California QB's to Watch

Anyone who followed California JC football in 2001 knows that Fresno City QB Mark Hetherington was one of the top passers in the state last season and will likely be a big recruit this season. But what about the guys you didn't hear much about in 2001 because they were back-ups or they were injured? Here's a look at six of those sophomore quarterbacks (three from the north and three from the south).

Hassan Noble, College of San Mateo (6-1, 200) - In 2001, Noble served as the team's number two quarterback behind Jason Douglas, the state's top rated passer and a North Carolina A & T signee.  However, he received quite a bit of playing time in relief of Douglas.  Very athletic. Runs the option and throws very well which works very well in San Mateo's "Spread Option" offense (like that of Georgia Southern).  Top prospect on a team that returns a number of talented sophomores.  According to College of San Mateo offensive coordinator Bret Pollack,  "Whereas Jason Douglas did excellent within the offense, the offense is built for a player like Hassan Noble.  Hass is doing a great job working out, running and taking over for Jason as a leader."  He appears to be on track to being a mid year transfer.  Graduate of Woodside High School in San Mateo county.

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Hassan Noble in Action (Photos courtesy of Linda Herman)

Kevin Oberlander, Merced College (6-5, 180) - Although he saw limited action in 2001 behind sophomore Willie Steverson, Kevin Oberlander is expected to be one of the top QB prospects in the state in 2002.  In his limited action, Kevin was very impressive in 2001 with his combination of a great arm, great vision at 6-foot-5, and surprising speed, running a sub 4.6-forty.  He runs the option very well and is an outstanding athlete.  A gratuate of Atwater High School, Oberlander is a qualifier and will be able to transfer mid-year.

Joe McBride, Contra Costa College (6-5, 230) - Heading into the 2001 season, Joe McBride was expected to be one of the top prospects in the state.  However, a foot injury during the Spring and subsequent surgery put McBride on crutches and allowed Chris Dixon to have a great sophomore season at the Comets' QB.  Having rehabbed from his injury, McBride is expected to pick up right where he left off at the end of the 2000 season.  A former major league baseball draftee, McBride is an outstanding athlete and will use his combination of size and athleticism to lead the Comets in 2002.  A graduate of El Cerrito High School, MCBride will be a mid-year transfer.

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Joe McBride (Seen here on crutches in 2001)

Southern California

Jason Winn, College of the Canyons (6-1, 190) - A former Texas Tech Red Raider, Jason Winn bounced back to Canyons last Spring.  He was expected to lead the Canyons offense in 2001.  However, an injury brought his sophomore season to an early end.  He was able to get a redshirt for the season and he will return for the 2002 season.  A graduate of Granada Hills High School, Jason will be able to transfer mid-year. 

Ronald Venters, El Camino College (6-3, 190) - Although he wasn't his team's starter at the beginning of the 2001 season, Bakersfield High School graduate Ronald Venters started three games late in the season for the Warriors.  He developed a reputation as one of the conference's top freshman quarterbacks.  In three games, Venters completed 41 of 81 passes for 573 yards and 7 touchdowns.  He led the Warriors to a victory over Pasadena City College, the Lancers' only loss in a 10-1 season.  Taking over as he teams' starting QB heading into 2002, Venters should be one of Southern California's best.   

Kelly Coburn, Santa Ana College (6-2, 215) - In 2001, freshman Kelly Coburn shared time with fellow freshman Greg Farrell.  During the time in which he was healthy, Coburn completed 58 of 113 passes for 770 yards and 7 touchdowns.  Heading into 2002, it sounds like Coburn with be "the guy" for the Dons.  According to coach Geoff Jones, Coburn has a "big time arm" and is a "solid leader."  He carries a 3.11 GPA.  He should be among the Mission Conference's top sophomores in 2002.


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