HEAD COACH: Fred Fimbres (2nd season)
2003 OUTLOOK: Coach Fimbres expects to have at least 75 gridders on
the squad this fall and that alone is a great improvement. Five starters
return for the Roadrunners, among them DT Donald Craft (6-2, 290).
Fimbres noted that the Texas native, "Was switched over to defense from tight
end. He's (Craft) going to be on the D-line full time and we expect good
things from him." Another stalwart on the line is DE Kevin Hardiman
(6-0, 235), a returning All-Conference selection who recorded 17 1/2 sacks in
2002. The Roadrunners' other returning All-Conference selection is DB Jonathan
Laster (5-9, 180) whose talents, according to Fimbres, make him useful as
both a safety and cover man. CB Terrance Cotton (6-1, 180) also returns
in the secondary.
Offensively, returning WR David Angulo (5-10, 170) received high
praise from his coach. "David is quick and very fast. In fact, he finished in
the top ten in the 100 meters at the JC state championships this past spring,"
Fimbres remarked. "We improved our recruiting base and have many freshman who
only lack game experience," Fimbres added. Newcomers who should make an
immediate impact include DT Tony Tuala (6-0, 290, Temescal Canyon HS), DE
Allan Goff (6-2 1/2, 245, Escondido HS), DL Nate Brown (6-1, 265)
from nearby Victor Valley HS, and DL Andrew George (6-1, 260) from
Eisenhower of Rialto. Tuala was a terrific shotput and discus thrower in high
school. The few returnees and the many newcomers make COD not just a larger
team, but a more talented team as well.
FIRST GAME: Sept. 6 at Santa Barbara City College (4:00 p.m.).