vanderpool and Kellon Truxton.

Guess didn't play in 2011, but led the team with five interceptions in 2010. The coaches love his speed and athleticism and think he could be a real playmaker for them in the deep patrol this fall.

Truxton isn't just a stud on the field. He's also getting it done in the classroom with a 3.65 GPA and the coaches think he'll have a big season for them this in 2012.

We don't feature a lot of kickers, but when warranted, we definitely include them and K Jackson Dionne is a player who will find his way onto an FBS roster following the season.

Last year, as a freshman qualifier, Dionne managed to hit on 29 of 29 PATs and went 10 of 18 on field goal attempts including four from 50-plus yards away.

He was named First Team All-Conference for his efforts and with another solid season, he'll see recruiting pick up later this fall.

OCC has a chance to get off to a fast start this year with a home game against Moorpark to start the season on September 1st and then road games at Pasadena and Long Beach the following two weeks.

If they can start the season off well, there is a chance they could make some noise this season and put themselves in position to get to the post-season.

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