They also had more All-conference selections (11) than any GCC team since 2005.
The biggest difference was a major influx of talent, as 15 states are represented on the Vaq roster, which has sparked the interest of many more college coaches in recruiting thus far.
Linebackers Marcus Tappan and Noche Nwofor spearhead a defense that was a remarkable +20 in giveaway-takeaway ratio. Between the two of them, they had a combined 127 tackles (26.5 for loss), 14 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 touchdowns in 10 games. Both have been offered by Indiana State and Tappan is planning to visit Arkansas State next weekend. (Note: This could change as ASU HC just accepted new job at Boise St.)
DE David Smith (6-1, 245) had a relentless motor on defense, as the Maryland native was tied for second in tackles with 56 (11.5 for loss). As a qualifier out of high school, his recruitment is just starting to pick up, as he is 4-for-3 with major potential to bulk up and move inside as he keeps working hard in the weight room (325 lb. bench, 450 lb. squat).
On the back end, two players from the South were major contributors: Nate Weston and R.J. Jackson. Weston, an Ole Miss transfer from Lovejoy, GA had 37 tackles and as a kick returner returned 2 kicks for touchdowns. He also runs track, with his best time in the 100 at 11.12. Jackson was a hard hitting corner/safety/nickel back who transferred from South Alabama. His 40 has been clocked at 4.44.
The team also had a major renaissance on offense. Freshman 4-for-3 qualifier Isaiah Bernard led the team with 47 catches and 8 touchdowns. He possesses great speed, with his best track time being 10.89 at Chaminade HS, and besides Indiana State's offer, his recruitment is just getting started as well (available now). D'Angelo Blake has had an excellent two-year run at Glendale as an X-receiver, punt returner, and safety. His lenghthy 6-2 frame and legit 4.52 speed should give the former Long Beach Jordan standout plenty of options in the upcoming months.
Two other high school qualifiers are very intriguing on offense: WR Brock Kap and TE/H-back Tanner Mays. Kap is a slot receiver from Utah built in the mold of Brian Hartline/Wes Welker, who runs all underneath/intermediate routes, along with bubbles, exceptionally well. The 6-footer had 40 catches- 2nd on the team, and runs a 4.52 40. Mays caught 20 balls for 167 yards and 2 TDs, was one of the top javelin throwers in the state of Oregon out of high school, has a ridiculously high football I.Q., and long snaps. Both also were qualifiers out of high school.
The Vaqueros also had two very talented specialists: K Dan Blackford and P Forrest Ascarrunz- both whom have Division-1 capable leg strength. Blackford has the range from 55 yards and kicked 6 balls into the endzone for touchbacks in 5 games, while Ascarrunz routinely hit punts with 5 second hang times. The future looks bright for Glendale College, which made great strides in 2013.