Five to Watch in California - Issue #4

Five to Watch
California, 2001

Issue #4:  Quarterbacks

With the 2001 season looming in the not too distant future, we continue to look at five prospects to watch at each position.  This is not and end all, be all list.  Rather, we are taking into consideration a player's performance in 2000 and their coach's assessment of the player as a prospect.  Stop number four is the quarterbacks:

1.  Andy Goodenough, Palomar College (6-4, 215) - This one is a no brainer after Goodenough exploded on to the scene in 2000.  In his second game as a starter, The freshman from Corvallis High School in Oregon completed 30 of 40 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.  Over the course of the season, Goodenough completed 207 of 303 passes for 2,339 yards and 19 touchdowns with only five interceptions.  He was voted the All-Mission Conference Central Division Co-Offensive Player of the Year (along with UNLV-bound receiver Derrick Barnes of Santa Ana).  In addition, he was named All-State Region IV quarterback along with Colorado-bound Robert Hodge of El Camino.  He is an extremely accurate passer with good footwork and vision.  He was a qualifier out of high school and will be able to transfer mid-year.

2.  Nathan Chandler, Pasadena City College (6-7, 245) - If you based positions on size, Chandler would be more likely a tight end or defensive end.  However, this big Texan is a quarterback all the way.  A graduate of South Lake Carroll High School, Chandler signed with Texas Tech out of high school.  However, he decided to change his path by transfering to PCC.  As a freshman, Chandler pushed incumbent quarterback Josh Knight (West Texas A & M) for playing time in 2000.  Across the course of the season, Chandler completed 61 of 110 passes for 679 yards and 4 touchdowns in part-time action.  Possibly more impressive are his rushing statistics.  Chandler ran 26 times for 221 yards, an average of 8.5 yards per carry.  So yes, he can move.  According to PCC head coach Tom Maher, Chandler has a quick release and great feet.  He carries a 3.5 G.P.A. and is a devout Christian.  Pretty impressive.

3.  Jason Douglas, College of San Mateo (6-1, 180) - In a conference known for good quarterback prospects, including Minnesota's Travis Cole (Foothill) and Washington's Taylor Barton (CCSF), Jason Douglas may follow in their footsteps.  Douglas, a graduate of McAteer High School in San Francisco exploded onto the JC scene in 2000.  His combination of a good arm and outstanding athleticism made him an instant success at CSM.  Over the course of the season, Douglas completed 125 of 216 passes for 1,965 yards and 14 touchdowns.  When it came down to voting for the All-Golden Gate Conference quarterback, there was a big push for Douglas to receive the honor.  However, the coaches decided to recognize four quarterbacks on the first team All-Conference, including CCSF's platoon of sophomores Taylor Barton and Kevin Zouzounis (both of whom started half of CCSF's games in 2000) and Foothill freshman Ryan Sorahan (heading to the University of Arkansas).  There was no question that Douglas had left his an impression on the coaches of the Golden Gate Conference.  He should pick up right where he left off at the end of 2000.

Jason Douglas

4.  Orlando Evans, City College of San Francisco (6-1, 195) - Although he hasn't been named as CCSF's starter for 2001, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict this one.  A graduate of Brookside Christian H.S in Stockton, Evans played the 2000 season at Solano College.  At Solano, Evans was a threat from multiple positions, lining up at both quarterback and receiver on a regular basis.  He completed 110 of 184 passes for 1,460 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He also rushed for 497 yards and scored 8 touchdowns on the ground.  He was an exciting all around player for the Falcons throughout the season and was named co-first team All-Mid-Empire Conference quarterback.  After the season, Evans accepted a scholarship to San Jose State University, but decided to come to CCSF for his second year of JC eligibility rather than take the scholarship to SJSU.  Because Solano suspended their program for the 2001 season, Evans did not have to establish his residency at CCSF prior to the start of the season.  He spent most of the Spring with the Rams and although he is still learning the system, his athleticism should be able to carry him.

5.  Mike Souza, Hartnell College (6-0, 180) - Souza was an immediate impact player as a freshman at Hartnell in 2000.  A graduate of North Monterey County High School, Souza was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Coast Conference in 2000.  Over the course of the season, Souza completed 95 of 219 passes for 1,383 yards and 13 touchdowns.  In addition, Souza rushed for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Souza proved throughout the season that he could hurt teams with his arm and with his legs.  When teams would stack players in the box to try to defend Coast Conference MVP Loliki Bongo-Wanga (Texas Tech), Souza would exploit their secondary.  His ability to scramble and make things happen made Souza a constant threat and will likely continue in 2001.

Mike Souza

Tim Garcia, Modesto Junior College (6-1, 180)
- As a freshman in 2000, Tim Garcia wasn't noticed right away.  He had to earn the starting position several games into the season.  However, once the job was his, he was impressive.  He completed 70% of his passes as he connected on 138 of 197 attempts for 1,565 yards and 9 touchdowns.  His QB rating was among the best in the state.  He is a graduate of Davis High School in Modesto. 

Joe McBride, Contra Costa College (6-5, 225) - This big, strong armed, drop back passer made a big impact in 2000.  A graduate of El Cerrito High School in Contra Costa County, McBride put up impressive numbers in 2000.  He completed 108 of 204 passes for 1,598 yards and 19 touchdowns.  He was named All-Bay Valley Conference following the season.  He runs well with a 4.8-forty.  McBride was a professional baseball draftee out of high school, although he was courted by many universities to play football.  He was a qualifier, making himself all the more recruitable. 

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