JC Alumni Report for 9-9-01

Hundreds of ex-JC players are making major impacts at four-year colleges around the nation. This is a weekly report showcasing some of the top performances by JC alums.

JC Alumni Player of the Week:

WR Nakoa McElrath, Washington State. The tall receiver from Palomar College was unstoppable in a 41-20 Cougs win over Boise State. McElrath finished with 8 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns. One score came from 71 yards out.

Other Great Performances:

Iowa State quarterback, Seneca Wallace (Sac City) rushed five times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He was 5-11 for 47 yards through the air against Northern Iowa.

The #1 Miami Hurricanes are getting huge weekly performances from tight end Jeremy Shockey (NE Oklahoma). Against Rutgers he hauled in 4 for 79 yards with a touchdown.

Washington came back to beat Michigan in Seattle and got a lot of help from last year's California JC defensive player of the year, Kai Ellis. In his first D1 game, Ellis contributed a paltry 13 tackles.

RB David Minnich (Mt. San Jacinto) carried the ball 22 times for 77 yards and his Wash. State Cougars defeated Boise State.

In that same game Northern Iowa back-up QB, Griff Jurgens (Wm. Rainey Harper), didn't do as well. In limited action he was 2-3 for 17 yards with an INT.

Idaho RB, Blair Lewis (Pasadena), had 21 carries for 110 yards against Arizona. I correctly predicted that Lewis would become ‘da man' after seeing him come off the bench and light things up in week one against Wash. State.

Donnie O'Neal (Coffeyville) was remarkable in his first season as an Arizona State Sun Devil last year. One game into the 2001 season with a new coaching staff and all is well yet again. O'Neal hauled in 7 for 101 yards with two TDs. Delvon Flowers (El Camino) is back from a year off (knee injury) and had 10 carries for 42 yards in the ASU win over SDSU.

BYU running back Brian McDonald (Cerritos) has been simply amazing so far in 2001. This week in a big win over Cal he carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards and had 2 catches for 59 including a 53-yard TD reception. Fellow teammate, Junior Mahe (Dixie State), is only in his first season but he's making the most of it having gone near or over 100 total yards in the first two games of the year. In the third game, Mahe 6 catches for 64 yards and one touchdown. Mike Rigell (Foothill) got in on the fun, too, with one big grab for 41 yards.

Olin Hannum (QB/Ath; Snow College) isn't getting to be a quarterback for the NC State Wolfpack. But they do let him run. Against Indiana he had 3 carries for 38 yards.

Meanwhile, the Wolfpack victims – Indiana – saw wide receiver Henry Frazier (Chabot) catch three for 39 yards.

Tennessee defensive back Julian Battle is making a major impact in his first season out of LA Valley College. He came up with a big INT against Arkansas that helped turn the momentum in the Vols' favor in what was looking like an Arkansas upset win.

Javon Walker (Jones County) has become the Florida State Seminoles' leading receiver. Against UAB he hauled in 3 balls for 104 yards.

Punter Brian Bradford (Trinity Valley) had 9 punts for 41.3 average with three placed inside the twenty as his team, Texas, rolled over North Carolina.

Roger Ross (WR; Garden City) had 7 catches for 87 yards in a losing effort against UCLA. He is definitely the go-to guy for the Jayhawks.

Kansas State barely got by Southern Cal in Los Angeles this weekend. The Trojans were driving for what would be the winning score, but USC quarterback Carson Palmer fumbled. Henry Bryant (DE; Garden City) recovered.

Colorado is rolling along with a nice win over San Jose State. RB Chris Brown (Fort Scott) scored three times for the Buffs and had 16 carries for 70 yards. He went over 100 in last week's game.

San Jose State's WR Edell Shepherd (West LA) continues to be a model of consistency bringing in another 6 balls for 60 yards.

New Mexico quarterback, Rudy Caamano (Mt. SAC), carried the ball 11 times for 46 yards with one TD and was 11-24-122 yards passing. It wasn't enough as his Lobos lost to Texas Tech.

Doug Gabriel (WR; Central Florida) was perhaps the most explosive player in Mississippi JC ball last season. He hasn't done much yet for UCF but did have one catch for 57 yards in a losing effort to Syracuse.

In two games so far for Virginia Tech, safety Kevin McCadam (Grossmont) has 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, and one INT.

Illinois State is off to a rocky start. This week they lost to Murray State with Kevin Zouzounis (CCSF) starting at QB. He went 10-18 for 73 yards and a pick before being replaced. LB Greg Helle (Santa Rosa) is making some big plays for the Red Birds and is one of their leading tacklers.

Iowa is absolutely rolling through two games so far, which has allowed back up QB Brad Banks (Hinds) some playing time. Against Miami (Ohio) he carried 9 times for 24 yards with a TD and was 8-15 for 65 yards.

BJ Lovett (WR; SUNY-Morrisville) got some playing time in Michigan State's first game. In the win over C. Michigan, Lovett caught 3 for 48 yards.

There was little chance that Western Carolina would beat Louisville, but they gave it a good effort. Former Montgomery QB, Pat Cilento, got the start and went 11-20 for 92 yard.

Dameon Hunter (Chaffey) – not Adam Tate (Mt. SAC) – was the man for the Utes this week in a 24-10 loss to Oregon. Hunter carried the rock 25 times for 104 yards. Meanwhile, Tate scored one time but had only 9 carries for 15 yards. WR Paris Jackson (Butte) got the ball 3 times for 13 yards.

Oregon's Mo Morris (Fresno) had 12 carries for 59 yards and a TD.

One of the top backs in the nation last year was Trinity Valley's Chavis McCollister. Grades forced him to Tarleton State. This week, in a loss to Sam Houston, McCollister had 4 carries for 24 yards. He'll find his rhythm and do very well I think.


*My apologies to all the defensive players and offensive linemen out there! We usually dig deeper for defensive stats and will do more next week.

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