SWJCFC Preview: Blinn College

This is the first in a series of SWJCFC team previews by contributing writer, Mike Montfort. Brad Franchione, the former defensive line coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the son of Texas A&M University head coach Dennis Franchione, replaced Scott Maxfield. Maxfield went to Henderson State after posting a 20-10 record with two playoff appearances and a bowl win in three seasons. Franchione inherits a team that won the 2004 Sea Island Golden Isles Bowl Classic.

Location: Brenham, Texas

Colors: Royal Blue and White

Home Field: Spencer Stadium (4,000, Grass)

Head Coach: Brad Franchione (1st Year)

Assistant Coaches: Mike Nesbitt (OC/QB/WR), Will Richard (OL), Keith Browning (OL), Allen Johnson (DB/RC), Will Cook (DL); Nick Chavis (RB)

2005 Preseason Ranking: None

2004 Record: 9-2

2004 SWJCFC Record: 5-1 (Second Place)

Bowl Games: Won the Sea Island Golden Isles Bowl Classic over Jones County, Miss., 20-14.

2004 National Ranking: 7th NJCAA

Type of Offense: One-Back

Type of Defense: 4-3

Returning Lettermen: 12

Returning Offensive Starters: Joe Danna (6-4, 210, QB, Silver Spring, Md.); James Johnson (6-1, 190, RB, Port Arthur Memorial); Tony Burson (6-4, 305, C, Katy); Kevin Davis (6-4, 310, OG, Galena Park North Shore); Kurt Kutscher (6-7, 320, OT, Navarro)

Returning Defensive Starters: Ryan Mouton (5-11, 190, CB, Katy); Jacob Patek (5-10, 190, CB, Victoria Memorial); Courtney Edmond (6-1, 215, LB, LaMarque); Cedric Johnson (6-2, 220, LB, Yoakum); Ryan Mengo (6-4, 300, DT, Baytown Sterling); Donald Brown (6-1, 290, DT, Houston Waltrip)

Returning All-Conference Starters: James Johnson (6-1, 190, RB, Port Arthur); Tony Burson (6-4, 305, C, Katy); Jacob Patek (6-2, 205, Fr., Sp Teams, Victoria Memorial).

Top Freshman Recruits: Karlidaris "Boo" Beechum (6-0, 200, RB, Carthage); Kevin Ferguson (6-2, 200, WR, Sugarland Kempner); Don Brooks (6-0, 200, RB, Waller); Chris Davis (6-3, 235, TE, Dallas Kimball); Desmond Doss (6-1, 180, WR, Silsbee); Quincy Driver (6-1, 180, WR, Houston Lamar); Greg Jones (6-5, 290, DT, Ennis); Quinton Johnson (6-5, 350, OL, Port Arthur Memorial); Maseo Mask (6-3, 185, WR, Crockett); Terrius Pervey (6-1, 190, RB, Gainesville); Patrick Roberts (5-9, 170, DB, Ennis); Terrance Flagg (6-2, 225, LB, Bay City); Brad Guidry (6-6, 225, QB, Rusk); Chris Webb (6-2, 205, QB, Lake Dallas); Garrett Tidwell (5-10, 170, DB/QB, Boyd); Brian Haywood (6-4, 295, DT, San Antonio Southwest)

2005 Schedule

Aug 27 -- v. Cisco at Copperas Cove, 7 p.m.
Sept 3 -- v. Pima, Ariz., at San Angelo, Noon
Sept 12 -- at Abilene Christian University JV, 4 p.m.
Sept 17 -- Open Date
Sept 24 -- Kilgore *, 3 p.m.
Oct 1 -- at Tyler *, 3 p.m.
Oct 8 -- TVCC *, 3 p.m.
Oct 15 -- at NEO *, 3 p.m.
Oct 22 -- Cisco * +, 3 p.m.
Oct 29 -- at Navarro *, 3 p.m.

* SWJCFC Games
+ Homecoming

NOTES: New athletic director at Blinn is Greg Hinze, former assistant athletic director for marketing and operations at Sam Houston State. Hinze, hired in late June, replaced Kevin Steele, who became AD at California Baptist University…..Bucs have only three home dates and won't open at Spencer Stadium until the fifth playing week (September 24)….Franchione said four players are battling for the starting QB job, including sophomore Joe Danna, and freshmen Brad Guidry and Chris Webb…Freshman WR Kevin Ferguson is related to Green Bay Packer / Texas A&M / Tyler JC WR Robert Ferguson…..WR Driver is a cousin of Packers' Donald Driver….Beechum was a 198-pound weight class state champion powerlifter (1545 pounds in the series) and rushed for 25 TD his senior season….Beechum scored 8 TD from 50-plus yards during Carthage's first six games last year (95, 77, 70, 65, 60, 51 (2), 50.….Ennis DL Greg Jones, Boyd QB Garrett Tidwell, and Bay City LB Terrance Flagg were Blinn signees who played in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game July 26 at San Antonio.

Mike Montfort is a teacher, free-lance sportswriter, part-time sports broadcaster, sports statistician and historian based in Corsicana, Tx.  For 12 years, he's worked on Navarro College football broadcasts in Corsicana and helped to compile Bulldog statistics.


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