Delta Sophomore Receivers Prepare to Move On

San Joaquin Delta receivers Tony McPherson, Wesley Williams, and Steven Vickers just completed their two-year careers for the Mustangs. Now the trio of wide out prepare to move on to the next level with some great options, led by mid year transfer Williams.

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San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs
Stockton, California

San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton has developed a reputation for having a great passing offense and turning out great wide receivers under the direction of offensive coordinator/ head coach Gary Barlow.  Barlow was involved with the football program at L.A. Valley during their period of great success in the early to mid 1990s.

During the 2000 season, Barlow had three receivers who were among the top wide outs (statistically) in the state.  Two of the three were sophomores with the one freshman being All-Purpose nightmare Tony McPherson.  As a freshman, McPherson hauled in 31 receptions for 582 yards and four touchdowns.  Fellow freshmen Wesley Williams and Steve Vickers were quietly overshadowed by the group.

However, as sophomores in 2001, McPherson, Williams, and Vickers were a force to be reckoned with throughout the season.

Tony McPherson Wesley Williams Steve Vickers

Tony McPherson #88 (6-1, 185), Wesley Williams #4 (6-3, 220),
and Steve Vickers #6 (6-0, 195)

McPherson (6-1, 185) finished the season with 52 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He also added 47 yards on punt returns and 564 yards on kick-off returns for a total of 1,401 All-Purpose yards.  He capped off the season by being named the offensive Player of the Game in the Capital Shrine Bowl.

He has not lined up any visits as this point because he will not graduate and be able to transfer until May.  However, whichever school waits for him will have an outstanding player to work with.

Vickers (6-0, 195) completed the season with 47 receptions 496 yards and 4 touchdowns in only nine games.  His average of 5.2 receptions per game was second on the team to freshman Jomo Wilson.

Williams (6-3, 220) was tied for second on the team with 48 receptions behind McPherson and tied with freshman Jomo Wilson.  During the course of the season, Williams racked up 583 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Wilson has been contacted by a number of major I-A universities over the course of the season and is now in the process of lining up his trips.  Thus far, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Troy State, San Jose State, and Oklahoma have all made phone contact with Wesley and his father in regard to setting up a trip.  Now that the season is over for Williams, he can fit all of his trips into his schedule.  He will be able to transfer mid-year, so he has a small period of time during which he must take his trips.

Williams is a very good student and plans to major in engineering.  Wesley's father believes that it would be in his best interest to attend a school like Purdue because their engineering program is very strong.  No matter which school he chooses, Wesley Williams will likely be a success in the classroom and on the field.

Watch for Wesley Willams, Tony McPherson, and Steve Vickers to do well at the next level. 


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