Focus on the SWJCFC

Ever since the days when future NFL Hall of Famer John Randle was slamming quarterbacks to the turf for Henderson County, Texas junior college football has been known as a place where great defensive players are recruited and their skills honed.

Trinity Valley Community College is extraordinarily proud of Randle's defensive contribution to its past, but the present is all about offense. Try 667.3 yards and 61.7 points per game, both No. 1 in the NJCAA.

And it doesn't stop at Trinity Valley. Blinn, Navarro and Tyler are second through fourth, respectively in total offense. The same group is all among the top six in points per game, none under 50.3.

"It's surprised me, all this offense," said Navarro College's Brian Mayper, now in his third year as head coach of the Bulldogs. "It's usually the defensive guys who are the most talented and who stick out in this conference.

"But across the board, everybody is scoring. Blinn, Trinity Valley, Tyler, Kilgore and (Navarro) are all putting up huge numbers. And we're all doing it a little differently. "

Blinn is a perfect example. Former home to Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 pick Cam Newton, the Buccaneers have had a potent ground attack, sending multiple backs to the NFL.

When Keith Thomas was given the head coaching position, the Bucs went into overdrive on offense, virtually all of it through the air. Blinn throws the ball 69 percent of the time or 44.5 times per game. The quick-paced offense has made a national sensation out of redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Hubenak and receivers Dede Westbrook and Damion Ratley.

The trio's assault on the NJCAA record books could be derailed by a simple lack of games this season. Blinn scheduled only eight regular season tilts and must win this week at Kilgore and at home against Navarro next week to make the postseason and allow their numbers to grow exponentially.

Hubenak, 6-3, 195-pounder who started his college career as a walkon at Oklahoma State, flashed his talent as a senior in high school, leading his Georgetown (TX) team to a 15-1 record and state championship game appearance.

Less than 100 miles from where he was a high school star, Hubenak is now throttling opponents at a dizzying rate. Hubenak is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for an NJCAA-best 2,890 yards and 36 touchdowns. A 601-yard, 10-touchdown performance in Blinn's 80-0 win over Arkansas Baptist highlighted Hubenak's season.

But for him to challenge Bo Wallace's 53-touchdown, 4,604-yard season in 2011, Blinn is going to need to advance at least one round deep into the postseason.

Westbrook, leading the NJCAA with 188.5 yards per game receiving with 10 touchdowns, could approach Marquez Clark's (Navarro) NJCAA record 1,639 yards set in 2011.

But the Blinn offensive stars are far from the only offensive juggernauts in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference this season.

University of Houston transfer Kyle Postma won the Trinity Valley starting quarterback job in the spring and has promptly led the Cardinals to an unbeaten season, passing for 350.7 yards per game with 30 touchdowns. His go-to receiver is sophomore Jarvis Baxter, who averages 112.7 yards receiving per game to go with 11 touchdowns.

After sitting behind record-setting running back Tim Wright last season, Navarro's Ke'Aun Kinner has deftly put together an impressive season, averaging 152.4 yards per game and 14 touchdowns for the NJCAA's No. 1 rushing offense. His season was highlighted by a 270-yard outing in Trinity Valley's 66-30 win at Navarro.

Tyler running back Chaston Bennett hasn't gotten as many touches as Kinner, but he's still been very effective, leading NJCAA running backs with 18 touchdowns.


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