Team Preview: Santa Rosa

Playing in the always tough Nor Cal Conference, Santa Rosa has a daunting task in making it to the post-season, however, with the talent they have assembled on both sides of the ball this year, they have a chance to make some noise. JCFootball.com takes a look at some of the top Bear Cub prospects that four-year schools are looking at and what to expect from them this fall...

Santa Rosa's offense is always explosive and the trigger-man they will rely on this fall is Brycson King who saw most of the reps at the position as a freshman last fall.

King completed nearly 63% of his passes for 1,437 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and the expectation is that this season he will be much better and ready to lead them to a bowl game.

When he drops back, King will have plenty of weapons to throw to including K'Lan Anderson, a stud slot-receiver, Andre Davis, who is a big target and super-fast Jordan Bergstrom who posted a blistering 4.35 forty this spring.

At tailback, Quincey Whittington, a bounceback from SMU who will have to go D-2 because of some clock issues, will likely get the majority of the carries, but the Bear Cubs do have some solid incoming freshman to choose from as well.

Along the offensive line, the Bear Cubs will be relatively young, but they do have a top recruit in Ely Anderson who is a very good athlete that excels in pass-protection which is a good thing because Santa Rosa loves to chuck it around quite a bit.

On defense, Santa Rosa is in great shape up front with the likes of DE Garrett Guanella and DT Chris Smith making their presence felt this fall.

Both had solid freshmen seasons with Guanella posting 52 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and five sacks while Smith led the team with 6.5 sacks to go along with 29 tackles and 6.5 tackles-for-loss.

Also in the mix will be DE Mike Tualia who saw limited reps as a freshman, but has had a great offseason and the coaches expect him to hold down the defensive end spot opposite Guanella.

Austin Shull, a full-qualifier who can leave after the season, will be counted on at linebacker to go along with some other youngsters.

The secondary boasts a couple of prospects to keep an eye on in CB Randy Harvey and Brandon Jones.

Harvey was a lock-down corner for the Bear Cubs as a freshman in 2011, racking up 34 tackles to go along with two interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

The Santa Rosa defense has the players and coaches to keep things close, so if the offense can start to click early, especially against out-of-league foes American River and Fresno City in successive weeks before the start of Nor Cal play, they have a chance to be a real sleeper this fall.


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