Head Coach: Tyler Sisco
Career Record: Overall 23-36; 1st season at NIACC
2002 Record: 7-3 overall, 5-3 conference
Returning Starters: Offense: 4, Defense: 5
NJCAA Preseason Ranking: Received votes
First Game: At Grand Rapids CC, Sept. 6 (1:00pm)
Groshwan Edwards (6-5, 307) and Derek Nelson (6-5, 280) will anchor the offensive line. B.J. Flowers (5-9, 185) will be the top returning rusher for the Trojans. Flowers rushed for 914 yards on 124 carries and 9 touchdowns. Dave Higgins (6-3, 200) is the only returning wide out. Higgins caught 14 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns during the 2002 season. The biggest question of the season will be who will replace Michael Lawrence as the Trojan's signal caller.
Coach Sisco will have a solid set of defensive starters returning. Linebackers Nate Geerts (6-1, 205) and Evan Shaw (6-1, 267) will be the leaders of this season's defense. Geerts and Shaw are both coming off of impressive freshman seasons and expectations will be high entering this season. Geerts ended 2002 will 2 sacks to go along with his 63 tackles and Shaw had 3 fumble recoveries along with 60 tackles. Andre Gould (6-3, 240) will anchor the defensive line while Greg Falls (6-0, 200) will be expected to play a big role in the secondary.
NIACC's top three incoming recruits are very good. Chuck Beamon, a 5-10, 180-pound defensive back from Charlotte, NC, was a North Carolina / South Carolina Shrine Bowl participant. In his senior season at East Mecklenburg, Beamon ran a 4.41 forty, had 104 tackles, 21 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, averaged 22.2 yards per kick off return and 19.5 yards per punt return. Chris Caso, a 5-10, 190-pound defensive back from Miami, FL, should also be able to contribute immediately. Caso was a 1st Team All-Dade team member and 2nd team Florida All-State Pick. Charles Brentley and Breian Micou will also be expected to contribute this season.